Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers

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It's that time, folks!

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I’ve compiled a holiday gift guide full of wonderful things that all the photographers in your lives will LOVE -- including some things that YOU might want to add to your own Christmas list! So without further ado: the 2013 gift guide for the camera-lovers on your list.

First gift: The memory card all photographers need -->

1. Eye-Fi Wireless Flash Memory Card.

This wonderful card lets you upload JPEGS and RAW files right from your camera to your computer, smartphone, or tablet using wi-fi. You can even install watch folders in Photoshop and Lightroom to automatically import them into the programs and apply presets. This is convenience personified, folks! GET IT!

Next gift: A really excellent lens for Canon shooters -->

2. A 50mm f 1.8 lens for Canon or the Nifty Fifty

If you own a Canon, get a 50 1.8 lens! This was my first serious lens after I got my Canon Rebel. It changed EVERYTHING for me as far as photography is concerned. This prime lens is a great investment for $100. Don’t think; just run to it!

Next gift: Solve their white balance problems -->

3. Expodisc

If white balance is something that you or your aspiring-photographer friends struggle with, run-don’t-walk to get an Expodisc. I love this so much that I reviewed it myself in this post. It makes getting your images just right in camera the easiest thing ever. Get one.

Next gift: The best camera strap for women -->

3. Black Rapid camera strap for women

I love my Black Rapid strap. This is what made carrying my Canon 7D around Disney a non-issue. It hangs securely at your side, it's comfortable and lightweight, and the women’s version fits ALL of your curves.

Next gift: A good external hard drive -->

5.WD My Passport 1TB Portable External Hard Drive

Every photographer needs a place to back up their photos. Don’t make the mistake of thinking your photos are safe on your hard drive! This external hard drive is an affordable solution compared to the alternative: losing all your memories.

Next gift: A camera bag that doubles as a cute purse -->

6. Epiphanie Camera Bag

Looking for a stylish camera bag that can double as a purse? Check out

Epiphanie Bags, designed by photographer Maile Wilson. Pick any of them. They are all fabulous.

Next gift: Like a Polaroid, only cuter and better -->

7. FujiFilm’s Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera

You remember Polaroid cameras? And getting an instant print photo right then and there? This cute pink camera is the updated digital version of that. I know it’s on my want list!

Next gift: My all-time favorite photography book -->

8. Beyond Snapshots by Rachel Divine and Peta Mazy.

One of my absolute FAVORITE books about photography, this book is about taking your camera off auto and documenting your everyday life like a pro. Loooove it.

Next gift: For serious smart-phoneographers -->

9. Sony DSC-QX100 Smartphone Attachable Lens-Style Camera

For your serious smartphone camera lovers out there, get this lens RIGHT HERE. Simply attach this lens to any smartphone, and you can transform your device into a professional camera. I mean, it’s a Carl Zeiss lens with a 1.8 aperture. If I had this lens, I might seriously consider leaving my Canon at home all the time….

Next gift: The most important one of all… -->

10. Lightroom 5.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it several times: If you don’t have Lightroom, RUN and get it. Not only will it help you to organize all your photos, but it will help you edit and show them to the world in record time. Don’t think; just get it!

I hope I’ve provided you with some great ideas for the photographer in your life, or for your very own Christmas list! Enjoy!

DISCLAIMER: I was not compensated or gifted any products in exchange for including any of the above items on this list. All opinions are of course my own.

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