2014 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Happy Mother’s Day from Photo.net!

Don’t forget to thank mom for all she does! With this long list of fabulous photo gear finds, you’ll be sure to find the right gift (or add to your wish list). Click the right arrow to begin.

Enter two Rafflecopters below for a chance to win one of three SD Pixel Pocket Rockets courtesy of Think Tank Photo. or a 32GB Lexar Professional 600x SD card courtesy of Lexar.

For the adventurous mom: Nikon 1 AW1

$799.95 (kit with an 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 a 50mm f/1.8 lens, $999.95 with the two-lens kit)

This is for the mom that likes a little outdoor adventure. This water-, shock-, and freeze-proof camera has interchangeable lenses! Complete the package with an optional skin that will provide a better grip as well as the extra 10mm/f2.8 lens. 

Click here for a more detailed announcement.

For the creative, social media-loving mom: Canon Powershot N Facebook Ready


Sometimes, you just need to ditch your DSLR for a camera that is meant to be purely fun! This funky, pocket-sized, uniquely shaped point-and-shoot allows you to shoot in “Creative Mode,” where the camera chooses 5 filters that turn your one photo into artistic masterpieces. If mom loves Facebook, she can put her photos up with the press of a button devoted to Facebook uploads. 

Click here for an in-depth review. Click here for more information from Canon.

For the macro-loving mom: Tamron 90mm F2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro


Outdoor macro season is here. This incredible, luxurious lens is sharp and creates a really soft bokeh and will give a sharp, yet dreamy quality to your life-size macro shots. It is brilliant for portraiture as well.

Click here for an in-depth review and here for additional praise. Click here for more information from Tamron.

For the detail-loving mom: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM.


Sigma’s new 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art is now available for the price of $949, just in time for Mother’s Day! Ideal for many types of videography and photography, including portraits, landscapes, studio work and still-life; you certainly don’t have to be a pro-photographer to use this pro-level performing lens.

Click here for more information. A full photo.net review is coming soon!

For the mom who wants convenience: Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD

$449 (plus $70 mail-in rebate until June 30th and an extra $30 rebate only until May 12th)

Great for a mom on the go, this all-in-one lens is perfect for shooting sports and nature as well as traveling light, offering complete flexibility and magnification.

Click here for more information. Click here to read the full review on photo.net.

For the mom who travels light: Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

Originally $549, with savings $349

Give Mom a gift that packs three photography features into one great lens! Sigma’s 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM is a macro, telephoto and wide-angle lens all wrapped up in one very sharp and very fast lens. This lens is great for photographing scenery or creating once in a lifetime individual or family portraits. This Mother’s day, receive instant savings of $200.

Click here for more information. Click here to read the full review on photo.net.

For the imaginative mom: Lensbaby Composer Pro with Edge 80 optic

Originally $500, currently on sale for $400 in Lensbaby store

Enough with the sharp lenses already, right? This dreamy, unique style of a selective focus lens takes you away from the sometimes boring-ness of perfection by deliberately creating blur. Perfect for casual and serious photographers, alike, but user MUST love to be creative!

Click here for more information. Click here to read the full review on photo.net.

For the visual mom: Canon PIXMA iP8720 Printer


A surprisingly high quality—yet really affordable—photo printer that even pro photographers love, and mom can make prints up to 13 × 19 inches.

Click here for more information. Click here to read the full review on photo.net.

For the decorative mom: CanvasPop Photo Print

starting at $30

CanvasPop prints make thoughtful gifts for any occasion. You could print mom’s favorite photo or give her a gift certificate and let her choose. Bonus: you can print directly from photo.net. Check out a sampling of images available for sale here.

Click here for more information. CanvasPop is also offering photo.net customers a special 30% discount with the code PHOTONET until May 26th!

For the organized mom: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5

$149 OR $9.99/month (with Photoshop) in Creative Cloud

Lightroom develops and perfects your digital photography with advanced controls for color, exposure, tone, sharpness, and so much more. It also organizes your photographs and creates a workflow, allowing mom to say goodbye to masses of unorganized digital files. Lightroom also works on an iPad and syncs with your desktop. (A WD Passport is a nice addition to this gift – mom can keep her library of files in one neat place.)

Lightroom has taken my photos to an entirely new level as a semi-pro photographer and mother of four. It gives my images a depth and professionalism that I can’t get anywhere else with the ease of nothing I have used in the past.Rebekah Gough

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For the creative mom: Adobe Photoshop Elements 12


Help mom turn her snapshots into creative masterpieces with textures and effects as well as basic editing such as contrast, color correction, restoring old photos, and so much more.

Click here for more information. Click here for the full review on photo.net.

For the vibrant mom: Photojojo Oh! Wow. Ring Light


On-camera flashes can most often produce some terribly harsh photos, yet external flashes can be pricey. At $99.99, this ring light can improve portraiture and macro shots with three levels of brightness. It is available for Canon and Nikon cameras.

Click here for more information. A full photo.net review is coming soon!

For the stylish mom: Jill-e Camera Bag

$49.99 – $364.99

Jill-e offers many different types of lifestyle bags, camera bags included. They are sturdy, great quality, and attractive. The designers clearly thought through the challenges women have when toting a camera bag around, as the many styles of Jill-e bags feature layouts and shapes that make sense, as well as bags that have tons of little pockets for incidentals.

Click here for more information. Click here for the full review of the Jill-e Small Camera Bag.

For the conscientious mom: WD My Passport (Ultra or Slim)

$119.99 – $179.99

Bring peace of mind to a mom who has a ton of photos and isn’t sure what to do with them all OR may need to transport them from computer to computer. Don’t let her lose precious memories or digital works of art.

Click here for more information. Click here for the full photo.net review.

For the mom with a camera in her hands constantly: Lexar Professional 600x series SD card

$49.99 – $309.99

Lexar’s 600x Speed series SD cards are their top-of-the-line performers, with a very high transfer speed. This card is ideal for both photos and HD video! There are several different cards: 16GB ($49.99), 32GB ($89.99), 64GB ($169.99), and if you are feeling really generous, the 128GB ($309.99).

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For the mom who is always prepared: Think Tank Photo SD Pixel Pocket Rocket


For the mom with SD cards piling up, breaking, or getting misplaced because they have fallen into the depths of a bag, the SD Pixel Pocket Rocket will organize 9 SD cards and mom will always know where they are because the contraption attaches to a bag.

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For the mom who always stays curious: Online photo courses

If mom already has the “stuff” she needs, how about the gift of knowledge and inspiration?

Big Picture Classes are inspirational, less-technical, and very affordable (and addictive). Read a review on photo.net here and click here for more information. The price per course ranges from $8 to $60. There are even a few free ones sprinkled in!

Eyeist.com would allow mom to set up a portfolio review of her work with a major photographer in the industry. Each review is $100 to $350, depending on which you choose. Click here for more information.

Craftsy offers more intensive, technical classes ranging from Basics of Digital Photography to Family Photography. Each photo course is approximately $59.99. Click here for more information.

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