top 10 gifts for amateur photographers - introFor the amateur photographer who is eager to learn more about photography can have multiple gifts come their way as the holidays are coming up. You can buy many different types of gifts for that inspiring photographer as there are many products available for learning and help the amateur improve on their skills.

If you have someone that is just getting into photography and you are looking to get them something special, here are the top 10 gifts for the amateur photographer to consider and all of them are available online and can be shipped in time for Christmas.

 

Canon EOS Rebel T3 Kit

top 10 gifts for amateur photographers - canonThis is a great starter kit for those looking to get into photography using a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera.  These cameras are a modern version of the more traditional cameras and are considered the best type for professional quality pictures.

This kit as everything you would need to take photos and to look after the equipment, like a zoom lens, tripod, cleaning kit and carrying bag.  The Rebel T3 is one of the most popular Digital SLRs because it is easy to use and will also take high quality video.  All around good deal, especially as it comes in at under $550 and was rated 4.7 out of 5 stares from over 250 users.

 

HP Photosmart 8750 Large Format Professional Photo Printer

top 10 gifts for amateur photographers - hpThis HP Photosmart printer is ideal for any photographer who wants to print out the pictures they took. It costs about $1000 online and it received 4 stars from more than 30 Amazon reviewers to make it a popular choice and be considered one of the top 10 gifts for the amateur photographer. It comes with a one year warranty at time of purchase.

It connects to a home network, has a USB 2 and an optional wireless connectivity. It has a borderless printing and a nine inch printing ability for color photos. It can print 1200 by 1200 dpi black resolution and 4800 by 1200 dpi for optimal color. The printer controls allow for the use of photoshop, allowing you to input levels of color and customize your picture to what you want, not what the printer thinks.

 

The Underwater Photographer

top 10 gifts for amateur photographers - underwaterThis book on underwater photography comes in paperback and costs about $25 online. It is the 3rd edition and covers taking pictures while underwater along with low visibility. This is an award winning book and it covers digital workflow so that you can handle images in such areas as thelightroom.

It includes photographs of underwater images and has easy to read step by step information. This book is made to inspire the amateur photographer as well as educate them.

 

Pinhole Camera Kit STD 35e

top 10 gifts for amateur photographers - pinholeThis unique pinhole camera gives the amateur photographer an opportunity to learn how to work a camera and take creative photos. It is made in Japan and made of 1mm thick cardboard that is durable. You build the camera yourself so you get a good understanding of the basics.

It comes with a black design with plastic spools for advancing and rewinding, just like other point and shoot film cameras. It has a light tight clamshell design. It works with 35mm film and it can produce vivid photos that appear professional. It costs about $40 online and will give any novice a little fun.

 

NEEWER 180W Studio Flash Strobe Modeling Light

top 10 gifts for amateur photographers - neewerThis strobe flash for modeling is ideal for amateur photographers and for a professional studio. It costs about $44 online. It comes with an easy to use umbrella holder and it can work as a main light, back light, or a hair light. It has a test button and a variable dial to set the power from 1/8 to 180w.

The flash strobe can be triggered by a flash infrared and a sync cord. This allows the amateur photographer to improve lighting in dark rooms when taking photos and itideal for the photographer to learn how to utilize the flash strobe for the best results.

 

Kingston Ultimate 32GB 266X Compact Flash Memory Card CF

top 10 gifts for amateur photographers - kingstonThis 32 GB memory card costs about $35 and is one of the top 10 gifts for the amateur photographer. This memory card has a data recovery ability and it has a software download from media. It is windows and Mac compatible. It has an easy plug and play with an automatic sleep mode to help preserve battery life.

The memory card is ideal for an amateur photographer as it can store a high volume of images in various formats in RAW and JPEG, allowing you to take many pictures while trying to improve your techniques. It can capture high resolution in less time with the compact flash. The flash memory card is standardized and complies with compact flash.

 

Ella Bella Photography Backdrop Paper Assorted Designs

top 10 gifts for amateur photographers - ella bellaThis backdrop paper allows the amateur photographer to take professional looking pictures by using a colorful or unique backdrop. It has four different rolls of designs made up of four feet wide and 12 feet long back drop. It hangs by the roll by stand and you can pull the amount of the back drop you need easily.

The patterns are seamless and printed with a fading resistance. It has a vintage wood, dot soft pink, dots baby blue, and a damask. It is 4 by 12 inches long and it is on printed paper.  It costs about $38 online and it received 4 stars from more than 30 Amazon reviewers.

 

Doug Box’s Guide to Posing for Portrait Photographs

top 10 gifts for amateur photographers - doug boxThis book is written by Doug Box and he is a well known professional portrait photographer. He shows the amateur the importance to a subject’s pose in how they stand, sit, or lay. The book costs about $27 online and it received 4 stars from more than 40 Amazon reviewers to bring this among the top 10 gifts for the amateur photographer.

This book helps to show all of the basics and emphasize on a client’s assets and avoid problematic features.  It will help you get your people to look natural and give you the results you are looking for.

 

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers

top 10 gifts for amateur photographers - adobeThis book on Adobe Photoshop gives the amateur photographer an insight on how to utilize the adobe software for the best results in photographs. It has the digital photographer in mind and it works efficiently with image shots in RAW or JPEG formats. This book is by Martin Evening who is an established commercial and fashion photographer. It introduces you to software that is described inside and out.

It takes you through image selection, imaged editing, and image management. It shows you how to import photos with ease and sort through them to your workflow. It costs about $40 online and it received 4.5 stars from more than 30 Amazon reviewers to make this one of the top 10 gifts for the amateur photographer.

 

Cosmos Silicone Neoprene Camera Shoulder Strap

top 10 gifts for amateur photographers - cosmosThis camera strap is an ideal gift for the amateur photographer that carries around the camera frequently. It is 4 by 1.7 inches and it is made of neoprene silicone. It is built for speed as it has an anti slip elastic section around the neck that helps reduce tension around your neck.

It has an adjustable feature for the preferred position. It earned 4.5 stars from 120 Amazon reviewers and it costs as little as $7 online.

 

All of these make the list for the top 10 gifts for the amateur photographer. They are all unique and helpful as the photographer continue to grow and develop into a professional.

 

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