Black Friday is just around the corner and here are 10 (ok, it’s now 11 ) awesome gift ideas for that serious photographer in your family. Not just what we want, ok a few we want, but what we need. Not giving anyone any hints, but some of these are on my Amazon Wish list. They are in no particular order, and I invite you to share this list with your friends and add to the bottom your most wanted photo gift for the Christmas season. Who knows, I may add it to the bottom.
1.Lens Strap Holder: This is a must have for me. I’m always misplacing, losing and forgetting where I put my lens caps. Often I find on in a coat pocket, in the glove box of my car, or even under the seat.
3.Bokeh lens: This is kinda a throw back to the film days when photographers would put colored filters and covers on their lenses to get special effects. Just a fun effect to play with when life gets boring HA!
4. White Balance Cap: Oh this sounds so dreamy. Ever been in a setting where the color just doesn’t turn out right. Yellow cast in a room, gymnasiums with that awful yellow wooden floor, or the grey days that make skin tones blue. Just shoot a photo with this cap and automatically set your cameras white balance. Perfect tones.
5. Super Spy Camera Lens: Where do they find this stuff? Perfect for street photography or camera shy people, I wonder who those might be, family members maybe?
6. Remote Shutter: Ideal for those long exposure night shots, a macro image,or even during the day to get the super crisp image. It’s amazing how much camera jitter you can get even during the day with a high shutter speed.
7. Camera Bag Insert: With as many times as I change purses why wouldn’t I want to change camera bags. This insert will fit into any large size pouch purse or fun shopping bag, all while keeping your camera and gear protected. Makes sense to me!
8. Photojojo! The Book- This book is full of DIY (do-it-yourself) photo ideas along with photography tips and tricks. It just looks fun and I always need a book on my wish list.
9. Bounce Flash Adapter: Don’t know about you but I have a love hate relationship with my flash. A fill flash is wonderful, but inside in close range I have a tendency to “flash burn” faces. This looks like it would be the perfect answer.
10. Spyder 2 Express Calibration System: Ever wonder why the prints you get back are not the same color as what you saw on your screen, or what you saw on your friends screen? It’s because monitors go out of calibration and mess with our heads. Extremely important if you’re adjusting skin tones and really need the magenta to be accurate. Lately I designed something that contained burgundy. But when it was printed the color was brown. I liked it still the same, but not what I expected. Hint, hint to any of my family who is thinking of something for Christmas.
11. Luma Loop: Nope, couldn’t hold myself to 10, I have a love/hate relationship with my camera strap. It’s a pain to wear around your neck, but it’s a pain to carry the camera separately. This camera strap is ergonomically friendly and I think I would like it better than what I have now, in fact I might even write a review if I found it under my tree. Shoot I might do that with anything camera I find under the tree.
Now that I’ve gone over my limit, and can see what I consider essential camera gifts for the photographer, what else would you add? I, on purpose, did not add any iPhone accessories, since I don’t own an iPhone, but there are tons of very cool gadgets for iPhones for the casual and serious iPhonetographer. (is that a word?)
I have a 3 Quarter Camera Store on Amazon with all the cool stuff that you may not be able to find in your local “big box store”
- 10 DIY Photo Filters on the Cheap (content.photojojo.com)
- Photographing Christmas Lights (photolisticlife.com)
- White Balance: What’s it all about (pixelogist.me)
- Is a DSLR right for you? (fatwallet.com)
- Getting Creative with White Balance (nikonusa.com)