Christmas is right around the corner and many of you have already begun the stressful Christmas gift shopping period. Finding a good gift can be hard, especially for those who seem to have it all. So, how about getting them something different this year?
I’ve gathered some of the best landscape photography related resources and equipment that will make a perfect gift for anyone who loves photography.
Christmas Gifts for Landscape Photographers
Becoming a better landscape photographer requires a lot of work both in the field and at home. The best way to learn is by being out in the field with a camera in your hands but it’s just as important to learn the theory and, eventually, post-processing. So, instead of buying another “thing” this year, how about helping someone by giving them something that will actually benefit their photography: an eBook, video course or another educational resource.
We’ve got several popular eBooks to choose between for photographers of all levels here at CaptureLandscapes. For the complete beginner, I recommend our eBook A Comprehensive Introduction to Landscape Photography. If the person you’re buying a gift for already has the basic understanding of how the camera works, our best-selling eBook The Ultimate Guide to Long Exposure Photography is guaranteed to take their photography to the next level.
For the adventurous photographer, Clint Burkinshaw’s Travel Photography: A Guide for the Beginner and Enthusiast is a safe winner. Sarah Marino’s Beyond the Grand Landscape has been popular amongst those who want to learn how to start photographing nature’s smaller scenes and develop their creativity while Mikko Lagersted’s Star Photography Masterclass is for the star lover!
While reading eBooks is a great way to learn new topics, video courses give you a more hands-on approach, especially when it comes to post-processing. CaptureLandscapes has partnered up with some of today’s most influential landscape photographers to take your photography to the next level; is there any better gifts?
The most popular video course the past year is Enrico Fossati’s Dark Processing & Mastering the Mood. In these two videos, Enrico show’s you how to create dark and moody images in Photoshop as he takes you step-by-step through his entire processing workflow.
Sarah Marino’s comprehensive course Black & White Photography: A Complete Guide for Nature Photographers has also been popular and includes several videos, plus an eBook, about capturing and processing Black & White photos.
We’ve also got several other videos from renowned photographers such as Ted Gore, Mark Metternich, Eric Bennett and Rachel Ross Jones. Find all our video courses here.
Plugins & Presets
Something never changes. The most popular tool amongst our readers this year, just as last year, is Jimmy McIntyre’s Raya Pro Photoshop Panel. This panel will make post-processing more efficient and is guaranteed to save you time in Photoshop. I’ve received multiple emails from people telling me how much easier it is to process images with this panel and that they see an overall improvement in their post-processing. If you haven’t heard about Raya Pro yet, take a look at the review I did on it a while back. This is a sure winner amongst landscape photographers who want to step up their post-processing!
For those who want to save even more time in post-processing and do it with one simple click, the Landscape Legends Lightroom Preset from LoadedLandscapes is a good option.
If there’s one thing a landscape photographer never gets enough of its lens wipes. Since we’re often out in rough conditions, the gear quickly gets dirty so having a lens wipe or ten nearby is always useful. Personally, I use and recommend the Zeiss Premoistened Wipes.
Here are a few other accessories that both I and the readers love:
- Landscape Photography Gloves
- Lens Cleaning Kit
- Hot Shoe Spirit Level
- NiSi Filters
- Remote Shutter Release
- Sirui Tripod
Cameras and Lenses
Lastly, if you really want to surprise someone you love, how about giving them a brand new camera or lens? A camera doesn’t instantly make you a better photographer but it certainly boosts the motivation! I always recommend buying the camera and lens separately rather than a kit (typically, kit lenses aren’t as good). Here are the favorite cameras amongst our readers:
… and here are some lenses:
Hopefully, this gave you some good ideas on what to get a landscape photographer (or yourself!) for Christmas. If you have any suggestions for what to get a photographer, let us know in a comment below!