Christmas gifts for photographers

Inspiring photography-related gifts for the festive season

Buying gifts for the lens-lover in your life can be a daunting (and often expensive) task. With so many variants of just about every photographic accessory you can think of on the market, choosing the best one to suit the recipient's needs - and your budget - can be a bit of a minefield.

With this in mind, we've done the hard work for you, cherry-picking a selection of the best photographic products and accessories around, with a range of options to suit just about anyone.

So, whether you're after a few extra photo-themed stocking fillers or a slightly pricier sleigh-stuffer for your loved one (or just a little treat for yourself) you should find plenty of inspiration here.

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Price: £59.95/US$49.95

ioShutterSLR from Enlight Photo is a handy accessory for DSLR owners looking to trigger their camera remotely: ideal for capturing sensitive subjects such as wildlife, or - for social snappers - group shots or the increasingly popular 'selfie'.

Unlike the mechanical plunger-style remote cable releases of old, this remote trigger uses a free app (downloaded from the iTunes Store) in conjunction with a release cable (purchased separately) to allow users to control their camera from their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

The latest version of the app (ioShutterSLR) features programmable and upgradable timers, time-lapse functionality, bulb setting for long exposures, ClapToSnap sound trigger, ShakeToTake movement trigger, and more besides. Check out Enlight Photo's website for full details of the product package, including camera and iOS device compatibility.

Christmas gifts for photographers

The ioShutter

Xrite ColorMunki Display

Guide price: £132/US$144

This little beauty from Xrite makes light work of ensuring a perfect colour match between your display and your printer, so your printed projects turn out exactly how you envisaged, every time.

The new ColorMunki Display unit features a range of freshly developed advanced filter and optical systems that enable it to take quick, accurate measurements from your display.

It promises 'unrivalled colour accuracy' for all modern displays, including LED and Wide Gamut LCDs, and is spectrally calibrated, which means it will support future upgrades as display technology continues to evolve.

The compact device itself performs three functions - ambient light measurement, monitor profiling, and projector profiling - while the accompanying software offers Easy and Advanced modes to suit your individual level of expertise.

The intuitive wizard-driven interface takes care of everything, with the Advanced options providing scope for fine-tuning if desired. 'Before' and 'after' images show the changes being made for easy comparison and a profile reminder tells you when it's time to re-calibrate your devices.

All-in-all, we can think of no better tool for prolific printers that demand the utmost in precision in their projects.

Christmas gifts for photographers

The ColorMunki Display

Rogue FlashBender

Guide price: from £25.99/US$34.95

Practical and portable, this light-shaping tool will please avid strobists looking to make the most of their flashgun's creative potential.

With the rise in popularity of flash-lit photography, a wealth of accessories has evolved to help overcome some of the limitations imposed by the technology on offer and ultimately yield more professional-looking results.

Rogue FlashBenders represent one of the most flexible of these products currently available, due to their unique shapeable design that allows for easy on-the-fly adjustments to the angle, shape and intensity of your flashgun's output.

The universal Velcro strap for attaching the mini-reflector means you can get a perfect fit on just about any flashgun and its bendable nature makes it easy to direct the light precisely where you want it to fall.

There are a range of sizes available and all of the FlashBender variants pack flat for easy storage.

Christmas gifts for photographers

The Rogue FlashBender

Lastolite Ezybox Speed-lite Softbox

Guide price: £45/US$74.99

Another great gift idea for Strobists, this nifty product from Lastolite is designed to fit onto your flashgun - whether it's on- or off-camera - and turn it into a mini-softbox.