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Want to spoil a photographer for Christmas? The first answer is always a new camera. Oh, yes!
The second answer is always a new lens. Definitely.
Please excuse me a minute while I wipe the drool off my chin. Hey, a girl can dream!
Ok, ok, you are here for a list…let’s get started:
They can range in price from around $40 up to $400+. You need to be sure you purchase one that can hold the weight of your camera and lens. In addition, I recommend one that you can make multiple adjustments to the height of the legs, articulate the head so that it will rotate in all directions, side to side and up and down. I know you will be tempted to go cheap but one gust of wind could knock it over…just trust me. We own the Induro Adventure AKP-Series 470-041 Tripod Kit with Panhead
I love my Black Rapid Camera Strap. The models have changed a bit since I purchased mine, but you can get one that is curved for women. I love it because it is a cross body strap that secures into the tripod mount. I see the new models also have a lock on the quick release clip for extra protection. Check out the dual sling for two camera shooting photographers. (I’ve always thought the leather ones from Holdfast Gear were super sexy as well.) And for when you’re not using your black rapid, get them a DSLR wrist grip for added support.
This little tool helps you set white balance in camera which can significantly reduce editing time. You’ll need to get a size big enough to cover the literally widest lens in your bag. Look at the number on the inside of your lens cap and get at least that size.
A 5-in-1 reflector can be a photographer’s best friend. Reflectors are used to “bounce” or re-direct light (white, silver, and gold) on to a subject. They can also be used to diffuse (scrim) or block light (black). I recommend a round one that is collapsible and can be handled by one person.
Wireless Shutter Release:
This option is dependent on your camera so this link is to the options for wireless remotes. This allows you to click the shutter button with a remote control. Handy for self-portraits, shooting lightning or anything when the camera is on a tripod. Newer cameras can be triggered with apps on your phone these days so before you invest in a remote control…read your manual.
Did you know it is frowned upon to use that pop-up flash that comes on the camera? What do you use instead, you ask? A speed light. I use the SB-700 for my Nikon and a Yongnuo Flash for my Panasonic camera. At very minimum, I recommend a speed light that can articulate in all directions. It’s really nice if it can be wirelessly triggered when it is off of your camera, which may or may not be a built in function for your camera.
Fast and big memory cards are uber affordable these days. I recommend at least 40mb/s but the faster the better. Do you need the fastest? Probably not. Unless you are shooting video or rapid firing 40 frames per second. If that’s you…you are probably not reading this post. I just purchased 60mb/s SanDisk Extreme but just noticed there is a SanDisk Extreme Pro 95mb/s 64GB Card for $42.95!!
This may be a little unexpected for this list, but the better the camera you have and as your skills improve with editing and manipulating digital images, the better your computer system runs the less time will be spent at the computer. I’m a PC user and I recently upgraded to a solid state drive. I am really interested in doing more video and now that I’m a stay at home Mom, any bit of time that I can save is valuable. We upgraded to the Crucial MX200 SSD 1TB Solid State Drive.
I have an OlloClip for my old iPhone4. It includes a fisheye, macro, and wide angle lens. I love the macro lens. They even have other attachable lenses such as a zoom that attach with either a magnet or clip. Just search for your model of phone.
The best gift you could give is a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud for Photographers $9.99/month. You have access to the full version of Photoshop and Lightroom for only $9.99 per month. I couldn’t live without it. I love that you always have the updated version and the best tools available.
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