15 Perfect Gifts for Photographers

Need gift ideas for the photographer in your life? Check out these handpicked gifts for the discerning photographer this holiday season.

The Image Flow has curated our list of the very best gifts for photographers. Every one of these great gifts is sure to excite and inspire professionals, advanced amateurs, and would-bes alike!

Library of Congress Farm Security Administration Dorthea Lange Walker Evans Russell Lee

Dorthea Lange’s portrait of a migrant worker (left) is one of some two-dozen 1930s photographs now on display at The Image Flow.

Library of Congress Prints from The Image Flow

Earlier this year, The Image Flow exhibited a selection of images from the Library of Congress by renowned American photographers including Dorthea Lange, Walker Evans, and Russell Lee. The images are part of the Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection, which forms an extensive pictorial record of American life between 1935 and 1944. The Image Flow is offering exhibition-quality prints of these iconic photographs. Call (415) 388-3569 for more information and prices or stop by to see the full catalog of images available.

Tips for night photography from expert shooter Hendrik Paul

Hendrik Paul made this photo on a night train in Poland using lighting as his flash. Photo © Hendrik Paul.

Original Black & White Prints by Hendrik Paul

Bay Area photographer Hendrik Paul is known for his graphic black and white landscape photography. His original archival-quality prints are available for purchase at The Image Flow. See a gallery of Hendrik’s work here. Visit us to see the full range of photographs on offer.

Gift Certificate

Give the Gift of Photography with a Gift Certificate from The Image Flow

A gift certificate from The Image Flow is a great way to give the gift of photography this holiday season! Gift certificates are valid on all products and services at The Flow, including workshops, one-on-one sessions, custom printing, and more. Purchase online or stop by The Flow to purchase a gift certificate in any amount.

Liz Hale

Photo © Liz Hale

Support a Local Photographer and Purchase a Print from Our Annual Group Show!

Our annual group show of student work features the best photography made at The Image Flow each year. The work included ranges from emotional abstract images like the one above by Liz Hale to stunning night photography of the Bay Area. The images included in our group show are available for purchase beginning at our Holiday Party December 3 through the holiday season.

SFMoma Pritzker Center for Photography

SFMOMA Pritzker Center for Photography

Buy a Membership to a Bay Area Museum

A membership to one of the Bay Area’s wonderful art museums, especially one like SFMOMA with its Pritzker Center for Photography, is a great way to give the gift of photography this year and support one of the wonderful assets of our community. Click here for SFMOMA membership or here for a membership at the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums.


Marilyn Monroe in the Nevada desert during the filming of “The Misfits.” 1960. Photo © Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos.

Signed Prints & Photography Books from Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos recently launched their amazing redesigned website featuring their images and the stories behind them—worth taking an hour (or several!) to explore. But did you know you can also buy some of the world’s most iconic photographs from the Magnum Photos store? They’ve also got rare and limited edition photo books, some signed by the photographers, signed posters, and more.

pier 24 collected

Pier 24 Exhibition Catalogs

Pier 24’s exhibition catalogs are collectors’ items themselves, featuring the incredible photography that has graced their harrowed gallery walls. They also make wonderful gifts! Browse current and past catalogs on the Pier 24 website.

photographer's playbook

The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas

The best way to learn is by doing! We love The Photographer’s Playbook from Aperture.org. It’s 307 fun photography assignments, ideas, stories, and anecdotes from many of the world’s most talented photographers and photography professionals to excite and inspire. Great for adults and teens alike!

digital camera recommendations

Photo © Constance Chu.

Digital Camera

If you really want to give the gift of photography, why not buy your favorite budding photographer a new digital camera? The Image Flow experts are here to help: Give us a call at (415) 388-3569 , we’d be happy to make individual recommendations based on your needs.

SanDisk Extreme PRO Memory Cards

SanDisk Extreme PRO Memory Card

The perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite photographer! SanDisk Extreme PRO memory cards are our choice for digital photography.

Wacom Intuos Pro Professional Pen & Touch Tablet

Wacom Intuos Pro Professional Pen & Touch Tablet

Ready to up your retouching game? We use the Wacom Intuos Pro Professional Pen & Touch Tablet. We love it because of its ample space to design, sketch out ideas, and retouch images. Do you use multiple monitors? It’s also great for that! Any serious photographer would love to unwrap this gift!

LaCie 4TB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive

LaCie 4TB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive

RAW images take up a LOT of space. That’s why we recommend getting a LaCie 4TB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive. The LaCie comes in a variety of sizes and the Mini is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand—perfect for uploading on the go and stuffing stockings. And, because we can’t stress enough how important it is to back up, we suggest getting a pair and leaving one safely at home.

pocket reflector

Pocket Reflector

Know anyone who’s just always taking pictures? The Pocket Reflector from Photojojo is a great little reflector for carrying anywhere. This two-sided reflector—silver for reflecting bright concentrated light fand white for bouncing softer natural-looking light—folds down into a case barely bigger than your phone. Perfect for stuffing into your camera bag, day pack, or stocking.

Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag

We love Think Tank Photo’s Retrospective 7 camera bag. This is a true “shooter’s bag” with enough space for a standard DSLR with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens attached and a longer 70-200mm f/2.8 by its side, and you’ll still have enough space for a flash and accessories. It’s also stylish and super comfortable to carry through an entire day of shooting!

Nikon Lens Mug

Nikon Camera Lens Mug

Because coffee is an integral part of any serious photographer’s routine, wouldn’t it be fun to drink said coffee out of a Nikon lens? The Nikon Camera Lens Mug, available in Original and Extra Tall is a great gift for the photographer who “has everything.”

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