5 Top Gifts For The Photographer In Your Life

If you’ve left it to the last minute (again!) to do your Christmas shopping, don’t panic…here are 5 top gifts for the photographer in your life as recommended by the PhotoHound Team.

Kamnik Church, Slovenia by PhotoHound Pro, Luka Esenko

1)  Vallerret Photography gloves

Warm hands and easy access to your camera dials – what more could a landscape and travel photographer wish for this Christmas? With a 100% merino wool lining and flip-tech finger caps, Vallerret photography gloves are perfect for shoots even in the depths of winter and great for those chilly sunrise and sunset outings. Luka, who lives in Slovenia and spends much of his free time in the Julian Alps, wouldn’t leave home without these throughout the winter months!

 

Buy Vallerret Photography Gloves on Amazon from £74.96

2)  SanDisk 1TB Portable External SSD

Compact and pocket sized, the SanDisk 1TB Portable External SSD is the perfect external drive for saving and editing hi res photos and videos when travelling. Aimed at the outdoor enthusiast, the rugged design is thin enough to slip comfortably into your back pocket, whilst the rubber chassis makes it durable and shock proof, and the handy orange plastic loop at the top-right means it can be securely attached to a backpack. We recommend buying 2 – one for the hotel room and one to keep with you so you always have your photos with you on your travels and they are super safe.

 

Buy SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable External SSD on Amazon from £149.99

3) Genesis by Sebastião Salgado

We are huge fans of Sebastião Salgado’s work because for us he epitomises the ‘concerned photographer’,  Salgado documents the lives of people and the grandeur of nature the world over, finding beauty, strength and hope even in the darkest of circumstances. Over a period of 20 years, Salgado has used his photography to fund the planting of over 2 million trees as part of a reforestation project in the Minas Gerais region of Brazil. Genesis is a collection of some of his most powerful images exposing the social and environmental problems facing our planet.

 

Buy Genesis by Sebastião Salgado  £60

View of Petronas Towers from Traders Hotel, KL by Mathew Browne

4) Lenskirt

The Lenskirt is a portable, flexible hood which you can attach to the end of your camera lens. It allows you to shoot pictures and video through glass without internal environmental reflections such as yourself, room lights, camera flashes or light leaks from under a door. PhotoHound Pro Mathew Browne took this stunning shot of the Petronas Towers through the window of his room in the Traders Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Disclaimer: view and lightning bolts not guaranteed!

Buy the Lenskirt online for under £50

Flimston Chapel at dusk using a Pixelstick by Mathew Browne

5) Pixelstick

This is a dream come true for any aspiring light-painting photographer. In a nutshell the Pixelstick is a 6-foot long narrow ‘stick’ covered in LEDs that can be manipulated via the attached controller to ‘print’ colors and images in the air and onto your camera. It’s a fantastic way to get creative after sunset and the possibilities are literally endless. Mathew had fun creating this shot of Flimston Chapel at dusk using the Pixelstick – he’s Welsh by the way!

 

Buy Pixelstick from £270

 

 

 

 

So there you have it – 5 thoughtful and extremely useful gifts any photographer would be delighted to own. Treat the special photographer in your life – or wait for the sales and treat yourself!

Merry Christmas to one and all from the PhotoHound Team!