16 best gifts for photographers – New York Daily News

Shopping for a photographer, either amateur or professional, can be problematic and perhaps a bit frustrating. It is easy to get lost in the wealth of digital SLR cameras, lenses and other photography equipment especially with all the high-tech gear available today.
Although a lens-shaped coffee mug might be an amusing gift, it is a good bet it will be used only once or twice before being relegated to the back of the shelf. To help you make a better choice, this guide has some of the coolest gear that your favorite shutterbug will find useful.
Thule Aspect DSLR Camera Bag Backpack: available at Amazon
The affordable camera rucksack is made with water-resistant material and offers customizable cushioned storage to protect your DSLR camera, flash unit, multiple lenses, or other equipment. The spacious compartment with multiple pockets measures 22 by 13.5 by nine inches. There is ample room for a laptop, tablet and even a drone equipped with a video camera.
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Peak Design Leash Camera Strap: available at Amazon
The ultralight and versatile camera strap disconnects quickly and uses a low-profile dual aluminum/hypalon fast adjustment system. The seatbelt strength material is comfortable around your neck, and when removed to mount the camera on a tripod, the strap fits in your pocket.
SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I 128GB memory card: available at Amazon
With capacities ranging from 32GB to an astounding 1TB, the Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I, suitable for 4K video capture, is the best SD card on today’s market. The memory card gives your camera the capability to handle rapid-fire sequential shooting in both JPEG and RAW with write speeds of up to 90MB/s. The rapid 170MBs read speed is ideal for transferring photos and a fast workflow.
Altura Photo Lens Cap Keeper: available at Amazon
Avoid losing your lens cap ever again! The camera lens cap strap is designed for all lenses. A small button sticks to the front of your lens cap, and an elastic loop connects it to the body of the camera – no need to remember where you left the lens cap or worry about dropping it.
ThePhotoStick 128GB backup flash drive: available at Amazon
The PhotoStick provides an easy one-click method for photo and video backup. Just plug the flash drive into a USB port and load the application. The device will scan the computer’s storage drives to find and backup all the photos. The straightforward interface makes it easy to set up, and you can choose what format images and movie files to save.
Benro SystemGo GoPlus Travel FGP18A Tripod: available at Amazon
Designed for the serious traveling photographer, the sturdy, foldable tripod is built with aluminum and magnesium and employs a quick leg lock system for fast deployment and improved stability. Leveling is easily achieved with bubble levels fitted to the tripod platform.
“Understanding Exposure, Fourth Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera”: available at Amazon
“Understanding Exposure” has instructed generations of photographers on how to capture the images they want by clarifying the complex concepts of exposure in photography. The highly praised book explains the fundamentals of light, aperture, and shutter speed and how they interact with one another. Hundreds of images are included in the book that has sold over 350,000 copies to both amateur and professional photographers.
Western Digital My Book 8TB External Hard Drive: available at Amazon
High-resolution photos, videos, music files and video games consume a lot of storage space on your computer. The 8TB version of the Western Digital My Book is a USB backward-compatible (Macs and Windows PCs with older USB standards) external drive that stores thousands of hours of video, or millions of photos or MP3s.
Panasonic Pro Eneloop Battery Charger Pack: available at Amazon
The art of photography with state-of-the-art, high-tech equipment requires batteries. Instead of tossing worn-out batteries and spending money on new ones, the Panasonic Eneloop Pro Rechargeable Pack gives you a set of rechargeable batteries and a recharger to keep them full of juice.
LensPen Camera Cleaning Kit: available at Amazon
The LensPen has everything you need to clean your lens, filter and viewfinder. One end has a brush for removing grit, and the other end contains a carbon swab for eliminating stubborn smudges. The caps on each end keep dust and dirt off the brush and swab to prevent scratching your lens.
Mystery Waterproof Floating Monopod for GoPro Camera.: available at Amazon
The floating hand monopod with handle grip, thumb screw and adjustable wrist strap is made for the GoPro Hero enthusiast. A  photographer can capture wet action shots on diving and rafting trips or just underwater selfies in the backyard pool.
Frametory Modern Metallic Aluminum Matte Black Photo Frame: available at Amazon
With digital photography and high-resolution laptop screens, it is convenient to store and display photos without printing. However, looking at a wall-hanging framed photograph can be pleasurable and does not require pulling out an electronic device. Frametory provides black aluminum photo frames with real glass and a sturdy hanger in the back for horizontal and vertical hanging options.
Skylum Photo Editing Software: available at Amazon
A photo editor is a necessary tool for every serious photographer. Skylum’s Luminar photo editing software is an affordable program offering a full-featured RAW editing alternative to Lightroom and Capture One.
Lifeprint 3-by-4.5-Inch Photo Printer: available at Amazon
This portable printer is ideal for the traveling photographer who wants immediate, high-quality prints. The device connects to a phone or Wi-Fi enabled camera, like the Canon EOS 6D.
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Drone: available at Amazon
The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum is one of the best small drones on the market. The miniature unmanned aerial vehicle folds and stows easily in a camera bag, making it the perfect choice for most aerial videographers. The Mavic Pro’s flight performance is exceptional with 4K video and safety features like forward obstacle avoidance and automated return-to-home.
Lensball Pocket, K9 Clear Crystal Ball Photography Sphere: available at Amazon
Suitable for both amateur and professional photographers, the Lensball captures ultra-wide-angle photographs. Made with K9 crystal, the same material used for camera lenses, the clear crystal ball works with professional cameras and any smartphone camera.
Jeffrey Harper is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.
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