Categories: Gear, Photography

The holiday season will be here soon, and I thought I’d help give you a head start on your shopping list. Whether it’s for a white elephant, stocking stuffer, or gift for a friend, here are some ideas on photography items I actually own and use to get you started with your holiday shopping!

Please note: There are affiliate links listed below. If you use my links, I will get a small commission from your purchase but your purchase price will remain the same.


LensPen

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The LensPen is a handy device to easily swipe dust off of your lenses. It’s good to give your lens elements a good cleaning the old fashioned way (using cleaner fluid and a lens cloth), but when you have dry dust on the lens, sometimes wiping it with a cloth can introduce more smudges to the element. Wiuth the LensPen, I can easily wipe away that dust without worrying about making the lens even more dierty.

The LensPen has two sides, a soft brush a more firm side that can help remove spots and smudges. This is always in my camera bag, or in my pocket, so I can grab it when I need to. Plus it’s the size of a marker pen, so it’s easy to stash in your bag.


Peak Design wrist cuff

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Sometimes a camera strap is too much, especially for casual camera use. I use FUJIFILM cameras, and these little straps fit perfectly when I have a small setup (my FUJIFILM X-T3 and 18–55mm lens, for example). I have also used this strap with my Moment case, which helps when I want to use my phone as my camera, giving me more security with my phone as I hold it (especially in tricky positions, such as over water, for example). The strap fits around your wrist, and then you can cinch it tight with the slider to make it more secure.


Lens and body pouches

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I have a small set of lens pouches that I have really come to love. It’s nice for added padding and support when placing your lenses in your camera bag, and they are also great when you just need to tuck one or two lenses away in a backpack or purse, keeping them protected. There are a lot of these types of these pouches, and I plan on getting more (one for each lens and camera body!).


Tiles

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While Tiles are not made specifically for photographers, they can give you peace of mind when you place them inside of your camera bag. I use these in my wallet and keychain as well. With a Tile that is in range, you are able to “ping” your device from the phone app, and also see where it was last located. They last about a year, and the app will tell you when it’s time to replace Tiles that are losing their battery life.


FUJIFILM Instax printer

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It’s always fun having photos in print, especially when it’s an actual instant film. The FUJIFILM Instax printer can print photos directly from your phone, as well as from FUJIFILM cameras, and makes prints that look like they came out of an instant printer. It’s a lot of fun to use and it’s even more fun to give out the little prints you make to your friends and family!


Luminar AI

Luminar is launching a brand-new version, right around the 2020 holiday season. It’s a big upgrade and lets photographers edit their images fast but with total control. As a Luminar user myself, I can whole-heartedly recommend this software to any photographer (both professional and hobby).

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View more of the photography gear I use over on Amazon.com:

View my camera gear on Amazon.com

The holiday season will be here soon, and I thought I’d help give you a head start on your shopping list. Whether it’s for a white elephant, stocking stuffer, or gift for a friend, here are some ideas on photography items I actually own and use to get you started with your holiday shopping!

Please note: There are affiliate links listed below. If you use my links, I will get a small commission from your purchase but your purchase price will remain the same.


LensPen

View on Amazon
View on Manfrotto.com

The LensPen is a handy device to easily swipe dust off of your lenses. It’s good to give your lens elements a good cleaning the old fashioned way (using cleaner fluid and a lens cloth), but when you have dry dust on the lens, sometimes wiping it with a cloth can introduce more smudges to the element. Wiuth the LensPen, I can easily wipe away that dust without worrying about making the lens even more dierty.

The LensPen has two sides, a soft brush a more firm side that can help remove spots and smudges. This is always in my camera bag, or in my pocket, so I can grab it when I need to. Plus it’s the size of a marker pen, so it’s easy to stash in your bag.


Peak Design wrist cuff

View on Amazon

Sometimes a camera strap is too much, especially for casual camera use. I use FUJIFILM cameras, and these little straps fit perfectly when I have a small setup (my FUJIFILM X-T3 and 18–55mm lens, for example). I have also used this strap with my Moment case, which helps when I want to use my phone as my camera, giving me more security with my phone as I hold it (especially in tricky positions, such as over water, for example). The strap fits around your wrist, and then you can cinch it tight with the slider to make it more secure.


Lens and body pouches

View on Amazon

I have a small set of lens pouches that I have really come to love. It’s nice for added padding and support when placing your lenses in your camera bag, and they are also great when you just need to tuck one or two lenses away in a backpack or purse, keeping them protected. There are a lot of these types of these pouches, and I plan on getting more (one for each lens and camera body!).


Tiles

View on Amazon

While Tiles are not made specifically for photographers, they can give you peace of mind when you place them inside of your camera bag. I use these in my wallet and keychain as well. With a Tile that is in range, you are able to “ping” your device from the phone app, and also see where it was last located. They last about a year, and the app will tell you when it’s time to replace Tiles that are losing their battery life.


FUJIFILM Instax printer

View on Amazon

It’s always fun having photos in print, especially when it’s an actual instant film. The FUJIFILM Instax printer can print photos directly from your phone, as well as from FUJIFILM cameras, and makes prints that look like they came out of an instant printer. It’s a lot of fun to use and it’s even more fun to give out the little prints you make to your friends and family!


Luminar AI

Luminar is launching a brand-new version, right around the 2020 holiday season. It’s a big upgrade and lets photographers edit their images fast but with total control. As a Luminar user myself, I can whole-heartedly recommend this software to any photographer (both professional and hobby).

View on Skylum.com

View more of the photography gear I use over on Amazon.com:

View my camera gear on Amazon.com

Nicole S. Young is a photographer, published author, and educator specializing in Lightroom, Photoshop, and photography. She is best known for her books on food photography but is widely versed in various photographic genres, including landscape, nature, stock, travel, and lifestyle.

One Comment

  1. Richard Venneman November 8, 2020 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Thanks for all those great suggestions for gifts…to me!

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