Someone you love is a photographer. Or perhaps you are! Maybe they're just getting started, or have more time in their lives to take up an artistic hobby. What can you get them?

What presents will help them that they don't already have? You want to make sure your gift is not only appreciated but needed, but unless you're a photographer too, it's hard to know what to get.

There's an alternative: go digital!

Here are my top ideas for digital gifts that you may not have considered.

Note that these are all products I use and swear by. Sometimes they come bundled with bonuses when you use my affiliate link, and it costs you nothing extra. You are more than welcome to search for them yourself - you'll lose those bonuses, however.

Online gallery/sharing - Pixieset

Pixieset is an online image gallery which can not only display your pictures but allow others to make favourite lists and order prints. It's free to sign up for, and comes with a free website, too. In fact, THIS website you're on now is one of theirs! It's gorgeous and easy to set up.

Oh, and when you use my link, you get additional storage space!


Digital Image Editor - Skylum's Luminar

Luminar is a powerful, AI-enhanced photo editor. It has many features that more famous editors have, yet at a fraction of the cost. (Note that I said "famous," not better - the image editors you're familiar with merely have more marketing dollars to get their products in front of you. That doesn't make them the best available by any means!)

Now it also has an image management system built into it, which means that it will help you organise your photos into albums quickly and easily. I use it for holiday and landscape photography, or if I need to gather a group of images together to make into a photo album.


Backup Service - Backblaze

Backblaze is a set-and-forget cloud-based computing service which automatically backs up your computer (and any hard drives you plug into it) to a trustworthy cloud-based service. This means you are highly unlikely to lose images or files permanently.

If you have important data you must not lose, this is the service to get. Did I mention that it is unlimited? Mindblowing that they can offer such a terrific service at such a reasonable price.  


BONUS RECOMMENDATION

“Dropbox makes it super easy to share [files] with others, whether you're a student or professional, parent or grandparent. Even if you accidentally spill a latte on your laptop, have no fear! Relax knowing that your stuff is safe in Dropbox and will never be lost.”


Jpeg Shrinker - Jpegmini

Jpegs are smaller than raw image files, but they can still take up a lot of space on your computer. Even though storage space is relatively inexpensive these days, it always pays to shrink the file sizes even more, especially if you post them online. Smaller file sizes lead to faster load times!

The best shrinking service I've used is Jpegmini. They use lossless compression - meaning the image quality is not compromised, so the photos still look exactly the same.


Get paid for your images! Shutterstock 

I won't pretend that having your images on Shutterstock will make you a millionaire. Still, it is gratifying to see that people are willing to pay to use your photos! Yes if you join a stock image service, you can get your photos out in front of more people, and they might even come back to buy them. Sometimes it's the strangest thing that gets popular. The most popular image I've ever put on Shutterstock is a high-res image of an old brick wall! 

So have a try, it can't hurt =D


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What gifts are you giving this season? Tell me on Instagram!