9 Awesome Gifts for Photographers

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9 Awesome Gifts for Photographers

With the holiday season quickly approaching, this year I’m going to be publishing a series of guides to help you find the perfect holiday gift for all of the different adventurers in your life. The first one up is tailored towards the photography enthusiast. Here are 9 of my favorite photography products that will make fun and useful gifts for the photographer in your life.

GoPro Hero 4 Session

The new GoPro Hero 4 Session is the latest in the GoPro lineup. While the resolution is lower than the standard GoPro and there is no screen, the Session does has some advantages. First, it’s waterproof right out of the box with superior sound quality compared to a standard GoPro in waterproof housing. Second the Session is teeny-tiny. You can literally shove this thing in your jean pockets. In situations where you don’t want to stand out with your camera, the Session allows you to be super discrete. Finally the battery is internal, and in my experience using it for the past couple of months, the battery life is actually pretty decent.

GoPro Hero 4 Session

Pedco Ultra Pod 2 Lightweight Camera Tripod

While this won’t replace a real tripod, the Pedco Ultra Pod II is a lifesaver in a pinch when you want to take a shot of the night sky or a silky waterfall. It holds everything from a GoPro or point and shoot, all the way up to a DSLR. At a mere 4 ounces, it packs down super small, and with its adjustable legs and velcro strap it can be used on any steady surface.

Pedco Ultra Pod II Lightweight Camera Tripod

Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film Camera

The Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera is a polaroid-type instant camera that spits out vintage-looking photos right on the spot. It’s a fun conversation starter that is great for weddings, parties, or group camping trips where you want spontaneous people prints. And it’s only $66!

Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film Camera

F-stop Mountain-Series Camera Backpack

F-stop camera backpacks are designed to be used and abused no matter how extreme the adventure. Made with waterproof material and inserts that can be customized for your individual camera kit, the Mountain Series come in a variety of sizes. With the smaller daypack you can access your gear quickly when you stumble on that perfect shot, while the larger packs are big enough to hold both your camera gear and overnight camping equipment.

F-stop Mountain-Series Camera Backpack

Best Trendy Camera Strap

I just love these Best Trendy camera straps. They come in a few different colors, are adjustable, comfortable, and give your camera a little personality.

Best Trendy Camera Strap

Syrp Neutral Density Filter

Neutral Density filters are what allow photographers to get those silky waterfall and wispy cloud shots in bright daylight. Without too much technical jargon, this neutral density filter by Syrup allows you to decrease exposure by up to 8 stops (which is a lot!). It also fits on a few different sized lenses using the ring adapter. To determine the right size filter, you’ll need to do a bit of reconnaissance work to find out the diameter of the lens it will be used on. The diameter is usually printed on the rim or side of the lens with a number that starts with Ø. The Large Syrp ND filter fits 72mm, 77mm, and 82mm diameter lenses. The Small Syrp ND Filter fits lenses that are 52-67 mm in diameter.

Syrp Neutral Density Filter

Optrix Body Glove Pro Kit for the iPhone

For those not wanting to carry an extra camera on their water-based adventures or don’t want to throw down the cash for a GoPro, this hard, 100% waterproof case turns your iPhone into the ultimate camera. With it’s leakproof design, it can be taken down to 33 feet – perfect for snorkeling and shallow diving. But what makes this case really cool is that it comes with four interchangeable lens – normal, wide, tele, and macro – which can be swapped out in a flash. Here’s the link to the case for the iPhone 6/6s and the case for the iPhone 5/5s.

Optrix Body Glove Pro Kit for the iPhone

Photoshop Shortcut Keyboard

Anyone who uses Photoshop for editing knows how much time can be saved by using keyboard shortcuts. The problem is they are really hard to remember, especially when you are first starting out. This silicon keyboard overlay made for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro solves that problem by putting the shortcuts right at your fingertips.

Photoshop Shortcut Keyboard

Book: Outdoor Action and Adventure Photography

Whether you are a beginner looking to learn the basic art of outdoor action photography or an intermediate photographer who wants to go pro, this book has all the tips. Written by adventure travel photographer Dan Bailey, whose photos have been published in Nat Geo and Backpacker Mag, this book covers everything from focusing, lighting, and conveying motion to the realities of working in the industry.

A super helpful book for apsiring photographers: Outdoor Action and Adventure Photography Book by Dan Bailey

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHY GIFTS AND GADGETS?  LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW, TWEET ME, OR WRITE ME A POST ON FACEBOOK

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Hi! I'm Kristen....blogger, hiker, sunset-watcher, and dance floor shredder. I feel most alive in the outdoors and created this website to help you enjoy the best that the West has to offer.

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  1. I have one a GoPro that I use when Mountain Biking so I don’t need to take my DSLR! It’s great!

      Yea they are especially great for MTB. Do you use the chest mount?

    Hey there!
    So, this is going to sounds crazy stalker-ish BUT I stumbled upon your blog because my mom sent it to me, my mom does the PR and Marketing for the Alta Lodge and she said that you may be doing a post about Alta. Anyways, I\’m so glad she sent your blog my way because I love it! Great content! I aspire to be dedicated enough to produce content like yours! If you ever want to do a joint post or feature or just hang out in the outdoors, let me know! I am back in Salt Lake pretty frequently 🙂
    Cheers!
    Alexandra

      hey Alexandra! Thanks for getting in touch! Definitely not stalker-ish…lol 🙂 And I checked out your site too. Love the personality!

      And yep, I’ll be skiing at Alta this winter….so excited. Definitely hit me up next time you are in town. I’d love to get together and chat all things blog or go on a hike or something. I’m also going to be spending some time in the PNW next summer so would love to stay in touch. Feel free to shoot me an email at kristen@bearfoottheory.com. Cheers, Kristen

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