I have always been a fan of personalizing gifts for the special people in my life. It says more than a pair of Happy Socks or a gift card. But nothing quite compares to giving the gift of your art.
I’ve talked in the past about how prints make great gifts, but landscape photographer and YouTuber Adam Karnacz of First Man Photography talks about going beyond just printing a canned photo you’ve taken. in the past. He’s about going out with intention and making a piece of art for your recipient to hang on their wall. For photographers, it is the ultimate expression of appreciation for someone. I’ve often done photos and videos specifically and manifested them in real world prints for my son because I know he appreciates a good dinosaur shot.
One of the things he points out is that an impression is something that “can be displayed, cherished, loved” in a way that a basket of chocolates maybe cannot. He also states that he enjoys sharing the photo stories with the recipients. I recently offered a photo of salt and food coloring that I took while reviewing the Venus Optics Laowa 50mm f / 2.8 Ultra Macro APO lens, and it was fun watching my friend try to guess how the photo was made. And as photographers, the answer is never as easy as standing there and taking the picture, right?
Karnacz explains how just being in a place at the right time can create a unique photo of something we see every day. And it’s on that note that he also advises not to be shy about taking photos of the popular places that everyone loves to photograph, just because those are the places everyone wants to hang on their walls. It is the photographer’s eye that differentiates the image. It’s also the photographer’s willingness to get up at dawn and get to that place that makes something worth hanging on someone’s wall. It also doesn’t have to be just a wall. As Karnacz notes, you can do small boxed prints, a book, or any number of things. I have a soft spot for Bay Photo canvas prints (which at this point probably won’t arrive until Christmas, but worth the wait).
So if you are looking for a gift for that special someone, there is still time to go out and have a photo for them. Add a print from a professional-grade photo printer like the Canon PIXMA PRO-200, and in no time you have a gift that’s more special than anything in a store.