The Best Gifts for an Aspiring Photographer Gift Guide Austin Texas

Is someone in your family an aspiring photographer? Do they want to take better pictures of their friends or kiddos? Here’s a great list of gifts to get them started!

Camera – Nikon D3500 – $649.95

I’m a big fan of Nikon and have been shooting with them for over 10 years. This is an excellent entry level DSLR. It’s compact, durable and versatile. It’s as simple to use as a point-and-shoot camera, but it captures beautiful DSLR photographs. It can also shoot full HD video!


Lens – Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 – $176.95

Every photographer needs a prime lens. They give you the option to let more light into your camera because they have wider apertures. They have a shallow depth of field and take super sharp images.


Camera Strap – Epiphanie – $78

The quickest and easiest way to personalize or add a touch of flair to your camera is with a camera strap. Not to mention, the stock straps that come with the camera are pretty poor quality and scream beginner! I love the camera straps available through Epiphanie, which are made from vintage fabrics woven by Guatemalan artisans. Each one is a unique, one-of-a-kind true work of art!


Camera Bag – Brevite “The Runner” – $135.99

Beyond looking chic, this bag is lightweight, compact and function. A backpack is the easiest way to carry your gear around while you’re shooting. It’s important to protect your equipment and lenses. I personally prefer the Blush Pink color!


Memory Cards – SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB – $34.99

Starting out, you’ll need a couple of memory cards. The SanDisk line of memory cards are made to withstand weather and shocks. This one has up to 200MB/s of read speed and a write speed of up to 140MB/s. Best Buy is a great spot to buy these!


External Hard Drive – Toshiba 2TB – $69.99

I have been using the Toshiba external hard drives for years and not experienced an issue. These generally work with both Mac and PC. The aspiring photographer will want to transfer their photographs from the SD card to an external hard drive as they fill the card. The external hard drive is also a more stable long-term storage solution.


To help them get off the ground with solid tips, check out the Basics of At-Home Photography. If they have small kids, share Tips for Photographing Toddlers with them.

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