Experienced Photographers’ Guide to the Perfect Lighting Gift

Top Lighting Gifts for New Photographers

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Top Lighting Gifts for New Photographers

All photographers need the right equipment to take stunning shots. Lighting is one of the most important elements of photography and investing in the right equipment can make a world of difference. Regardless of whether they’re starting out in portrait photography, fashion photography, wedding photography, or anything else, gifting the right lighting tools is sure to be a hit.

Softbox Lights

Softboxes are a must-have lighting tool for photographers of all levels. They “bounce” light off their internal sides, creating a much softer and natural light than can be created with a single light source. They’re also great for controlling shadows and creating a luminous, but diffused base for any photoshoot. A great starter gift for any photographer is a set of softboxes.

LED Lights

Most studio work now requires LED lighting. LED lights have become the standard in studio photography, video production and onsite shootings. Their ability to produce a wide range of colors and intensities at low temperatures make them the go-to for professional photographers. A great gift for a new photographer would be a set of LED lights and diffusers, as this will give them the flexibility and control over their lighting that they need.

Color Filters & Gels

Color filters and gels are a great way to add depth and interest to a photograph. Filters and gels offer photographers the ability to experiment with coloring their light, to add a bit of creative flair to their light. Many basic photography kits offer a few color filters, but a gift of a variety of filters and gels is sure to open up plenty of creative possibilities.

Flash Lights

Flash lights are essential for outdoor photography. From natural outdoor portraits to weddings, photoshoots or event photography, flash lights provide a fantastic light source to boost and brighten a photograph. A great gift idea for new photographers is a set of portable flash lights, as they’re both lightweight and powerful.


Reflectors are a versatile lighting tool for outdoor use. They allow photographers to bounce and shape light by reflecting the available sunlight. From highlighting an individual feature of a subject to producing a softer light, reflectors can produce a wide range of effects – making them a great gift idea for any photographer.


Umbrellas create a beautiful soft light. Umbrellas come in both reflective and shoot-through shapes, and both offer a beautiful soft light that’s perfect for headshots, family photos, and product photography. A thoughtful gift for any photographer would be a set of umbrellas.

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