Great gifts and accessories for photographers

Nine gifts for people who love photography and gadgets

Published on: November 13, 2022 10:33 PM EST|Updated on: November 15, 2022 1:11 PM EST

Illustration for The Baltimore Banner's gift guide

Do you have people in your life who are photography or gadget enthusiasts? Are you looking for a unique gift idea? These gift ideas are sure to please the pickiest enthusiasts.

Shuttered book
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Signed and numbered copy of ‘Shuttered’ by J.M. Giordano

Price: $100

Sold exclusively at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, “Shuttered” is a collection of work by Baltimore photographer J.M. Giordano. He chronicled the collapse of the international steel industry starting with Baltimore’s Bethlehem Steel Sparrows Point plant in 2003.

Beginning in 2004, with photos of retirees who lost their health care benefits in Baltimore to 2019 in the United Kingdom where mills were similarly closed, “Shuttered” is a record of decline and collapse documented in over 70 photographs. Each book, printed locally by Mt. Royal Press, is signed and numbered in a limited edition of 100. Be sure to catch the accompanying exhibit at the museum.

Where to buy: Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore

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Price: $29 for a single, $99 for a four-pack

Give your forgetful friends or family members the gift of finding misplaced items! Airtags are an easy way to keep track of misplaced stuff. Simply attach one to your keys or place it in your backpack. These tiny Bluetooth beacons broadcast their location to an iPhone or tablet, allowing you to track down lost items via Apple’s FindMy network.

Where to buy: Apple store at the Towson Town Center, 825 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson

iPhone photography book
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‘The iPhone Photography Book’

Price: $22.99

Want to improve your iPhone photography game? Learn to take a better iPhone photo with “The iPhone Photography Book” by Scott Kelby. Kelby leaves the techno-speak behind and uses clear writing to help you unlock the power of your phone. He explains which tools to use to make pro-quality portraits, offers posing techniques, and provides stunning lighting tips. Scott Kelby is a photographer, author, and publisher of periodicals dealing with photography and Adobe Photoshop software.

Where to buy: Amazon

Bike photo frame
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Bike photo frame

Price: $39.99

This next gift idea is a two-for-one gift idea designed for that rare breed of bicyclist and photographer. Ten Thousand Villages offers this recycled bicycle chain in a darkened finish that makes a handsome and unique 4″ X 6″ picture frame. If bikes aren’t quite right, browse their other frames to find something that may better suit your loved one.

Where to buy: Ten Thousand Villages, 1621 Thames St, Baltimore

Canon Powershot monocular camera
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Canon Powershot monocular compact camera

Price: $299.99

This stylish compact telephoto monocular camera lets you easily see the sights wherever you travel. The optical zoom can take the viewer from 100mm to 800mm with the push of a 3-way button. Fast autofocus tracking keeps you in the action, and image stabilization helps steady each shot. The monocular features a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor that allows the user to capture full HD 30p video as well as still images. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth allow the user to connect a smartphone and use LiveView or transfer any image and video to enjoy and share. The camera uses a microSD memory card.

Where to buy: Service Photo, 3838 Falls Road, Baltimore

Camera lens coffee mug
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Camera lens coffee mug

Price: $13.99

The Camera Lens coffee mug is the perfect chic gift for that traveling photographer or just a conversation piece on your desk at work. Nothing says, "I take my photography seriously," more than a lens mug. Not a coffee drinker – then this versatile multi-functional container can hold your change or pens and pencils.

Where to buy: Amazon

Mini ring light for mobile phone
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Mini ring light for mobile phone

Price: $16.90

Turn your smartphone into a mini photo/video studio with this versatile clip-on LED ring light. This Westcott/Universal ring light sports a 36-diode light that emits a diffused soft flattering light that has 3 levels of brightness, plus a strobe for still shots. It’s the perfect accessory for capturing high-quality selfies and social videos and to always look your best on teleconferences. The light works effortlessly on a 30-minute one-charge lithium battery. Comes with a USB charging cable for on-the-go use.

Where to buy: Service Photo, 3838 Falls Road Baltimore

Seagate 5TB portable hard drive
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Seagate 5TB portable hard drive

Price: $119.99

So you’ve been busy taking beautiful family photos and Pultizer-worthy photos of your food … now what? Your smartphone is almost full and that SD card is about maxed out. Seagate offers a 5TB portable large-capacity mobile storage drive. At this size, the Seagate 5TB Backup Plus Portable device can transfer data at speeds up to 140MB per second and can store up to 600 hours of HD video.

Where to buy: Best Buy

SanDisk 64GB SD memory card
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SanDisk 64GB SD memory card

Price: $10-$80

Last, and most importantly, your snap-happy loved one is going to need a memory storage card for their digital camera. And you are in luck. These memory cards come in a variety of storage space sizes and speeds. The higher the rate of speed, the quicker in writes. Pro tip: The SD on the card means “Secure Digital” and not storage device or “So Drunk” (thank you, Urban Dictionary!).

Where to buy: Most big retailers like CVS, Walgreens, Target and Walmart