10 Great Grad Gifts For Budding Photographers

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If there's one thing photographers can't get enough of, it's photo accessories to make them better shooters. Be it a new set of lenses or a camera bag that will get them excited about taking pictures, no small gift will go unused. For the photographer in your life who is fresh off the school boat, gift her with one of these photog essentials, and consider your "thank you" all the awesome shots she'll soon be posting. Source: Photojojo

Camera Strap

Camera Strap

Help her spruce up her all-black camera with bold, bright camera straps ($37) like these. We've found plenty of other cheery designs that are perfect for the Spring and Summer.

Pocket Spotlight

Pocket Spotlight

Any photog knows that lighting is key to a great picture. A handy pocket spotlight ($30) provides a bright light source on the go, so she'll never have to use flash again.

Photo Display

Photo Display

How cool! Give her a reason to actually print out photos with a 16-frame photo display ($138, originally $150) that creates a large-scale art installation from your own digital image.

GorillaPod

GorillaPod

It's a tripod, it's a mount, it's an extra set of hands all rolled into one. A GorillaPod ($40) should be in every photographer's tool kit, whether she shoots with a phone or DSRL, so she can hold her camera steady, take self-timer shots, create time lapses, and more.

Photography Book

Photography Book

The wonderful thing about Extraordinary Everyday Photography ($17, originally $25) by Brenda Tharp is that it's a reminder that you don't have to go far to take extraordinary shots. It'll help the new grad see the things around her in ways that are totally snap-worthy.

Phone Camera Lenses

Phone Camera Lenses

A big part of the fun of taking photos is trying out new lenses. Gift her with a whole set of phone lenses ($20-$30 each) for iPhone and Android phones that comes with fish-eye, telephoto, wide-angle, and polarizer options for endless entertainment.

Camera Bag

Camera Bag

Nylon bags be gone. With its quilted faux-leather exterior and detachable crossbody gold chain strap, this Bossi bag ($159) is one of several chic camera totes that would make a standout gift.

Iconic Poster

Iconic Poster

Warning: you'll want to keep this for yourself. This print from Pop Chart Lab ($29) depicts 100 classic cameras from over a century of photo history . . . perfect for newbies and veterans alike.

Filter Set

Filter Set

Instagram filters are so amateur. This four-piece filter set ($50-$68) will let her control her shots right on the spot.

Camera Phone Case

Camera Phone Case

It's fun and it's functional: we love that this retro camera iPhone case ($18-$22) is the best of both worlds.