Summer is here! For many, this is a time to go road tripping, sunbaking, hiking, holidaying, watching fireworks, and eating ice cream. For some, it’s a time to watch others do the above – from behind a camera. We call those people photographers.
If you have a photographer in your midst, now’s a perfect time to set them up for a summer of snapping with a small (or not so small) photography gift. In this summer photography gift guide, we’ve put together a selection of gear that will help any photographer be more creative and productive.
A great tripod kit can make a huge difference when photographing landscapes or shooting in low light. The problem with tripods is that they often get left at home because they’re either not portable enough to go traveling or too lightweight to provide enough stability. We’ve found a 3-in-1 tripod kit that is both light and stable, and it comes packed with accessories.
One of the most basic parts of any photographer’s toolkit is storage. We have recommendations for both a pro-level memory card that will satisfy even the most data-hungry camera and portable hard drives to get those images onto a computer and off to print quick smart.
Speaking of printing, we have the perfect gift for photographers who also happen to enjoy taking things apart and putting them back together: An assemble-it-yourself 3D-printed pinhole camera. For the record, you can also get that one pre-assembled if your special photographer prefers not having to build their camera before they can start taking pictures.
Did you have another kind of printed present in mind? Quality prints at a special price from one of the best photo labs in the US will make for an impressive and affordable gift.
When it comes to editing photos, a color-accurate monitor is essential to get the final, printed product to look just right. We’ve found one of the best photo-editing monitors on the market for you, as well as a color reader that allows you to capture color inspiration anywhere.
And finally, if a photographer in your life is looking to upgrade their camera or lenses, Sony is offering some fantastic discounts on both for a limited time only.
Ready to dive in? Here are our 7 suggestions to set your special someone up for summer photography.
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Unlock the full potential of your creativity with the groundbreaking technology inside Sony Alpha full-frame mirrorless cameras. Engineered for greater creative control in both the field and the studio, telling your story with compelling high-resolution images and breathtaking 4K video has never been so intuitive. For a limited time, save up to $1,000 on Sony Alpha full-frame mirrorless cameras. Whether you’re upgrading to full-frame or expanding your creative arsenal, there’s never been a better time to Be Alpha. See the complete list of cameras on sale here.
Get fast NVMe solid state performance in a portable, high-capacity drive that’s perfect for creating amazing content or capturing incredible footage. Easily clip the Extreme Portable SSD V2 to your gear bag or backpack with the drive’s handy carabiner loop. Up to 2m drop protection, IP55 rating for water and dust resistance, plus a 5-year limited warranty give you extra peace of mind.
The BenQ SW271C 27” 4K color accurate IPS monitor for photo-editing delivers confidence throughout the creative process. This hardware- and software-calibrated display boasts Delta E = 2 color accuracy. Whether designing web content in sRGB, editing 4K video in DCI-P3/Rec. 709, or retouching photos in Adobe RGB, SW271C with AQCOLOR technology fully showcases content at its best.
SW271C has HDR10/HLG video support, USB-C connectivity, select SDI to HDMI device compatibility for video, and a shading hood. BenQ proprietary tech, Paper Color Sync empowers accurate print preview. Uniformity Tech ensures screen-wide consistency, and the Hotkey Puck G2 aids quick adjustments.
The Datacolor ColorReader EZ ($59) allows you to capture color inspiration anywhere and color-coordinate your photo shoot seamlessly. Scan the flat surface of any color to instantly find its Savage Universal background color match, paint color match, plus precise RBG, Hex, and CIE Lab color data for use in photographic and digital design workflow and for easy conversion to Pantone colors.
It has never been easier to transform your inspiration into reality. With just one touch, you can build your own color palettes, while also exploring complementary, triad, analogous, or monochromatic palettes for set design. The tool lets you save and share your color matches with team members or clients for quick reference and future use.
Adding the ColorReader EZ to your workflow when setting up shoots ensures that wardrobe, backdrops, set pieces, and prop colors are all coordinated for a cohesive look.
The portable, Bluetooth-enabled device works seamlessly with the free ColorReader app and allows you to capture colors on the go if something spectacular catches your eye.
The VARI CF-704 carbon fiber tripod is a 3-1 design for hybrid shooters that need a single tripod to quickly convert between still and video shooting. Taking advantage of the simple tool-free release mechanism, you can quickly switch between the standard carbon fiber center column, to the lightweight flat plate for low angle work, to the video bowl mount for quick horizon adjustments. In a matter of seconds, your VARI CF-704 tripod can morph between 3 different tripod styles to match your specific shooting need.
The Professional Kit includes the CF-704 carbon fiber legs, 3 center base-plate options, 3 foot options (standard, spiked, flat surface), stainless steel hook to increase stability and keep your bag off the ground, and a carrying case to hold it all.
The newly designed 25mm diamond-pattern carbon fiber tubes and precision milled aluminum body provides a lightweight system with maximum strength and durability. It weighs in as low as 2.8 lbs. (1295 g) while supporting 17.6 lbs. (8 kg). The CF-704 is a 4-section tripod with a folded height of 18.7 inches and a max height of 64.6 inches.
Additional features include a bubble level on the main collar to quickly set your horizon, an accessory port for extension arms that hold monitors, tablets, or other photographic accessories, and the newly designed “semi-ratchet” leg-angle lock mechanism that allows you to quickly and easily set your leg angles to one of 3 stable positions.
A unique 3D printed pinhole camera with a curved back design, the SCURA makes the experience of creating pinhole images fun and easy to do. The charm of pinhole photography is found in the combination of the simplicity of techniques and the dreamy, ethereal qualities of the end results. By stripping away all the bells and whistles, the modest pinhole camera allows the photographer to focus on the process and pleasure of shooting, just as the pictorial masters did a century ago.
With uncomplicated, but precisely constructed features the SCURA is sure to delight all photographers, from those just starting out to seasoned professionals. Available in two formats, a 35mm panoramic version that gives 60x25mm negatives and a 120 option with traditional 6×6 negatives, the SCURA can be ordered through our online shop either as a DIY kit or pre-assembled for your convenience. Experience the magic of lensless photography at its best.
It’s never easy to buy gifts for photographers. That’s why we put together this gift guide of practical, useful, and fun gear, which will make every step of the photography process that little bit easier this summer.
This article was brought to you by Bay Photo Lab, Sony, SanDisk, BenQ, Datacolor, SLIK Tripods & Heads, and Dora Goodman Cameras.
Image credit: Artem Maltsev