10 Budget-Friendly Photography Accessories For Father’s Day Gifts

10 Budget Friendly Photography Accessories for Father's Day Gifts

It can be hard to come up with something original for Father’s Day and still have money in your wallet, but if your dad is a photo enthusiast, there are actually quite a few photography accessories that won’t break your Father’s Day gift budget. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite photo accessories and they’re all under $25; many of them are under $10! These are high value, low cost tools any photographer can use, regardless of their expertise or type of photography they do. These accessories, aside from being inexpensive, will help protect Dad’s gear and even improve his photography. You could even put together a gift basket with several of these tools. Or get them for yourself! Here’s my list of favorite budget-friendly camera accessories, in random order.

1. Wireless Remote Control Shutter Release Trigger

Foto & Tech wireless remote shutter control
For self portraits and group photos, pick up a wireless shutter remote control to trigger your shutter release

This little gadget will help you take selfie portraits and allow you to get in a group photo by triggering the shutter release remotely. The Foto & Tech Wireless Remote Control works for a distance of up to about 16 feet and is for Nikon users. If you’re a Canon user, try the IR Wireless Shutter Remote Control, compatible with most Canon DSLRs.

2. 18% Grey Card

18% Grey Cards for correct white balance and exposure
Grey Cards help you set the correct white balance and provide a reference for the proper exposure

While you can fix white balance in post-processing, why not get it right in camera? A medium (18%) grey card is an inexpensive way to help you get the proper white balance and exposure. In certain light situations, your camera can be fooled and over- or under-expose your shots. With this Mennon Gray Card Set, you use the grey side as a reference for exposure metering, while the white side helps you get the right white balance.

3. Lens and Camera Cleaning Kit

This isn’t just handy, it’s a necessity. You’ve gotta keep your gear clean. Your lens, as well as the camera body, will soon get coated in dust and fingerprints. Luckily there are loads of cleaning kits available including lens cloths, lens wipes, a bulb blower to blow the dust off, and a microfiber cloth to clean the camera body too. VSGO makes some good ones. Another one I like is Altura Photo Professional Cleaning Kit.

A lens and camera cleaning kit is a must.
Altura Professional Photo Cleaning Kit can help keep your lens and body free of dust and fingerprints

4. Battery Holder

If you’ve ever gotten confused over which battery is charged or had them flying all over your camera bag, then you need this. The one I have is the Think Tank Photo DSLR Battery Holder. This very popular product holds 4 batteries and is compatible with most DSLR batteries.

The Think Tank battery holder case keeps your camera batteries in order
This Think Tank battery holder case holds 4 batteries

5. Bubble Level

If your tripod doesn’t have a bubble level or you’re trying to level your camera on a rock or other uneven surface, a bubble level that mounts on your hot shoe is a cheap solution. Here is a three-axis spirit bubble level for Canon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, Nikon, and other DSLRs. Why 3-axis? Because it has 3 different bubble levels to provide more precise leveling. Be sure to read the list of models to make sure it’s compatible with your camera.

A bubble level is great to even your horizon when you don't have one on your tripod
This odd looking thing is a bubble level that fits in your camera’s hot shoe

6. Memory Card Case

While memory cards come in big GB sizes, it’s always smart to have more than one. And if you carry multiple memory cards, a card case can protect them and keep them organized. You can find hard cases, soft cases, and waterproof memory cards. For my needs, a basic soft case works just fine and the one I found by Think Tank is lightweight and compact and budget-friendly.

Get a memory card case like this one from Think Tank to safely hold your SD cards.
The Think Tank Memory Card Case holds 9 SD cards and is compact enough to fit in your pocket

7. Reflector

If you enjoy taking natural light outdoor portraits, a reflector is a must when you’re stuck in the bright, midday sun. It will help bounce light onto your subject’s face and soften shadows, avoiding a face full of shadows and harsh light. Your best bet is a 5-in-one foldable reflector. Do yourself a favor and get a large one, like this Selens 43″ foldable 5-in-one. It has black, white, gold, silver and translucent sides for different lighting situations. It also has handles, which help keep the grip when it’s windy. If you get one that’s too small you will likely regret it because it will be hard to evenly light your subject.

a set of 5 in 1 reflectors will help bounce light onto your subject's face.
A 43-inch 5-in-1 Reflector like this one will help bounce and fill in light

#8 Lens Cleaner Pen

Only so much is going to fit in your camera bag, so instead of hauling your lens cleaning kit with you, tuck in a small cleaning pen like this one from Lens Pen. It has a carbon cleaning compound (no fluids to leak), it’s non-toxic and you can use the soft, retractable natural brush to clean your camera lenses as well as binoculars, telescope lenses and eye pieces.

Use a retractable lens pen to safely clean your camera lenses
A lens cleaner pen with retractable brush is a compact, easy-to-carry too to remove lens dust

#9 Small LED Flashlight

There are lots of uses for a small LED maglite. Try light drawing and painting at night, use it to find something in your bag in dim light, or even use it as an emergency off-camera flash outdoors. Trust me, you’ll soon find a use for a Maglite Mini LED with adjustable beam focusing.

A small LED Maglite is useful for light painting at night or finding stuff in your bag
A mini Maglite LED is a multi-tasking photographer’s tool

10. Bulb Blower

A bulb blower is helpful for producing a quick, powerful blast of air to remove sand and dust from your camera, lens or filter. I recommend you do this before wiping your lens. This way, you’ll have removed any large particles that could scratch your lens before you wipe it. While some lens cleaning kits come with one, they tend to be wimpy. This rubber Rocket Air Blaster from Giottos is top-notch.

Giottos Rocket Air Blaster for removing lens dust
Giottos Rocket Air Blaster shoots a powerful blast of air to clean sand and dust off your lens, camera and filters.

While there are many other low-cost camera accessories (you need something to balance out the high price of your camera and lenses, right?), the above are the ones I’m finding very useful right now. What’s your favorite camera accessory? Tell me in the comments section below what it is and why you love it.

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