The 2018 Gift Guide for Photographers & Influencers!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Looking for gifts for the photographer or influencer in your life? Or even yourself? I've once again created a COMPLETE foolproof gift guide here for you! I promise you, you can't go wrong with any of these gift ideas. I kept in mind that some of you may read this not knowing much or nothing about photography (especially if you're buying for someone else) and that is completely fine. Your friend or loved one will appreciate that you got them something that they will actually use, I guarantee it.

 

You can find a good amount of the gifts listed below on amazon.com if you already have amazon prime (I use it every year for gifts)! What I've listed down below does not include taxes, but I have listed them in order of lowest to highest price. Remember, you can also buy gift cards or gift certificates from some of these shops. Gift certificates for sessions with me are available for purchase too, just email me here!

 

HERE WE GO, RED = TESTED GREEN = NOT TESTED

#notsponsered

 

[✓] $4.97: JJC Waterproof Memory Card Travel Case

  • Personally Tested! This holds 4 memory cards only but you can switch the type around (it holds either 4 SD or 4 CF or 4 XD cards)

  • Protect your memory cards on the go, it easily fits in your jeans pockets.

  • PURCHASE @ ebay.com

 

[✓] $5.09: Amprobe Battery TESTER

  • Personally Tested! I never waste disposable batteries or overcharge my rechargeable batteries anymore. This saves money and time.

  • PURCHASE @ amazon.com

 

[✓] $6.12 – $7.99: Fotasy RBC2 2x Rear Lens Cover and Camera Body Cap Set for Canon 5D Mark iii (but you can search "rear lens cover for any nikon or sony" camera too)

  • Personally Tested!

  • Perfect backups, because honestly, we photographers lose these ALL THE TIME.

  • PURCHASE @ amazon.com

 

[✓] Price varies but very affordable $ – $$: Old-School Disposable Cameras!

  • Personally Tested!

  • Super nostalgia!

  • PURCHASE @ Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, and Target

 

[✓] $8.99 – $45.55: SanDisk 64GB Ultra

  • Personally Tested! And CF versions too.

  • A photographer and a influencer can never have too many memory cards.

  • PURCHASE @  amazon.com

 

[✓] $9.99: Holdfast SAFETY CATCH

*Highly Recommended*

  • Personally Tested! This extra "leash" has saved my equipment multiple times.

  • Protects your camera if your camera strap loosens or snaps off. Perfect for the everyday photographer, no matter the camera.

  • PURCHASE @ holdfastgear.com

 

[✓] $9.99: Giottos Air Blaster

  • Personally Tested! I've used other brands but this one has had the best pressure in blowing dust or dirt off any electronics.

  • As photographer or blogger, you move and travel a lot, so dirt and dust is unavoidable. The safest way to keep things clean is this tool, not your fingers. Our natural oils could make things worse.

  • PURCAHSE @ amazon.com

 

[✓] $9.99 – $59.99: Tile - Key Finder 

*Highly Recommended*

  • Personally tested both the "Mate" & "Style" versions. It has saved me multiple times, and they even have a replaceable battery version too!

  • PURCHASE Singles @ amazon.com or local Target  

  • PURCHASE PACKS @ thetileapp.com or local Target

 

[_] $12.00: Camera Buddies (Shutter Hugger, version 1)

  • I have not personally tested this.

  • Perfect for photographing kids. This grabs their attention, which results in better photos. This also makes a great gift for any occasion, not just the holidays. Especially for parents (mother’s day, father’s day, birthday, etc.). Who wouldn’t want better pictures of their little ones.

  • PURCHASE @ etsy.com

 

[✓] $12.99 – $36.90: Panasonic Eneloop AA Rechargeable Batteries (currently testing Amazon Basic AA Version)

  • Personally tested and the corresponding charger!

  • A photographer can never have too many AA rechargeable batteries.

  • PURCHASE @ amazon.com

 

[✓] $13.99: Potensic® 4-Pack Protective Waterproof Lens Neoprene Pouch Set

  • Personally Tested!

  • These pouches are perfect if you just want to throw 1 extra lens into any regular purse or backpack. It really does protect your lens.

  • PURCHASE @ amazon.com

 

[✓] $14.53: Juzar Black Sheep Leather Fanny Pack

  • Personally Tested and I love it! During a photoshoot or a festival, I keep extra batteries, extra memory cards, business cards, my phone, etc. 

  • PURCHASE @ amazon.com

 

[✓] $15.99-$234.99 (shipping varies with sizes): Seamless Paper

  • Personally tested, I own sizes 53" (perfect for a small apartment) and 107"

  • This is perfect for a photographer or influencer who wants to elevate their content or start a YouTube channel.

