An expert photographer shares his popular annual list of gift ideas to help give you some ideas for the photographer on your holiday shopping list. However, these are not just normal things, but interesting things that will ask, “Wow, where did you find this?” Finding a gift for a photographer can be tricky: where does the non-photographer look? Well, here you go, from the fun to the serious, along with the dark. This will make things easier for you.
1. Canon / Nikon mug shop. Not really a camera accessory, but I think they are fun. Just be careful not to grab the actual lens and pour coffee into it. $ 45 to $ 160 for a game at the Canon Mugs Store, or the guys at Think Geek have one for $ 15.
2. Wacom tablet. They come in different sizes with the Bamboo line for the beginners and the Intous line for the true creatives. Once they start using this to work on their images, the mouse will feel like a disk! Starting at $ 125. Most camera stores have this.
3. Exotic lens. Bigger budget? Buy an exotic lens, super wide angle fisheye, long telephoto or macro lens. Always buy the lens of the same brand of camera.
4. The Eye-Fi. It is not just a memory card, but a wireless transmitter so you can upload your images to your computer or your favorite photo sharing site. You can also make the cards work with smartphones and the iPad. $ 99
5. ThinkTank Airport Camera Case. Designed to aircraft carry-on size standards, this is fantastic. Packs a lot of gear in a great design. I have used it for years. These guys are brilliant, they have a whole line of camera bags. You can buy online or at one of the camera stores listed. 380 dollars.
6. Blowit fan. I own this, it’s cool. Small compact but powerful. It’s fantastic, sorry for the pun. Makes hair and clothes move. $ 100.
7. Joby Gorillapods. They have evolved. They have capsules that can hold SLRs with zoom lenses, up to pocket cameras. Even for iPads and iPhones. Don’t they just look wild? It also comes at a good price, from $ 20 to $ 60.
8. Tripod lens caddies. In the field or in the studio, where do you put your lenses and accessories for quick access? Your DA! Glasses shopping carts. There are many out there. This is a bag that clips onto the tripod legs so your gear is safe and easy to reach. I found the $ 30 FotoSharp Camera Caddy, $ 25 Tripod Caddy, and $ 11 Adorama Tripod Butler. I like the ones with spacers. Be sure to watch the weight they bear.
9. Emerging reflectors. Every photographer can use a reflector. They come in all sizes with silver, gold, and white options. Go for silver or white. Lastolite is a great brand with a wide range of options. Westcott is another. Most camera stores sell this product. They range in price from $ 20 to $ 300 and the large or exotics go for more.
10. The Shootsac. This is a smart idea. It is a lens bag designed to hug your body. Lenses are quick access without the usual bulk of a camera housing. Designed for both men and women. $ 180.
11. Baby lens. This is a wildly creative lens series for any camera; change the focus point with unexpected soft focus points. $ 200 from $ 500 for the kit.
12. Black fast camera strap. It’s like a gunslinger strap, putting the camera on its rear or side for easy access, but out of the way if you don’t need it. They were the first. $ 50 to $ 60.
13. Aquapac waterproof cases. Good for 12 feet underwater, they have cases for just about everything. For all those vacation photographers. $ 140.
14. Ray Flash – Ring flash adapter. Attaches to the camera’s flash head to create those great ring flash fashion images. A light almost without shadows. $ 200.
fifteen. Software to alter images. Ah, in the old days, just look for a lab. Now you have to deal with the digital file. However, there are Photoshop alternatives that are affordable and do a great job. Photoshop Elements and Corel’s PaintShop Pro are the best known, but there are many available for different budgets, ranging from $ 20 to $ 100. I found the TopTen Reviews site that not only lists them with prices, but also rates them.
Bonus ideas for stuffers
1. Memory cards – Get Sandisk or Lexar, get fast transfer speeds. ($ 60 and up)
2. HDMI mini cable – Connect new cameras to the big screen. Ask your camera store which cable will be best for your photographer’s camera. ($ 2)
3. Rechargeable batteries with charger. ($ 10 to $ 35)
4. Lens cleaner – Or the most elegant cloth or Lenspen. ($ 15)
5. Gary Fong Puffer – Pop-up flash diffusion. Most camera stores. Soften the flash of the pop-up flash so there are no harsh shadows. ($ 16 to $ 25)
6. Bokeh kits – These are artistic filters that shape out-of-focus reflections on hearts, stars, happy faces, and more. ($ 25)
This should help you move forward on your Christmas list. It was a lot of fun looking for them. I came across a lot of cool stuff, like an inflatable studio, a smartphone-sized projector, and much more that I’ll share later. For now, happy Christmas shopping!