10 Photography Gifts Under $400 for Your Loved One on Valentine’s Day

Here are some great photography gifts for the special photographer in your life.

Do you have a special person in your life who happens to be a photographer? If you’re on the hunt for a gift for your loved one Valentine’s Day, you’ve come to the right place. We have rounded up 10 photography gifts any photographer would love. We’ve suggested everything from filters to tripods and camera bags to fun cameras you’ll be able to use together. Jump on past the break to see some hot photography gifts to consider picking up for your loved one this Valentine’s day.

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5 Photography Accessories That Will Bring Your Images To Life

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These photography accessories will help you elevate your images to a whole new level of wow.

We talk about cameras and lenses a lot. Still, there’s so much more that goes on behind the scenes when it comes to creating great images. To get the most out of the RAW files that your camera produces, you need to have the right tools in your office or studio to make them come to life. If you really want to make your pictures stand out from the crowd, this roundup is for you. After the break, we’ll share five photography accessories with you that will help bring your creations to life.

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How Passionate Photographers Stay Sane During the Pandemic

It’s easy to see how difficult it’s been for many photographers.

Fact: tons of people are bored in the 2020 pandemic. Many took on a new hobby that they’ve meant to get into for a while. And amazingly, sales of photo equipment and services enjoyed a surprising increase. Photography is a great hobby. While stuck at home, lots of new, passionate photographers started cutting their teeth. The more experienced creatives embraced this new freedom and spread their wings. Some of us got new lenses. Others headed into the woods. But no matter what, most of us kept shooting. And here’s some of the gear that kept passionate photographers sane during the 2020 pandemic.

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Under $600: 18 of the Best Photography Gifts for Dad This Father’s Day

These photography gifts will make Dad snap happy this Father’s Day.

If your dad is the photographer (or wants to be the photographer) of the family, and you’re struggling to come up with ideas on what to get for him this Father’s Day, look no further than this post. Whether your dad is a newcomer to the craft, or he has been around the shutter a few times, these items will make this Father’s Day even more special for him. Head on past the break to see all the incredible deals we found on photography gifts.

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Before You Edit Your Photos, You Should Check This Out

From December 16th to the 29th, the Datacolor Spyder is being discounted and can help you get better-looking photos.

If you’re one of those photographers who makes more magic happen in post-production than in-camera, then the Datacolor Spyder is the perfect accessory for you. Before you take what that new YouTube tutorial taught you and put it to work, consider whether everyone is seeing your image the same. Have you warmed up your monitor? What about the light around you? And where are people viewing your images? The Datacolor Spyder can help you get consistent colors in your photos every time. And right now, you can save up to $100 on color management!

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Enter Now for Your Chance to Win Over $3,000 in Photography Prizes!

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The Gift of Giving Away package is full of photography prizes you don’t want to miss!

How would you like to get your hands on a bunch of photography prizes that total over $3,000 in value? I’m sure all of you said, “I would,” and we would too. We are sharing the chance to win prizes such as a Fujifilm X-T3, a Tamron 18-400mm Di VC HLD lens, and prizes from Datacolor, Blurb, Sandisk, Moab, WANDRD any more. Best of all, entry is free! Join us after the break for all of the details about the Gift of Giving Away prize package!

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Datacolor Updates Their Spyder5 Software to Support 64-Bit Applications

Grab this free update to ensure your Spyder5 software continues to work on Catalina macOS. 

Apple recently launched an update to its macOS software that is causing all sorts of problems for many software companies. Datacolor was one of the companies that were affected by Apple’s decision to no longer supper 32-Bit applications in their new 10.15 Catalina macOS update. They have, however, just launched a new 64-Bit update that will make their Spyder5 sensors software work on Catalina macOS. Join us after the break for all the details. Continue reading…

The Datacolor SpyderX Tool Kits Could Be Essential for Photographers

With the Datacolor SpyderX tool kits, photographers will be able to get a lot more from their workflow.

Photographers of a particular skill set above the typical amateur are going to want to pay attention to the new Datacolor SpyderX tool kits announced today. Besides including their much improved SpiderX Elit calibration unit, they’re also assisting higher end photographers by bundling a few other goodies together. There are two kits: the SpyderX Capture Pro, and the SpyderX Studio kit. One isn’t necessarily a more high end than the other; one is designed more around the need for capturing out in the field, the other is for studio work.

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Our 15 Favorite Pieces of Gear for Travel Photography in Summer 2019

With the summer holidays almost upon us, we’re sure many of you have exciting vacation plans in store and will want to capture it all.

Photographers who plan on taking a vacation this summer will be happy to know there has never been a better time to look at the market. Not only are there tons of innovative and high-quality cameras out there, but there are also lots of great accessories. Best of all, these items won’t take up a lot of space or break your back while being hauled through an airport. So if you’re a photographer looking to vacation in Iceland, the Virgin Islands, Italy, or even somewhere more local, you’ll care about things like better color. When using something like your weather sealed Sony camera in Hawaii, the Datacolor SpyderX series of products could prove instrumental to getting better colors during your editing process. We’ve gone through our reviews index to figure out what items are best; here is some of our current favorite gear that you may want to consider taking with you for Travel Photography.

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Review: Datacolor SpyderX Elite (Their Best and Their Most Behind Product Yet)

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The Datacolor SpyderX Elite is mostly the same product as its predecessor with a few major improvements.

