Photo Gift Ideas That Every Photographer Should Know About


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When it comes to exchanging gifts with friends or family members, we really are spoiled for choice. Ironically, this abundance of novel ideas makes it near impossible to hone in on that one perfect gift for a loved one.

Photo by aoao2

Photo by aoao2

Whatever you chose, it is always the thoughtful and personal gift ideas that are the most touching and well received. And there is no better gift than one that is completely timeless.

For me, really? You shouldn't have!

For me, really? You shouldn’t have!

In photography, there is a whole multitude of gift ideas just waiting for you to explore; most don’t cost the ends of the earth, however some may require a level of photographic skills with programs such as Photoshop or old school stock techniques. Below you’ll find some of the most creative and thoughtful photo gift ideas from the world of photography.

Restoring Old or Damaged Photographs

Thanks to the awesome power of Photoshop and scanners restoration of old stock images are appearing more and more. Old photographs, that are either damaged or have suffered lost details thanks to the great many decades that they’ve collected dust, can be resorted to the state they were originally in the day they left the darkroom, or even in some cases, can be altogether improved to the point that could have easily been taken with today’s DSLRs!

With some clever use of the clone brush in Photoshop you can even fix rips and cracks in photographs.

With some clever use of the clone brush in Photoshop you can even fix rips and cracks in photographs.

Grandparents all have that old box of photographs stashed in a cupboard or cabinet somewhere. If they happen to have a big wedding anniversary coming up, what better way to show them that you care than taking one of their wedding photographs and having it restored professionally or even getting it blown up, mounted and framed in a style you know they’ll love.

Photo Frame Montages

It’s your best friend’s birthday, and what better way to celebrate another year with them in your life than to have a montage of photographs of you with them, cleverly put together.

A collection of photographs that is handmade will always carry that extra signature touch of effort.

A collection of photographs that is handmade will always carry that extra signature touch of effort.

You can do this the old fashioned and rather sticky way with glue and scissors, or you could even do it digitally with the help of a digital frame that has a repeating loop of all their favorite photos of you both together.

You can buy such a frame here

Or you can do it in Photoshop, quite simply by opening all the photographs you want to use, opening a blank canvas background and arranging them accordingly in separate layers, cropping out any unwanted details… or people!

A Professional Photo Shoot

Depending who does it, this can either be the most expensive present on the list, or the cheapest..Especially if the photographer is you!

There are many types of studio sessions available, from all types of professional photographers. However, I always encourage having your shots done on location. Studios with backgrounds and harsh lighting are usually very tame and samey, try and be a little more adventurous!

Shooting in a special place means so much more than being under the lights of a studio in a strangers loft

Shooting in a special place means so much more than being under the lights of a studio in a strangers loft

If this gift is for your partner, how about you hire a photographer to take a shot of you both in your favorite spot in a local park or (depending where it is) where you first met.

A Personalized Photo Book

These are excellent gifts, especially if the person you’re buying them for has a collection of photographs that they love from either their time at college, or when they went traveling.

This doesnt have to be a mix of their photographs, it could even be shots from their favorite photographer or photos of people that mean something deeply to them

This doesnt have to be a mix of their photographs, it could even be shots from their favorite photographer or photos of people that mean something deeply to them

Making a book that they can keep forever that’s personalized is very touching, and will most certain score you some serious friend points..! But that’s not why you’re doing it though is it!?

Old School Photo Album

Photo albums can be brought in most shops for reasonable money, however the gift of photographs to a loved one can come with that extra special detail of elegant presentation.

Just that little extra bit of class, makes a huge difference

Just that little extra bit of class, makes a huge difference

Some of my wedding photography friends tend to almost always state that when it comes to the delivery of the final batch, presentation is everything. Below you’ll find links so of the best photographic albums that you can buy online:

Aspinal of London

Zook Binders

Epica

Turning a Photograph into a Painting

Depending on who the gift is for, why not take their favorite photograph and turn it into a painting?

With a little time, and a little skill, you can create an image that is very impressive

With a little time, and a little skill, you can create an image that is very impressive

There are a number of websites that can do this for a price and some are even for free such as Tuxpi.com
However, this is a relatively easy but rather time consuming process you can do yourself using Photoshop; watch this video to find out how.

How to Turn a Photograph into a Painting With Photoshop

Photographic Knowledge

The next time you purchase a DSLR for a loved one, instead of buying them a how to book, why not pay for a weekend course?

The basics in photography is all you need to start taking photographs to be proud of.

The basics in photography is all you need to start taking photographs to be proud of.

Photographic courses are fun, cheap and the knowledge that they’ll pick up will help them to develop as a photographer giving the fundamental tools to build upon as they find their style and photographic preferences.

Home-Made Greetings Cards

Chances are that you biggest photography fans are made up of your nearest and dearests. If you happen to have a birthday coming up why not print one of your photographs that they love or go and take a photograph of a certain place or seane and with the power of Photoshop, turn it into a greetings card!

They don't have to come from your existing portfolio, they could simply be an image that you know they'll love

They don’t have to come from your existing portfolio, they could simply be an image that you know they’ll love

This is a relatively straightforward thing to do, all it takes on your part is a little time and effort, but trust me its worth it.

Set Up A Family Photoshoot.. with a Difference!

If your Grand mothers favorite film is gone with the wind, why not arrange a photo shoot so that all of her grand children play all of the lead characters and that the photo itself could make up the movie poster?!

Another great one would be to replicate the star wars movie poster for your dad on fathers day with him as Darth Vader and then all of the kids dressed as other key characters.

logistics? what logistics!?

logistics? what logistics!?

logistically that could end up being something short of an absolute nightmare to arrange, however imagine if you managed to pull it off, and the look on your dads face, would certainly be worth the effort!

HDR Their Pride & Joy

Evey grown man has one, a toy, their only remaining one and usually its their pride and joy, this will either be a classic car or motorbike, so why not HDR it!

Warning! A HDR photograph is a powerful thing and can often makes objects look a lot better than they actually are!

Warning! A HDR photograph is a powerful thing and can often makes objects look a lot better than they actually are!

If you’re unfamiliar with HDR you can find a tutorial here on our website, just click this link.

Photography as a whole, offers a wide variety of gift choices for loved ones, all it takes a little creatively on your part, and you’ll soon be making that certain somebody feel very special , with a gift that can come with a sentiment that’s absolutely priceless.

Robert is a surrealist visual artist, photographer and journalist. Many of his photographs are exhibited throughout the world in private and corporate collections.
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