What to Buy a Photographer – Awesome Gifts for You

What Do Photographers Want for the Holidays?

Oh me, oh my… it’s time to talk about equipment and fun tools.  Don’t you love our gadgets?  We can be such squirrels about this.  Wanting that nice new shiny goodie to add to the fun of making and creating work adds excitement to the blood. You and I get it, but others don’t… when they ask you what you would want from Santa, and you tell them, they draw a blank.  Soooo, I made this blog post for you 🙂

Remember though that most of these amazing gifts are not needed in order to make beautiful work, they just make life easier and if you’re a gadget person, exciting.

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Essentials

Canon 5D IV – Love for Macro Photographers

canon 5d IV

Sony 7R – Perfect for Landscape Photographers

Sony a7r

Lenses

Wide-angle Lenses
wide angle lenses

70 – 200 mm Lens

70 - 200 mm lens

100mm Macro Lens

100mm Macro lens

Tripod

manfrotto tripod

Tools in the Video

Camranger 

Wimberley PP-200 Plamp II

Third Hand

Color Checker Passport

Some other fun that I didn’t mention in the video

Lensbaby Composer Sweet 50 

Epson Scanner expression XL10

Cognisys 

Wacom Intuos Pro Creative Pen Tablet (Medium)

LaCie 4TB Rugged RAID Pro Mobile USB Type-C RAID Drive

Remote Trigger

PhotoTrust 5 in1 Pocket Reflector

Streamlight Strion HL Rechargeable LED Flashlight with 120/100 VAC / 12 VDC Charger Bracket (Black)
 

Software

On1 RAW

It’s like having Lightroom and Photoshop in one place.

Luminar / Skylum

Clean My Mac  – LOVE this!

Macro

Foldable on-camera diffuser

Favorite LightCanon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens

Canon Extention Tube EF 25II

Novoflex Focus Rail

Books

Everything Is Figureoutable

Highly recommend this book to keep you moving forward with your Vision

All of Harold Davis’ books

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If you have any questions on what to get your photographer friend or family member, just ask below!  I check all my comments 🙂

Before I say goodbye, I’ve linked most of the goodies here from B & H video.  The reason is that I LOVE their return policy.  They make it so easy to ship back what the photographer may not like.  Even though I’ve given you an awesome list, they could return what you gave them and then use the credit to get what they really want or they can grab the cash 😉

Hope this helps you… as soon as this goes out to you, I’m sending this to the hubby, hehehe!

Cheers,

Janice

Janice Sullivan

Owner - Photographer at Sullivan J Photography
Janice Sullivan is a Fine Art Photographer who specializes in Macro, Landscape Imagery.When Janice isn’t out photographing, she is working on her membership program.Janice’s work has been published in a variety of publications and has her work in hotels and restaurants around the United States and Canada.
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  • Glad to help Veronica 🙂

  • Thank You so much Janice. It really worked for me 🙂

  • Hi Veronica, you are so welcome! I’m a Canon DSLR but I know a lot of people who are going mirrorless because they are lighter. I think you’ll be happy with this. If it’s too expensive the Sony 6000 is nice too. https://www.sony.com/electronics/interchangeable-lens-cameras/ilce-7m3-body-kit Because you’re shooting product I would go for a macro lens. I suggest renting a 100mm Macro or the 50mm macro to see what suits you best. 🙂

  • Hi Janice Sullivan,

    Thank you so much for the camera selection tips according to the needs. I am in search of a new camera that will be best for professional product photography for my e-commerce business. Would you please suggest me which one would be better for me in medium range. Also suggest me your preferred leans for in-house photography. Thanks in advance 🙂

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