I gave you a photography wish list last year, and it was nice and all for the beginning photographer. There is some really good stuff on there! But I had a few emails about putting together a list for a professional or more serious hobbyist photographer that was ready to invest some money. So here it is! Now I'm going to warn you, many of the things on this list aren't cheap. They are for those who are already knee deep into photography, and those around them likely already know what this means to the pocket book. But like many other things in life, you get what you pay for. So... fair warning. (Feel free to pass on this link with the # of the one you are hinting to get to your significant other.)
#1 Camera Bag
#2 A Macro Lens
(or any lens but I didn't want to leave you hanging)Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro or the Nikon's 105mm f/2.8 micro A macro lens is a fun one to play with and maybe one that a photography enthusiast wouldn't have or buy for themselves. It also opens up a whole new world of macro photography!
#3 Photography SessionPhotographers rarely have really great photos of themselves. Research who is a great photographer in your area and get a photography session for with your photographer in front of the camera rather than behind it!
#4 GorillapodGorillapod SLR Zoom is a bit heavier for heavier camera and lenses. See this review for more info. This is also on my short list of things to keep my fingers crossed for this Christmas!
#5 Calibration SoftwareSpyder4Pro. If money is not object get the Spyder4Elite. Be sure to get the one that works with your computer and operating system.
#6 Lightroom 5Lightroom 5 before they go the way of the great white whale. Be sure to look into the "Educator Discount" to see if you may qualify. Lightroom rocked my photography world like no other editing software.
#7 Shoot SacShoot Sac. I know it's on my short list of things I really want! This camera bag is designed to be worn across the chest during a shoot to make extra lenses easily accessible. The design of this bag makes it easy to swap lenses without running back to wherever the photographer last set it down. It's not a replacement for a standard camera bag, but to be worn during shoots.
#8 B&H gift certificate
#9 Gift certificate to rent a lensBorrow Lenses is on online rental company that does just that, and it's a long standing reputable company too. The recipient of this gift picks out what they want to rent and for how long, they ship it to you, and when you're done you ship it back with the pre-paid postage. It's easy and sure to be a fun gift for any photographer!
#10 Secondary Computer Monitorthis 27" one, from Asus. It gets great reviews and has wonderful colors, (but yes you're still gonna want the calibration software mentioned above in #5). I have to say that I have love editing on a big secondary monitor! If you want to go a one that is a bit smaller, they also make this 24" version that's a bit more affordable.
#3, #4 and #7... just in case you were wondering.