I’m new to photography, so I thought I’d share some 2016 Christmas gifts for photographers that will come in handy for both beginners and professionals.
Mini Manfrotto tripod
I have started getting back into photography after ten years, and what better way to do this than buying a new digital SLR camera. I also found my old camera and I thought that I would use this for Vlogging because it’s lighter to carry around. I also found an old tripod that came free with that camera. However, it wasn’t very sturdy.
Recently I have been following Pointless Blog on YouTube. Alfie Deyes, who runs Pointless Blogs has inspired me to have a go at making regular videos. He lists his Vlogging equipment on his subscription page. One of the things that I noticed him using in his videos was the Mini Manfrotto tripod. I decided to check this out on Amazon and add it to my wish list.
On Black Friday, the price of the tripod came down from £19.00 to £11.24, so I purchased this along with some books on Blogging and SEO.
SD memory cards make great gift ideas because they are small, light, and inexpensive. These are ideal gifts for photographers as they can save lots of images on their cameras and pop in into their laptop and print and send pictures. You can purchase a 16 GB SD card from Curry’s from £5.89. I have a few of these memory cards so that I never run out of memory while out and about taking photos or filming.
A GoPro camera
I was watching Vloggers Casey Neistat and Ebony Day’s YouTube videos and notice that they often use a Go Pro camera to film activities. I was browsing the internet on Black Friday, and I saw some great deals on Go Pros. However, they weren’t fantastic. I have added a Go Pro to my Amazon wishlist because I can’t afford to purchase one yet and I probably won’t be needing one until the New Year when I start my new Vlogging channel.
I joined the Shaw Academy Online Educator Academy in May this year after being offered a free course in Groupon. I thought that this was too good to be true until I received an email telling me details about the course I had chosen which was Web Development. After finishing the course, I received another month at a special discount of £29 before being offered a lifetime membership at a price of £395. I decided to take PhotoShop as an option because I have been using Paintshop Pro for years. However, most businesses use photoshop. With Shaw Academy, I can get a 15% discount, but this is still expensive for a startup freelancer with a small monthly income. Even with 40% off to receive the full Adobe Cloud package would set me back £147 per year. This software would make a great Christmas gift for students who wish to study design or photography, freelancers, or someone who has a desire to learn photoshop which is on a small income.
A spare camera battery
Have you ever been in the middle of taking a breathtaking image or filming when the camera battery suddenly goes dead? I have, and I’m sure most of us have at some point during their lives. To stop this from happening it’s always a good idea to have a spare battery with you. You can pick up extra batteries for your DSLR’s from many places such as Curry’s, Amazon, Jessops, and Argos. Battery prices range from around £10 – £60 depending on your camera make and model.
What gifts for photographers would you purchase? Comment below and let us know.