Christmas Gift ideas for Photographers

By Geoff Harris

Last Minute Photography Christmas Stocking Fillers

With days left until Christmas, there's still just about time to get some last minute gifts for the photographer in your life (or to treat yourself if nobody else will). Here are some of our favourite stocking fillers – and don't forget to have a fantastic festive season and a very happy new year!

GoPro Hero 4 Session

go pro hero 4

Ok, £160 may seem a lot for a stocking filler, but this is one of the camera bargains of the year. It's a very rugged action camera which is very easy to carry around and is waterproof up to 10 metres. While the resolution is only 8Mp, it's fine for action and sports photography and you can record video in full HD (1080p) with resolution of up to 60 frames per second. The Hero 4 Session can be operated with just one hand too and has lots of mounts to increase its versatility.

Price: £160

The National Geographic Earth Explorer

ng bag

Want to look like a genuine NG shooter, even if you rarely get farther than Easyjet city breaks to Europe? The National Geographic Earth Explorer NG 1153 Medium Camera Pouch looks the real deal. It features an ideal blend of protection with a traditional 'explorer' look and feel thanks to its solid brass buckles with an antique finish and has been manufactured from a variety of environmentally friendly materials. This case is ideal for protecting a small point-and-shoot or mirrorless camera and attached lens.


SanDisk Class 4 SDXC 64Gb card

san disk card

Amazon UK is selling this high capacity card for an astonishing £16, which makes it another bargain. The card is ideal for recording and quickly transferring thousands of photos or high resolution video footage, and being SanDisk, it has solid build quality. The card is waterproof and temperature proof, within reason (ie don't put it in a fire or try to submerge it in ice). An essential buy if you have a higher resolution SLR such as the Nikon D810 or Canon EOS 5DS, which generate large raw files.


Joby GorillaPod SLR Zoom

joby gorillla pod

Here's a useful tripod alternative for SLRs weighing up to 3 kg. It easily fits into your camera bag so comes in very handy if you have left your main tripod in the car or at home. Flexible, wrappable legs allow you to secure your camera almost anywhere, while over two dozen quality ABS plastic leg joints bend and rotate 360 degree. There are also rubberised ring and foot grips for enhanced stability on difficult terrain. It can take a bit of getting used to, however, so practice with one beforehand you start shooting, but otherwise a great buy.


Lives of the Great Photographers

lives of the graet photographers

Many photographic greats, such as Man Ray and Robert Capa, had personal lives as interesting as their images, and this book is a great way to bone up on their biographies over Christmas. Over 40 great photographers are featured, and author Juliet Hacking brings new light to their work, including many rarely seen portraits and self-portraits. She also does a great job of putting the lives of these great photographers in a wider cultural context.


Geoff Harris

I am a journalist and photographer and currently work as the Deputy Editor of Amateur Photographer (AP) the oldest weekly photographic magazine in the world. Before that I served as the editor of Digital Camera, Britain's best-selling photography magazine, for five years. During my time as editor it became the UK's top selling photo monthly and won Print Publication of the Year at the 2013 British Media Awards. As well as being lucky enough to get paid to write about photography, I've been fortunate to interview some of the greatest photographers in the world, including Elliott Erwitt, Don McCullin, Martin Parr, Terry O'Neill and Steve McCurry. This has been a wonderful learning experience and very influential on my photography. Beyond writing, I am a professional portrait, travel and documentary photographer, and reached the finals of the 2016 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition. I am a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and hope to take my Associateship whenever I can find the time. In addition I write about well being/personal development and antiques collecting for a range of other titles, including BlueWings, the in-flight magazine of Finn Air.

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