  • PURCHASE @ savageuniversal.com

 

[_] $18.49-$29.99: Leather Bagnets (I'm honestly want one for myself!)

  • I have not personally tested this. 

  • For a photographer or blogger who carries a lot, this may be the stress-free solution. I could see this having multiple uses for a photographer. 

  • PURCHASE @ thebagnetcompany.com

  • Instagram @thebagnet

 

[_] $19.94 (for 1): KUVRD - Original Universal Lens Cap - Fits 99% DSLR Lenses

  • I have not personally tested this.

  • The design does look very promising and I would consider trying this out with my prime lenses. 

  • PURCHASE @ amazon.com (on sale and packs available)

  • PURCHASE @ kuvrdcamera.com (regular price but more options)

  • Instagram @kuvrdcamera

 

[✓] $19.99: Elephant Elite Waterproof/Dustproof Memory Card Storage Case

  • Personally Tested!

  • For a photographer or blogger who has too many memory cards, this case is the perfect at-home storage protection.

  • PURCHASE @ ebay.com

 

[_] $20.00: Camera Lens Wrap (Shutter Hugger, version 2)

  • I have not personally tested this.

  • Perfect for photographing kids. This grabs their attention, which results in better photos. This also makes a great gift for any occasion, not just the holidays. Especially for parents (mother’s day, father’s day, birthday, etc.). Who wouldn’t want better pictures of their little ones. 

  • PURCHASE @ etsy.com

 

[✓] $21.99 – $45.99: JACKYLED Power Strip – w/ Outlet Plugs & USB Slots 

*Highly Recommended*

  • Personally Tested! I do own 3 of these and been using them for over a year. BUT a few of the USB ports have burnt out but the regular plug-ins are all fine.

  • The rotating tower design is very convenient. When photographers have big events, they need the space to charge multiple batteries and devices. We don’t have the time to decide which cords to unplug from our living room or look for another power strip.

  • PURCHASE @ amazon.com

 

[_] $31.99: Anker PowerCore 10000 Power Bank

  • I have not personally tested this.

  • Photographers always need to have their devices charged, especially cellphones.

  • PURCHASE @ amazon.com

  • BUT: I own a different PowerBank but it is discontinued but I will link it here in case it ever comes back in stock (Lenoge Cute 9000mah External Battery Pack USB Universal Portable Power Bank Charger)

 

[_] $32.99: Wireless Shutter Release Timer Remote (this version is for Canon 7D Series, 5D Series, 50D, 40D, 30D, 10D)

  • I have not personally tested this but I've read many reviews and hope to test it soon. 

  • This is perfect if you create your own content, whether you take your own photos or film yourself for a youtube video, photographer or influencer, this feels like it will be a time savor. 

  • PURCHASE @ amazon.com

 

[✓] $34.99 – $$: Hydro Flask 24oz Standard Mouth

*Highly Recommended*

  • Personally tested, the 24oz is the perfect size to use during a shoot or festival. 

  • You can definitely make it stylish by customizing it but the cost does increase a bit.

  • PURCHASE @ hydroflask.com

 

[✓] $39 – $55: Capturing Couture Camera Straps

*Highly Recommended*

  • Personally tested, I own at least 6 straps from CC. 

  • Very unique, stylish and sturdy! Perfect for the fashion photographer or blogger.

  • PURCHASE @ capturingcouture.com

 

[✓] $45 – $150: Audible Membership (Audiobooks) 

  • Personally own about 10 audiobooks.

  • Photographers work a lot on computers, so audiobooks makes it more fun.

  • PURCHASE @ audible.com

  • ALTERNATIVE: Any of their favorite books on audiobook form.

 

[✓] $55.99: Neewer RL-12 LED Ring Light 14" outer/12” on Center 5500K Dimmable Light with Filter and Power Adapter for Makeup, Camera/Phone Video Shooting 

  • Personally Tested!

  • This is a very simple light and it does the job. Don't like that some of these don't come with stands, so buyer beware.

  • PURCHASE @ amazon.com

 

[✓] $59.99: GOgroove Full-size DSLR Camera Backpack 

*Highly Recommended*

  • Personally tested, I purchased this back in May 2018 and it is still holding strong. You can really divide all your equipment for a wedding or concert. And for influencers, you don't have to bring a purse for your personal belongings, this bag can carry all your things and camera gear.

  • So far, it comes in 5 different colors!

  • PURCHASE @ amazon.com

 

[✓] $70.94: Neewer 700W Professional Continuous Photography 24x24 inches/60x60 Centimeters Softbox with E27 Socket Light Lighting Kit

*Highly Recommended*

  • Personally Tested! 

