The Best Gifts For Landscape Photographers

Photography gear is expensive, and anyone with even a passing interest in cameras will appreciate anything you can do to make their hobby (or business) a little more affordable. But landscape photographers can run into unique challenges as they’re often traveling long distances, often on foot, to find the most amazing destinations to shoot. Not only do they have to work hard to ensure their gear is protected against both travel accidents and the elements, but space is at a premium and weight is extra-important. After all, you can’t carry an extra 40-pound bag of camera lenses if you’re hiking through Patagonia. And unfortunately, high-end gear that’s also lightweight and compact comes with a hefty price tag.

Fortunately, various companies now make creative camera-related gear to help make it a bit easier for landscape photographers to get the perfect shot. From collapsable lens cases to editing programs that use artificial intelligence, there are plenty of gifts you can give this season to brighten a photographer’s day.


Nikon Z5 Mirrorless Full-frame Camera: $1,299

If you’re a photographer, you’ll think something in this listing is incorrect – a brand new, full-frame mirrorless camera at $1,300? And it’s from one of the most reputable manufacturers in the industry? It seems too good to be true, but somehow, it’s not. The new Nikon Z5 is mirrorless, making it much smaller and lightweight – and far more comfortable to carry into remote destinations or on extended landscape shoots. You can buy the camera body only or pair it with different lenses for a complete gift. With this price point and impressive spec sheet, the powerful little Z5 just may become the camera of choice for adventure photographers in 2021 and beyond. It’s a worthy competitor to the Sony A7iii, the current leading and affordable full-frame mirrorless on the market.


A Custom Aluminum Print: $16+

Every landscape photographer has a few photos they’re most proud of, so why not gift them the chance to display it for everyone who comes over? The metal photo prints from Nations Photo Lab are some of their most popular products and are unique alternatives to printing on canvas or photo paper. Sizes range from as small as 4 inches by 4 inches to 24 inches by 36 inches and are easy to clean thanks to a glossy coating. Color correction is also complimentary (if needed.) If you’re giving a gift certificate, you have plenty of time. If you’re printing the actual piece of art for someone, try to order it at least two weeks in advance of the holiday to make sure it arrives in time.


Inflatable Camera Lens Case: $54

Traveling with various camera lenses can make the experience a lot more difficult: they’re fragile, heavy, and take up a good amount of space. But the Wandrd Inflatable Lens Case aims to solve some of those problems by creating a one-size-fits-all case to carry extra lenses. This ingenious case is inflatable, so it provides plenty of protection when needed and collapses for easy carrying when not in use. The case also has a cinch-down system to keep expensive lenses extra secure and can carry more than one lens at a time, thanks to a fabric lens divider that comes standard with the case.


Peak Designs Capture Camera Clip: $62.99

You don’t have to own professional camera gear to know how annoying it is to dig into your bag and fish out your camera every time you want to take a shot, especially if you’re shooting a landscape with people or animals. But dangling your camera around your neck while hiking or traveling is a recipe for disaster. Enter the Capture Camera Clip from Peak Designs, a one-size-fits-all solution for DSLR and mirrorless cameras to safely attach a camera to your belt, backpack, or bag strap. Thanks to a quick-release button, it’s the ideal hands-free way to always have your camera at the ready. Various attachments are available, and since the clip can withstand up to 200 pounds of force, you can bet your camera is going to break before the clip does.


Nomatic McKinnon Camera Pack: $399.99

Help the photographer you know save some money on extra luggage fees with the 35-liter McKinnon Camera Pack from Nomatic. The smartly designed bag has dividers that arrange numerous ways to safely protect camera gear of all shapes and sizes and an expandable section for clothing. Because it also has padded pockets for electronics, it’s ideal as a carry-on-only bag for weekends away, but thanks to an easy-access side pocket, it’s a good day bag for photographers to quickly access their camera gear on the go. Other handy features include a magnetic tripod strap, a waist strap, and padded shoulder straps strong enough to haul heavy gear.


Luminar AI Photo Editing Software: $67+

Ask any professional landscape photographer and they’ll tell you that editing is just as important as shooting. High-end cameras shoot in a raw image file, which is intentionally unprocessed, so it doesn’t have finishing touches like color correction or shadow adjustments. Adjustments like those, as well as hundreds of others, are usually don’t by the photographers themselves to get the photo just right. While most photographers tend to use Lightroom as an editing program, giving the gift of Luminar can open their eyes to new features and editing techniques. Photogs just starting to get serious about their work will find Luminar a little more user-friendly than Lightroom, while shutterbugs already married to Lightroom can download a version of Luminar to integrate the program’s best AI features into the already existing Lightroom interface.


DJI Pocket 2 Artificial Intelligence Camera: $349

If you know a landscape photographer who loves technology, consider gifting the DJI Pocket 2 Cam. It’s a small, self-contained camera that can do a lot a standard camera can’t, including taking stitched-together panoramic photos, which you’d normally need a separate lens for on a DSLR.) It’s an excellent gift for someone who wants to start getting into video editing or social sharing since it has an active track feature to follow the subject in front of the frame automatically. Thanks to a stabilizer and over two hours of battery time, it’s great for action photographers and would make a smart gift for someone starting to get more into outdoor activities like skiing or biking. It’s quite a high-tech device, so it’s worth checking out the full specs if you’re considering buying one.


A Voucher for a Go-Anywhere RV Rental from Outdoorsy: $10+

Know someone always on the quest for the perfect sunrise shot? The easiest way to be ready for a 5:30 a.m. photo shoot is to wake up, roll out of bed, and already be in the location you’re shooting. So an RV rental can be a fabulous gift, as it allows photographers to get whenever they need to go, even if there aren’t any hotels or amenities nearby. Rentals range from trendy campervans to full-size RVs for a family of photographers. Outdoorsy is a peer-to-peer rental service (like Airbnb for RVs,) so rentals are available across the country. If you find there aren’t enough rentals near your recipient’s home, you can also check out RV Share, which offers a similar service.

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