Holiday Gift Ideas For Nature Photographers

Now that we’re in the holiday season, you might be thinking about what you can get for your photographer friends or family. Or, maybe you need some ideas for yourself ;)

Although most cameras and lenses are pretty expensive (and might be out of “gift” range), there’s a lot of other photography stuff that any nature photographer would probably love to receive:

Tripod and/or head


If you’ve been reading PhotoNaturalist for any length of time, then you probably know I’m a big fan of tripods. Not only do they help you get sharper photos, but they also force you to consider your composition more carefully.

Here are a few tripods I recommend:

Kwik Camo (blind)

Kwik Camo
The purpose of a blind is to conceal you from wildlife, so you can get closer to them (so you’ll be able to fill more of the frame with your subject). It’s something that every wildlife photographer should have, and they come in all kinds of different configurations (some are actual structures that you set up, while others are just “tents” that you throw over yourself).

Well, one blind that I’ve been using for a few years now is the Kwik Camo. It’s basically just some camouflage fabric that you drape over yourself, and it has an opening for your camera lens (and a screen for your face).

Books

  • Galen Rowell’s Inner Game of Outdoor Photography by Galen Rowell (read my review) – A book that should be on every nature photographer’s shelf!
  • Photographically Speaking by David duChemin – An excellent book that I just finished reading. It’s all about learning the “language” of photography and understanding why certain images feel more powerful than others.
  • The Camera by Ansel Adams – This book was written about film cameras, but many of the same concepts apply to digital. It’s a great book that talks about the fundamentals of photography (such as composition).

Camera Accessories

Recommended Gear

Also, don’t forget about our gear page, where we list all of the camera gear that we use and recommend.

What did I miss?

Is there anything else that you think makes a great holiday gift for a nature photographer? If so, please share with us by leaving a comment below. Thanks! :)

And, I hope you have a great holiday season!!

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steveb2About the Author: Steve Berardi is a naturalist, photographer, software engineer, and founder of PhotoNaturalist. You can usually find him hiking in the beautiful mountains and deserts of southern California.

Comments

  1. A few things that I always keep in my bag are a small LED flashlight. You can pick them up for as little as a couple dollars. I picked up a couple of these for less than $2 each at Wal-mart.

    http://www.amazon.com/Rayovac-BRS9LED-B-Bright-Flashlight-Colors/dp/B0051TA9II/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386076027&sr=8-1&keywords=rayovac+9+LED+flashlight

    I also keep a couple of hot shoe mounted levels in my bag for making sure my horizons are level.

    http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-Double-Bubble-Digital-Cameras/dp/B000YJ2Q9U/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1386076090&sr=8-3&keywords=hot+shoe+level

    Pre-moistened lens wipes come in handy too.

    http://www.amazon.com/Zeiss-Pre-Moistened-Lens-Cloths-Wipes/dp/B0030E4UIQ/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1386076119&sr=8-2-spell&keywords=ziese+lens+wipes

    Just a few inexpensive items that will come in handy for photographers.

  2. REGINA SHANNON says:

    It is a good list, Steve, but if I may add perhaps a subscription to a photo magazine might be nice, and also a camera bag or lens bag may be appreciated by those of us who do happen to lack all the money to buy all the goodies. Also, for the stockings, some flash cards or even a compact flash or sd card would be nice.

    If this is the last word before the holidays, a special wish that yours will be warm, merry and bright!!
    Regina

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