  • I only use these lights for quick indoor shoots but don't be fooled, they work amazingly for the price. Not a huge fan of the stands that come with it but you could definitely switch out the stands for a sturdier ones you already have or buy it separately. They don't emit a lot of heat and the setup is quick after you get use to it.

  • The 'Square' version for me, is the best one for indoor shooting in a small apartment or home, the fewer blubs, the better.

  • PURCHASE @ amazon.com

 

[✓] Price varies $$: Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Mini 9 is available now!)

*Highly Recommended*

  • Personally Tested! It is fun, easy to use and very nostalgic!

  • PURCHASE the Mini 8 @ amazon.com

  • PURCHASE the Mini 8 Film here

 

[✓] Price varies $$: CANON & NIKON Batteries (just make sure you type what camera you’re buying for)

  • Personally Tested!

  • Perfect backups. 

  • PURCHASE @ Amazon.com or KEH.com

  • CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE BATTERIES FOR 5D Mark iii (off-brand): STK 

 

[✓] Price varies $$ – $$$: WD Desktop or Portable Hard Drive (case can be purchased separately)

*Highly Recommended*

  • Personally tested, I own two, My Passport is one. The other is very old, still works but I do not remember.

  • Storage is always needed, especially when it comes to creatives.

  • WHERE TO BUY: Amazon.com or Bestbuy.com

 

[_] $135 – $235: Spider Holsters

  • I have not personally tested this.

  • Leaves your back free from camera/s. Making it possible to just add a light backpack with a few lenses or accessories. Perfect alternative for photographers with back injuries or with history of them.

  • PURCHASE @ spiderholster.com

 

[✓] $135 – $490: Holdfast Duo- Camera Straps (camera-swagg is my personal favorite)

*Highly Recommended*

  • Personally tested, I own the Copper 3 Camera Camera Swagg Money Maker.

  • Perfectly distributes the weight of two DSLRS (with lenses on) against your back and a smaller camera in the front.

  • PURCHASE @ holdfastgear.com

 

[✓] $159.99: RGB Light Painter Pro LED Wand by SavageUniversal.com 

*Highly Recommended* - working on a full-review video!

  • Personally Tested! I tested two wands from different companies before finding this one and I have to say, this is it. This is the only LED Wand you'll ever need. It has all of the color temperature scale and 100 additional vibrate colors. 

  • This wand is for everyone, theres is not specific way to use it, thats why I love it. It gets you to really think creatively. Specially for influencers, this could add that little bit of light that you need for you flat lay without pulling out all your lights or add some color to your own photos.

  • PURCHASE @ savageuniveral.com

  • Instagram @savageuniversal

 

[_] $169.99: friidesigns - TriLens™  (for experienced photographers only)

  • I have not personally tested this but I would love to.

  • I could definitely see myself using this at any photoshoot or event easily. It holds up to 3 lenses on your side for easy and quick access. I love my two camera setup but yet, I had to find a single body setup that would work for me and I think this could be it. Especially for when you just want to carry one body and few lenses. 

  • PURCHASE @ friidesigns.com

  • Instagram @friidesigns

 

[_] $195 (1) – $379 (set of 2): V Flat Foldable Board (for experienced  photographers only)

  • I have not personally tested this but these boards are made to add and subject light.

  • I would definitely recommend this as a gift for an experience photographer, specially one who shoots in a studio.

  • PURCHASE 1 @ amazon.com

  • PURCHASE set of 2 @ amazon.com

 

 

[✓] $219.95 – $288.75: Pelican 1510 or Pelican Air 1535 WITH Padded Dividers 

*Highly Recommended*

  • Personally tested, both models with padded dividers only.

  • Makes traveling with equipment easy, also meets the carry-on size requirements.

  • PURCHASE @ amazon.com

 

[✓] $249 – $329: Apple Watch (fyi: 2nd generation is discontinued) 

*Highly Recommended*

  • Personally Tested!

  • Say during a wedding day, the bride or groom messages the photographer about a last minute change in the day. The photographer can immediately see it and proceed. Instead of having the message just sit inside a pocket for who knows how long. Influencers would have quick access to respond to brand opportunities and any Instagram messages and comments (a must for Instagram user)!

  • PURCHASE @ amazon.com or local Target

 

*DISCLAIMER*

I can earn commission as an affiliate of only KEH.com, CapturingCouture.com, and Amazon.com for recommending their online shops. I have used these shops on my own many times. Thus, I chose to possibly review any products given, but opinions expressed about any product are solely my own. As of now, I have not been given any free item for review. Every thing I have recommended so far, I have purchased with my own money or were gifts from a friend and family.

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