If you were to ask most journalists, editors, and photographers about how often they calibrate their computer displays, I’m positive that the answer would be never–though the Datacolor SpyderX Elite should give them a number of reasons at least to consider it. The most recently updated product from Datacolor includes a few big design changes and deviations from the previous products. For the creatives who have been using the Spyder units for years, you’ll be happy to know that it operates mostly the same. But in terms of future proofing and reaching out to a newer generation of creatives, there are some obvious and glaring problems with the new Datacolor SpyderX Elite. A number of competitors have popped up in the most recent years to include pretty revolutionary features to the genre of products. But what’s perhaps the Datacolor SpyderX Elite’s biggest problem is the displays that they’re catering so hard towards.

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Datacolor Introduces New and Improved SpyderX Color Calibration Solution

Datacolor’s new SpyderX should come in handy for photographers and creative professionals who want to make sure that their monitors’ colors are accurately calibrated.

Not sure if your monitors are showing your photos in the most accurate colors? Now would be a great time to consider getting them calibrated. Datacolor has just unveiled the new SpyderX, the company’s fastest, easiest, and most accurate color calibration tool for your monitors. This new release is geared to come in handy for photographers, videographers, and other creative professionals whose projects require only the best color management solutions.

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The Best Gift a Photographer Can Give is a Print; And Here’s How You Can Do it Correctly.

The absolute best thing that any photographer can do to their images is bring it into the real world via a print.

As the Editor in Chief of the Phoblographer, we get a bunch of submissions from photographers for us to feature their work–and unfortunately I think that one of the problems for many photographers is the fact that we’re not all using the same screens. To that end, all of our images look different depending on a number of factors that are almost completely out of control. Some of those factors include the lighting around the screen that your photos are being viewed on, the screen that it’s being viewed on, etc. But with prints, there’s a pretty different story.

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Datacolor Announces Free Spyder5 eBook for Color Management Tips and Tricks

Datacolor has a new Spyder5 eBook that may help if you’re still learning the ropes of getting the right color for your photography projects.

Still haven’t figured how to get the colors right for your photography? Datacolor, the makers of the Spyder5 screen calibration tool, just announced their new Spyder5 eBook which you can download for free. This could be an essential guide to color management if you’re planning to get the Spyder5, and especially if you’re gearing to be a pro photographer who works with a lot of colorful projects.

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Review: BenQ SW320 PRO 32IN IPS LCD Monitor (32 inch)

The BenQ SW320 PRO is one of the monitors on the market currently drooled over and dreamt about by many a photographer. It offers a whole lot for photographers who need to edit often in addition to printing, managing tasks like email, blogging, etc, and for general designing needs. If you aren’t aware of why this 32 inch monitor that has a whole lot of resolution can do such a great job, then consider the fact that BenQ claims it can cover over 99% of the Adobe RGB spectrum. Then add in facts like its ease of calibration with tools like those from Datacolor, the ability to switch between AdobeRGB, sRGB and black and white, and an SD card reader built right in alongside three USB ports and an HDMI out cable.

Pretty insane, huh?

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Tutorial Video: How Photographers Can Calibrate Their Computer Display

Photographers need to be able to not only shoot great photos, but also export great images. And there are lots of tutorials on how to edit your photos to look a given way but not a whole lot on how to do something fundamental to the process: screen calibration. Let’s think about this: my office setup and the lighting there is most likely far different from what you have in your office, where you’re probably reading this from, or on your mobile device. So it isn’t the same viewing experience. If you’ve ever used photographic reflectors, your viewing experience of a screen is very much like using different sides of a reflector–soft gold does one thing, white does another, etc. Photographers need to be able to give their viewers the same viewing experience they have.

In order to do that, please check out this video below on just how you calibrate your display from our recent Facebook Live session.

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The Guide to Color Calibration for Photographers Who Don’t Understand it at All

When you get to the idea of calibrating your monitor as a photographer, chances are that so many photographers stray away from it simply because they don’t understand it. But calibrating the monitor that you’re editing on or at least editing in the same spot over and over again will really help you not necessarily create better photos, but create more consistency in the photos that you put out. In earlier times, it wasn’t as important simply because everyone had different displays. But these days, most photography is consumed on a mobile screen and therefore the screens are typically all balanced in the same ways when it comes to color. So ensuring that you get consistent color accuracy across the board makes a whole lot of sense lest you get weird shifts in your colors.

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How to Get the Best Color in Your Final Images


In today’s world of photography it’s very easy to get caught up about camera sensors, sharpness, lenses, etc. But one of the most important things that I’ve always stressed is the significance of color. If you study photographer who use color very effectively like the work of Steve McCurry, you learn that many of his portraits have one key or main color and two other complementary colors. The latitude of those specific colors is also quite important to the perception of the final photo.

But so is the delivery–and ensuring that everyone has the same viewing experience. That’s where the importance of color calibration comes in. Everyone has a different monitor calibration for their own purposes (brightness, contrast, etc). Additionally, everyone also uses products from different manufacturers. That’s why effective color calibration can help ensure that your images make more of an impact from monitor to monitor–this is where the Datacolor Spyder5PRO comes in.

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Tips for Getting the Best Color from Your Photographs


Getting the best color from your digital camera is an essential part of the photographic process. Though you may be tempted to use the automatic white balance setting of your camera or to let your editing software adjust color for you, neither may provide the best results.

Instead, it’s the making of conscious choices both in camera and in software that will really ensure that you are getting the best color. Here are some tips to help to achieve just such results.

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SpyderCAPTURE PRO Takes All The Guesswork Out Of Your Shoot

Datacolor has announced their ultimate solution to shooting and editing your photos in true color. The SpyderCAPTURE PRO bundles four separate tools into an affordable and precise suite that makes your life just that much easier during a shoot. You don’t have to hope and pray that your white and color balances are on point or that your lenses and camera are calibrated precisely.

Head past the break for full details.

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