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Gifts for Photography Lovers: The Under $30 Edition

HOLY COW IT'S DECEMBER! How did that happen? ARGH!

If you're currently having the same sort of mental breakdown, here I come to save the day! Here's a bunch of ideas for gifts for camera lovers that won't break the bank.

1. Bokeh Masters Kit -- This kit is completely unnecessary, but absolutely fun. I WANT IT. BAD. (Could someone please make sure my husband sees this? Although, I asked him for it last year and still didn't get it. Hmmmm.) It is a kit that allows you to take photos with fun bokeh shapes. I don't have any examples of my own since I don't own the kit, but here are several.

2. 5-in-1 Collapsible Reflector -- Reflectors are used alter a light situation. You can use a gold reflector to "warm up" a photo. A white reflector can fill shadows. A silver reflector can add contrast. A black reflector can block stray light. A translucent reflector can soften lighting. This kit contains all five colors in one neat zip and unzip and detach and attach sort of kit. At around $12, it's a good addition for anyone who is looking to improve their portraits.

3. "I Shoot People" t-shirt--I have this shirt. I love this shirt. The guy or gal in your life might love it, too.

4. Slingback Camera Bag -- I list this one purely because the price is fantastic right now ($15! It's $50 at my local camera store!). I have ordered it, but haven't received it so I can't swear that it's the bestest bag ever, but at $15, who cares? It's worth a shot if you're looking for a new camera bag.

5. Wireless Remote -- I *love* this remote. I paid more than it's currently selling for now ($8.95!), which makes me bitter, but I've used it so much that it would have been worth far more than I paid anyway. It's a fantastic remote that allows you to take photographs at the click of a button, even when you aren't holding the camera. Any time you see photos of Alexis and I together goofing around, she has the remote and is deciding when to click it.

6. Lightscoop -- Pretty much anyone who has ever used a DSLR camera can tell you that the pop-up flash is lousy. It creates harsh shadows, unnatural looking light, and is just generally a disaster. But sometimes you really do need to use flash. Coming in at just under $30, this is one way to improve the pop-up flash situation. It is a small attachment that goes over the pop-up flash. It bounces the light and makes the pop-up flash suddenly not so scary after all.

7. Coffee Mug Shaped Like a Lens -- No, really. Click the link. It looks like a lens, but it's actually a mug! Totally a fun gift for the right person, no? Check the reviews on this one, though, because those people speak the truth. This is not a great travel mug. If you need one that is more spill resistant, check the recommended items and you should be able to find ones that say "Canon" or "Nikon" on them. They are definitely sturdier, but they come at a higher price.

8. Handcrafted Camera Strap -- I have bought a lot of different camera straps over the years and I always go back to this particular Etsy shop. The quality and durability is phenomenal. The width of the straps is just right. And they're cute. WIN!

Reader Comments (3)

Now you have me wanting to buy a bunch of stuff for myself and claim its from the kids and husband.

That wouldn't be all bad would it?

December 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdomestic extraordinaire

LOVE those camera straps. And I have a similar lightscoop thingamabobber & remote (yeah! I'm ahead of the game... finally.....)

One of these days, I'm going to actually friggin' learn this thing. I promise you.

Great gifts indeed...may have to go shopping for me now :)

December 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn D.
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