Spring Photography Gear Guide: 6 Perfect Gifts to Suit Every Budget

Do you have someone in your life who happens to love photography? Perhaps you are looking for a way to make them feel extra special after what’s been a tough year for all of us? If you’re not sure where to start, look no further. We have collected 6 marvelous […]

Do you have someone in your life who happens to love photography? Perhaps you are looking for a way to make them feel extra special after what’s been a tough year for all of us?

If you’re not sure where to start, look no further. We have collected 6 marvelous gift ideas to help the photographers in your life cultivate their skills and take their art to the next level.

There is something in this guide for every type of photographer: how about a three-in-one purpose-built travel tripod, a color reader to match and coordinate colors, or a specialized, calibrated monitor that will make photo editing a breeze?

And at the end of the day, what’s the point of photography if not to share it with others? That’s why a quality metallic print from one of the top photo labs in the United States might just be the perfect gift.

No matter your budget or the type of photography your special someone likes to engage in, you will find something to cheer them up in this spring photography gift guide.

When you’re shooting where the action is, the SanDisk Extreme PRO CFexpress Card Type B unleashes the RAW performance of your gear. Enjoy low latency high-speed recording and enhanced workflow efficiency with sustainable performance. Backward compatible with select XQD cameras. Enjoy a limited lifetime warranty and a RescuePRO Deluxe data recovery software download offer.

Whether you’re freshening your walls for spring, or looking for Mother’s Day gift ideas, Bay Photo has you covered with 20% Off ALL Wall Displays! Includes their most popular products like MetalPrints, Framed Prints, Acrylic Prints, Canvas Wraps, and more. Click here for the details, along with some additional inspiration.

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-in-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 light-weight 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.

The Sony Alpha mission is to give creators the power to realize their dreams. Take creative control and tell your story with the incredible image quality of Sony’s full-frame cameras and premium lenses. With Sony Alpha’s advanced technology, it’s never been easier to create what’s in your mind’s eye. See the complete list of cameras, lenses and accessories on sale now.


We know it is difficult to buy gifts for photographers, especially if you are not a shutterbug yourself.

That’s why we selected these products for you, with something for every step involved in planning, capturing, editing, and displaying great photographs.

If you have more great photographer gift ideas, let us know in the comments below.

And finally, stay well, look after yourself and all the special people in your life, and make the most of this wonderful season.


This gift guide was brought to you by SanDisk, Bay Photo Lab, BenQ, Datacolor, SLIK Tripods & Heads, and Sony.


Image credits: Header stock photo licensed from Depositphotos

Robert G. Mull

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