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Best Gifts for the Budding Photographer

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February 18, 2014 · 784 Views

Do you have a shutterbug friend or relative who’s just learning the ropes of photography? If you’re in the market for something to help your loved one grow in his new hobby, there are plenty of gadgets and gizmos to choose from.

SanDisk ultra 64GB Class 10 microSD Card

This electronic item not only holds hundreds of photos on a card no larger than your thumbnail, but it can also run many times faster than other cards of its type. Plus, it’s waterproof, X-ray-proof and temperature-proof, so you don’t even have to worry about those pesky airport scans ruining your equipment when traveling. ($59)

LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive


Your new photographer will be taking so many pictures, she’ll eventually run out room on that little SD card. And once all those updates are made to make her pictures just-right, those photo files will grow in size – all the more reason to have extra space to save them to. This mini portable hard drive allows you store up to 500 GB; is shock, rain and pressure resistant; and offers built-in password protection so her files will remain safe. ($79)

Gorillapod Magnetic

The Gorillapod is one of the coolest gifts you can find for a photographer friend who is using a lightweight camera or camcorder. This nifty gadget is a tabletop tripod that boasts bendable legs and super-magnetic feet that will cling to any magnetic surface. This will add to the fun of your photographer’s new hobby! ($23.95)

Photoshop CC and Lightroom

Every photographer needs a good graphics editing program, and Adobe offers some of the best programs in the business. Photoshop CC offers some of the best digital imaging software on the market and even allows for 3D editing. Photoshop Lightroom allows both professional and amateur photographers to touch up, organize and share their images on the Adobe Creative Cloud, making uploading images a breeze. ($9.99/month)

Lensbaby The Muse

Lensbaby makes attachable lenses that can change the look of your image as you peer through the viewfinder. Put one area of the image in sharp focus or blur it entirely – there are endless possibilities with this Lensbaby camera attachment. It’s not only fun to use, but it’s also a much cheaper alternative to the glass lenses that often run upwards of $1,000. (Lenses starting at $90)

There are so many different options to choose from in deciding which appliance to purchase for the new photographer in your life.

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Jennifer Eberhart is a freelance writer currently living in New York City. She is a regular contributor to the Arts column on Examiner.com. Jennifer enjoys traveling, reading, art, religion and video. She has a master's in art history and is attempting to make it to all the museums in New York City - a much harder task than it sounds!

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