With Christmas just around the corner here is our guide to 10 gifts that any photographer would love to find under the tree on Christmas morning.
Paul from Photo Genius runs through come great gift ideas for photographers this Christmas.
A tripod is a must have bit of equipment if you want to take photos in low light and for night photography. For travelling light we recommend the Manfrotto BeFree travel tripod which is ideal for larger cameras. For smaller cameras the Manfrotto PIXI is hard to beat, especially with the optional smartphone adaptor, great for time-lapse video and bloggers. Photo Genius also recommend the Manfrotto 055XPROB for landscape photographers and the Joby Gorillapod for YouTubers and Vloggers.
A prime lens is a fixed focal length with a wide aperture. Popular with portrait photographers in particular as they can be used to create a blurry background (shallow depth of field). The most popular lens in this category is without doubt is the “Nifty Fifty” or 50mm f1.8 Lenses.
Photo Genius recommends the Canon 50mm f1.8 STM / Nikon 50mm f1.8G / SONY 50mm f1.8 LENS
CAMERA PENCIL SHARPENER
A fun addition to your desktop is this cool pencil sharpener that looks just like a vintage camera.
If your creating video content then consider buying an external microphone for quality sound. All cameras have built in microphones but generally the sound is really poor, a quality microphone will give your videos a more professional touch.
Photo Genius recommends the Rode videomic pro.
Available in Nikon or Canon varieties, these mugs look just popular camera lenses and make a great stocking filler.
CAMERA BACK PACK
The most comfortable way to carry your valuable camera gear safely is with a quality camera bag. We’ve tested lots of bags and our choice is the Airport Essentials back pack from Think Tank. Plenty of room for your gear, comfortable to wear over extended periods, space for a laptop and iPad, lots of pockets and a rain cover just in case, this bag has the lot.
Photo Genius use and recommend the Airport essentials backpack.
A remote allows the user to take a photo without touching the camera. Whilst this is great for selfies, the real reason for remotely controlling the camera is to avoid unwanted camera shake from ruining the image.
Camera remote for Canon
Camera remote for Nikon
Camera remote for Sony
Camera remote for Fujifilm
INSTAX MINI 8 CAMERA
The Instax range of cameras from Fujifilm are simply fun! Available in a range of different colours, they use instant film (remember Polaroid?) and are great for young photographers and parties.
Photo Genius loves the Instax Mini 8
COLLAPSIBLE REFLECTOR / DIFFUSER
A reflector/ diffuser kit is a very cost effective way of controlling light. Popular with portrait photographers in particular, but also useful for product and macro photography and available in different sizes. An affordable and sometimes more effective alternative to using flash.
PORTABLE BATTERY PACK / POWERBANK
A portable powerbank will keep you out of trouble if your smartphone, iPad or similar device runs out of juice when you’re on location. We keep one fully charged in our camera bag.
Wishing all our customers a very Happy Christmas.