The $50 Christmas list for Photographers

Congratulations! You found the Ultimate $50 Christmas List for the Photographer in your life! If you are not one yourself, photographers can be quite a challenge to buy for. This list contains some of the hottest items of this holiday season. Happy shopping!

Whether they are on the shelf or on the Kindle, books are still a great way to push forward into the New Year with some new skills. While we cannot guarantee that there will not be offensive images, we are pretty confident that these books are among the cleanest on the market.


Here are a couple of quick fixes to help you take even better photos with that iPhone camera!

iPhone Lens kit

Mini Gorilla-pod for iPhone

iPhone tripod adapter


Lens Mugs
Ever since they hit the U.S. Market about 2 years ago, Lens Mugs have been one of the hottest selling photo accessories. Here’s where to get yours cheap.

Canon 24-70

Canon 70-200

Nikon 24-70


Cards & Batteries
You can never have too many of either!

16GB SD Card

16GB CF Card

AA Batteries & Charger

AA Rechargeable Batteries


Have ideas for more great stuff? Comment below, and we’ll do our best to include it!

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4 Responses to “The $50 Christmas list for Photographers”

  1. Andrew November 28, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Great list! Thanks for posting this.

    Also, have you read any of Scott Kelby’s books? (Digital Photography, Vol. 1, 2, & 3) A friend recommended these. Any thoughts on that series?

    • Rowan November 30, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

      I’ve read some of Kelby’s stuff, but not the ones you mentioned. I’ve always been impressed with his work.

    • Kelly November 30, 2011 at 10:59 pm #


      I have all three. I’ve read the first one and I’m working my way through the second. They’re a great quick read. By the time you get to the third one, there will be some repeats, but not a lot. One thing that I really like is that they a cover a little bit of several different kinds of photography (portrait, landscape, sports…) in each, building upon the last book. They’re an easy read, he doesn’t use a bunch of technical jargon (if he does, he explains it). I would definitely recommend them.

  2. Clarissa November 30, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    @Andrew I have all 3 and they are AWESOME!!! This series is best for the casual photographer who is wanting to become a professional, and helps you to achieve that. The 1st book helps you with the how to photograph basic. I do recommend though that you are familiar with the manual settings of your camera, and basic photographic concepts, as this will greatly help in understanding technics mentioned in the book. The 2nd book is really good too. It starts getting into the more professional side of photography, ex.: how to use flash, building your own studio, shooting weddings, and more in-depth explanation of taking photographs. Book 3 is probably my most favorite of the collection. It really gets technical with some cool tricks, tells you a lot about lens and recommended equipment to use during unique situations, some cool ideas for taking photographs, and a ton more cool stuff. He also has it set up that if he (Scott Kelby) recommends an item, he gives it in “budget”, “not really budget”, and, “I’m loaded with money. Bring on the equipment” side of pricing products. As a “budget” photographer, this was a real help in getting quality products and cool stuff for “cheaper than expected”. There is a ton of other stuff about this book that is really helpful, but I could probably write a book trying to explain everything that is in the books:) I would get all 3 books if you have that option. If not, def start out with book 1, as this really is a good starting point. I think you can get all 3 for around $45 from But I have also seen them at for cheaper used. Otherwise, I think they are about $20 a piece. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any specific question about the books.

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