15 Great Photography Gifts for Father’s Day

June 16th, 2011 by John Batdorff


Dad showing off his Black Rapid Sports Strap

I’ve been scrambling for a Father’s day gift, so I put a call into Chris, my good friend and owner of Outdoor Photo Gear for some suggestions. I know shopping for dad can be tricky, so I put together a list combining of a few of my own ideas and those that Chris recommended. I hope they help…

Under $20.00

Hoodman LCD Protector– A great way to protect your LCD from scratches, dust, etc. I just replaced mine yesterday.

Spudz Micro Fiber cleaning clothes–  These are great to attach to your camera bag so that you have them at all time.

PowerPax SlimLine 6 AAA Battery Caddy (Chris’s Pick)– Keep all those loose batteries under control with a battery caddy.  This is a very inexpensive gift for the neat freak in your house.

Lenspen-  This is a handy tool for cleaning dust and smudges off your lens.

Think Tank’s Pee Wee Pocket Rocket–  This is a great way to organize your flash cards, and I like the clip on strap so that I can secure them to my bag.

Scott Kelby’s Photo Recipes Live: Behind the Scenes: Your Guide to Today’s Most Popular Lighting Techniques. This is a great iPad app, but I will warn you, it’s a large file and will take a little bit of time to download, but for $9.99 it’s worth it.

Under $100.00

Artistic Photo Canvas– I always tease my daughter that I’ll provide her with a list of shopping suggestions for Father’s day,  but the truth is, there’s nothing I love more than seeing her art.

Borrowlenses.com This is a great gift for a dad looking to try out a new lens or camera body.

Black Rapid Sports Strap– This is a great camera strap, but don’t get thrown off by the fact that it’s a Sports Strap. It works great regardless of how big your pipes are…;)
Delkin Devices Memory Card Reader Universal USB 3.0 (Chris’s Pick)– Everyone needs a fast Memory card reader.

Spyder 3 Express Monitor Color Calibration System Color Calibration is an essential part of any photographer’s toolkit. I use the Spyder 3 system and find it incredibly easy to use.

Over $100

Silver Efex Pro 2–  This is for the guy who wants to take his Black and white images to the next level.

Lightroom 3–Simply the best image management and one-stop postprocessing software on the market.

Scott Kelby Training has really helped me throughout the years. It’s a great way to learn right from your armchair.

Think Tank Photo StreetWalker— This is my number one camera bag. It has plenty of room for 1-2 bodies and 2-3 lenses depending upon size.

Lensbaby Composer Lens–$300.00–This lens is all about creating a unique look while having a blast doing it.

Bonus suggestion:

Black and White: From Snapshots to Great Shots– $22.49 (includes free shipping). Sorry for the blatant self-promotion, but I’m a believer in the book, and if your dad is into Black and white photography, I think he will enjoy it.

Take your black and white photos From Snapshots to Great Shots!



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