Behind every beautiful photo of a sunset in the Maldives, or of a leopard prowling on safari, there was a photographer and his equipment. For many travelers, all they need is the phone already in their pocket, but if you know someone who is trying to improve their travel photography skills, here are some great gifts to help them take it to the next level. .

Strap Holdfast Money Maker Solo

Nothing screams ‘tourist’ like a camera hanging around someone’s neck with the branded logo strap that came in the box – not to mention the discomfort of walking all day that way. Solve both issues with the Holdfast Money Maker Solo Strap. Crafted from premium leather, this stylish shoulder strap keeps your camera securely and comfortably by your side until you’re ready to snap. It comes in six different colors, three sizes and left / right handed versions to ensure you deliver the perfect fit. Available from Holdfast.

Think Tank Urban Access Backpack

There are a million choices when it comes to travel camera bags, ranging from stylish but impractical to functional yet ugly. A great balance is the Think Tank Urban Access Backpack. The elegant looking bag is made from a two-tone high-tech fabric with a clean design. It does away with most of the usual dangling straps – you don’t always want to advertise you’re carrying expensive gear on the road – but you can still attach a tripod. The main compartment opens fully from the back, to see all your gear, but can also be accessed from the sides to quickly grab your camera if needed. A separate top compartment can store your phone, passport, tickets and other small items. Models available for 13 “and 15” laptops from Think Tank.

Magnifying glass

It’s always fun to take pictures in exotic places. Then you come home and realize that you have thousands of photos to look at. Even when you know the keyboard shortcuts for your favorite apps, the process of sorting, rating, and adjusting photos is still a chore. Enter Loupedeck, which makes three different consoles that connect to your computer and speed up your workflow with programmable buttons and knobs that integrate with Lightroom, Photoshop, and other photography apps. They’re good to go the moment you log in, but for those who want to dig deeper, you can customize everything to your liking as well. The Loupedeck Live and Loupedeck CT are small enough to travel and can be purchased with travel cases.

Sony a7C mirrorless camera

All of the accessories on this list make great gifts, but what if someone still needs a camera to get started? When considering one for travel, you want as little weight as possible with as many features as possible – and the Sony a7C mirrorless camera strikes a great balance. It’s a 24.2 mega-pixel full-frame camera that weighs just 1.1 lbs (without a lens) and is perfect for someone moving from their phone to have more control over how they shoot. The a7C works with Sony FE lenses: the FE 24-105mm f / 4 G OSS is a great all-rounder to get started, covering wide at telephoto, but learning to shoot with something wider, like the Sony FE 20mm f. / 1.8G, will really open up creative possibilities.

Peak Design Travel Tripod

No one likes to carry tripods on a trip, and most people can leave the house without them. But when you see those amazing photos that require long exposures – imagine the Northern Lights, an ocean that appears to be covered in glass, or star trails circling around a secluded cabin – this is another great tool to learn how to use. and have it whenever you want. The Peak Design Travel Tripod folds up to an incredible 15.4 “for packing, then can extend to a height of 60” and support a weight of 20 lbs – more than enough for most people. There are two versions: an aluminum model which weighs 3.44 lbs and a more expensive carbon fiber model which weighs 2.81 lbs. Available at Peak Design.

DJI Mini 2 Drone

Drones are an incredible travel photography tool, allowing you to get bird’s-eye views of landscapes previously impossible to obtain without a helicopter (or parachute). While they all require a bit of practice to learn to fly, the DJI Mini 2 is a great entry-level model. It records 4K videos and 12MP photos, can travel a distance of 6 miles, and has a flight time of 31 minutes. Best of all, it weighs just 8.8 oz. and fits in the hand – perfect for a road trip.

SanDisk Extreme PRO 256GB Memory Card

There’s nothing worse than lining up the perfect shot – say with a moving animal or a passing ship – and then suddenly running out of memory. And by the time you rummage through your bag to change cards, the time is over. There are also rainy or windy weather conditions when opening your camera isn’t a good idea either. With today’s high capacity cards, most photographers can take a trip (even a few trips) without ever running out of room. SanDisk Extreme PRO cards have been extremely reliable and 256GB is more than enough for most people – it’s also 512GB if you really want the extra capacity or plan to shoot really long videos. Pro tip: No matter what size your card is, there’s always a chance something will fail, so always bring at least a second.

Adobe Creative crowd photography shot

If you have an aspiring photographer on your wishlist whose creativity extends beyond Instagram filters – and whose photo library needs better organization than a phone can provide – consider gifting them a year of the Adobe Creative Crowd Photography plan which includes Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Lightroom is a photographer-specific app that helps you organize all of your photos, refine your best shots, make adjustments, and then print them for print or online. And while Lightroom has taken care of most of the photographic tasks, there are still times when Photoshop is needed, so the plan includes both.

Framebridge Matted Framed Print

Let the photographer in your life know it’s time for them to proudly display their work on the walls. Give them a Framebridge gift card and the rest is easy. They can upload their favorite travel photo, choose the size, mat and frame options, and soon the final artwork will be shipped to them. Framebridge offers high quality at very reasonable prices and has plenty of tasteful frames without an overwhelming amount of options to sort through.