What To Give to a Budding Photographer?

Over Achiever

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Hey, I was hoping to get some ideas as to what I can give as a gift to someone that has been in photography for several years (photos for local newspaper), and just recently upgraded to a dSLR (Pentax model). I'm looking for something under $50 ... what would my options be?

I thought about books, subscriptions to pro photosharing sites, but I'm really at a loss as to what to get them. Any ideas/recommendations?

-OA
 

atari1356

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Over Achiever said:
Hey, I was hoping to get some ideas as to what I can give as a gift to someone that has been in photography for several years (photos for local newspaper), and just recently upgraded to a dSLR (Pentax model). I'm looking for something under $50 ... what would my options be?

I thought about books, subscriptions to pro photosharing sites, but I'm really at a loss as to what to get them. Any ideas/recommendations?

-OA
Amazon.com gift card. Seriously... that $50 can help pay for an expensive lens or other important piece of gear.

I know some people don't like giving gift cards since it seems like you didn't put much thought into the gift or whatever - but gift cards can really help the reciever out. Especially if family/friends get together and all get the person gift cards to the same place.
 

BurtonCCC

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I think a great gift for any photographer if you don't want to come off as "I have no idea what to get you and don't want to spend time thinking about it so I'll buy you a gift card" would be a memory card for the camera. A find having a spare SD card is very nice thing. Especially with the Nintendo Wii coming out so soon. :)

Daniel.
 

Karpfish

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But most DSLRs take CF cards. I also wouldnt get an amazon gift card, i or any other photog i know buys lenses from amazon
 

Bibulous

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$50 isn't going to go to far, so a gift card to Amazon or B&H would be nice to knock a bit off his next purchase.
 

balofagus

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Karpfish said:
But most DSLRs take CF cards. I also wouldnt get an amazon gift card, i or any other photog i know buys lenses from amazon
But the Pentax dSLRs all use SD cards ;). I think that an extra card would be better than a gift certificate, but I wouldn't reject one of those either!
 

extraextra

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Karpfish said:
But most DSLRs take CF cards. I also wouldnt get an amazon gift card, i or any other photog i know buys lenses from amazon
I've bought lenses off Amazon, there's been no problem. They've even got a nice 30-day return policy.

You could get a year subscription to Flickr for $25, if that seems like something the person be interested in. .
 

Karpfish

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woops, im not so much on top of pentax stuff i guess. i think a flickr,pbase or smugmug membership would be nice
 

Over Achiever

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Thanks for the replies! I'm not so sure an extra SD card is necessary ... personally I have three SD cards and I find it a waste to switch between them. Plus she hasn't gotten into using RAW yet, so I think her card has enough capacity for now.

I did think about giftcards, and like people said, I didn't want it to seem like I didn't know what to get her (which I suppose is true). I'm not sure about getting an Amazon giftcard tho', I don't know many photogs that buy their lenses there. Many buy from B&H tho' right?

As for the websites, she currently uses multiply.com to display her photos right now. I thought she might like an upgrade to a more "professional" photo sharing site, such as SmugMug and whatnot.

Something I just thought of ... perhaps getting her a subscription to a photography magazine?
 

wmmk

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if they don't have a joby gorillapod, get them one of those! they're super cool. just make sure to specify that you want for dSLR, not point and shoot.