The best presents for photographers
This is the 2018 edition of my “what are the best gifts for photographers” suggestions. Each year I ask the A Year With My Camera community for their suggestions. This year there were 12,000 students taking AYWMC, and these are both their most popular ideas and my own personal recommendations.
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Prices are as published in early November 2018, and may have changed since I wrote this post.
Edit 30/11/18 - total raised from 13 to 30 November is £393.10
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For Beginner Photographers
Best “how to learn photography” book for complete beginners
Gifts for any photographer
A Year With My Camera hoodies and accessories
For intermediate photographers
Intermediate-advanced gift ideas
Books for the photographer who is beyond the basics
Experience days and subscriptions are always appreciated
These are mostly UK based, but there will be similar near you.
A Readly subscription (gives access to 1,000s of magazines for a monthly subscription, from £7.99)
Subscription to the British Journal of Photography (6 issues £39.99, 12 issues £74.99)
Membership at the V&A which has a new photography centre, or a gift from their photo shop (London/online)
A Fujiholics workshop or photo walk (for Fuji users in the UK)
A workshop with Paul Gallagher’s Aspect 2i (UK and worldwide)
Subscription to “set up and done” cloud backup service, Backblaze (from $5 per month)
Before you book a birds of prey experience day, please read this post: Let’s cuddle an owl (and other things wrong with captive birds of prey in the UK)
For landscape photographers
Books to inspire and inform
Kit to keep the photographer warm and powered up
For flower photographers
A locally-grown flower delivery subscription: look for a flower grower near you, and ask for their “subscription bucket” price. UK growers are listed here: Flowers From The Farm
Books to read on the journey
These are the best books I’ve read this year - page turners with depth.
(Does your photographer drive a lot, or take long journeys? Get them a subscription to Audible, and they can download and listen as they travel.)
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Notes: I pay full price for all my kit, and don’t have any kind of relationship with any camera manufacturer. They don’t know I exist. I shoot Canon (5DIV) and Fuji (X-T1). I don’t like the entry level Nikon cameras for photographers who want to learn how to take photos off auto, because they don’t have a pre-shot histogram option making it very difficult for beginners to learn how to expose properly. If the person you are buying for never wants to progress off auto mode, then the equivalent entry level Nikon would be fine. The more expensive Nikons are entirely comparable with the Canons, and it’s hard to choose between them. I need to pick just one camera in each category for this post, otherwise it would be far too long and not very useful, and I shot with a 6D for many years which is why I recommend it for the intermediate camera.
If a close relative came to me and asked for a recommendation within a budget and experience level, the cameras I would suggest are the ones in this post.