Have you spent too much time scouring the internet looking for the perfect present for the photographer in your life? Lenses and cameras are expensive gifts to give, so if you’re looking for affordable gifts for photographers to treat the photography lover in your life, you’ve come to the right place. Forget about photography themed coffee mugs; this photography gift guide is full of affordable Amazon finds every shutterbug will actually use!
Photo Editing Accessories
Post-production is equally as important as taking photos, and these simple photo editing tools make the process so much easier.
Lightroom or Photoshop Guides
Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop are two of the most popular photo editing tools on the market. These robust programs offer a plethora of features that can be overwhelming at first glance. These inexpensive keyboard covers and user manuals will drastically improve workflow, increase skill with industry-leading tutorials literally at your fingertips.
One of the best things about Lightroom is the ability to save presets, which are settings for your favorite aesthetics. Some professional photographers sell their pre-sets, making it even easier for photographers who don’t know how or don’t want to create their own. For just a few bucks, you can really improve the visual style of every photo in your Lightroom catalog.
External Hard Drive
Everyone knows digital photos take up a lot of space. For many people, it can be an incredibly emotional process to delete images from favorite memories, which is where the fear of running out of room in their computer kicks in. An external drive is an asset for those photographers who need some extra space and it also helps stay organized as well as improve the computer speed, which can be very helpful when editing photographs on a PC or laptop.
Cool Photography Accessories
These must-have photography trinkets protect our equipment and help us capture images exactly the way we envisioned them.
Essential for outdoor photographers, camera rain covers protect your equipment from wet weather and harsh conditions like hail, thunderstorms, and even dust storms!
No matter your level of experience, it’s important to consider lighting which can make or break an image. These high-quality photography lights are versatile and effective and will help you take photos like a pro! Use them in your home or travel with them on the go–no matter what, they’ll make sure your lighting is perfect.
Backdrops and props are essential for any photographer and a diverse collection of backgrounds allows you to add variety to your photos. They make it easy to decorate with light colors or dark patterns; a good background makes a difference in an image and you can get one that goes well with any subject. Backdrop themselves can be dramatic or simulate settings such as flooring for still life shots or fruits and vegetables lying on a rough wooden table top.
Camera Shoulder Bags and Backpacks
Camera bags are an essential accessory for every photographer. Everyone needs a place to store your camera and other equipment. Most have compartments for lenses, filters or accessories. Camera bags protect your gear from rain or snow and can be worn as a backpack, sling bag, or even a purse.
Kurved Camera Lens Cap
That cheap little plastic stored at the end of a lens protects a piece of equipment that is far more valuable than the lens cap itself. It’s critical that a lens cap is easy to take off with one hand, but not so easy that it falls off with a light bump. It’s a fine line that Kurved Lens Caps straddles nicely. The best part is they are a one size fits all, so you don’t have to sneak around trying to find what size to buy.
This game-changer turns a trekking pole into a multipurpose tool for the hiker and landscape photographer in your life. This part trekking pole, part monopod, makes snapping sharp landscape photos without all the hassle and weight of tripods a cinch. I used this monopod in the Great Smoky Mountains to capture long exposure waterfalls and you’d never know I didn’t use a traditional tripod.
Cheap Photo Gift Ideas
These cheap gifts for photographers are practical, work for any budget, and offer a great selection of options that will satisfy any amateur or pro photographer. There’s something here for everyone, whether it’s stocking stuffers, Secret Santa gifts, or White Elephants.
Lens Cleaning Kit
The lens cleaning kit can be pulled out of a bag at any time. It includes the perfect tools to remove dust from lenses – a lens cloth, brush, and blower. These handy toolkits are an invaluable item for any serious photographer’s gear bag.
A lens wrap is a creative gift idea for photographers that protects their lens without the use of bulky camera bags. While a camera backpack is amazing, sometimes you need room for more than just photography equipment and the lens wrap frees up space for other things. I use my lens wraps on 3 day weekends when I am trying to get by with a single backpack for clothes and gear, so this would be a great gift for travel photographers.
A unique camera strap makes for a cute and functional photography accessory.
Photography Gifts For Beginners
The best gifts for amateur photographers are ones that help build their collection of basic photography essentials. This section lists the gadgets every photographer needs so you can support your loved one in their new passion.
Smartphone Photography Add Ons
If the photographer friend in your life is just getting started and wants to enhance their phone photography before upgrading to a full DSLR or Mirrorless camera, then phone photography attachments are the way to go. The best gifts for phone photographers increase the flexibility for telephoto, macro, or wide-angle photography and give them the opportunity to develop their style before investing in more expensive gear.
With the amount of money I’ve spent on cheap tripods that quickly break, I could have just bought a quality one that cost more but last longer and saves me money in the long run. Not all tripods are made equal, so I’ve compiled a list of tripods I trust and save yourself or a loved one from a long string of troublesome tripods.
Cheat sheets and quick reference cards make great gifts for budding photographers that make learning critical skills such as exposure, composition, and white balance easier and less stressful.
SD Memory Cards and SD Card Holders
There is nothing more frustrating than running out of space on an SD card and missing the shot when the camera reads “Card Full”. It never comes at a good time, so a high storage capacity SD Card and carrying case for backups is an extremely useful gift to any photographer. When choosing an SD card, the more space the better because shooting high-quality photos takes up a lot of space.