Saturday, November 20, 2010
My First Annual, Holiday Gift Guide 2010
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Its that time of year again! Time to break out the credit cards to do a little shopping for those you love (and for some, those that you can moderately tolerate) :)
There are several photographers' blogs I follow who do a gift guide for photographers every year but the one thing I've noticed is that, most of the gifts they suggest are often a little pricey. So, for those on a somewhat tighter budget, I thought it would be a neat idea to do a holiday gift guide for photographers with gift recommendations that are a little more inexpensive. Many of these I own and use, and some of these are items I'd like to have, hint hint.
Hopefully this list will give you some ideas on what to get your photographer loved ones for the holidays this year! In no particular order, here we go...
Lumiquest SBIII mini softbox. I absolutely love this small, collapsible soft box and it is always in my camera bag.
Honl Traveller8. It folds up nicely in any camera bag, has an 8" diameter face, is easy to use and only uses about 1 stop of light. It makes a great key light when used in close or an awesome hairlight/kicker light!
Honl website, or at any of your favorite photo gear supply stores!
Strobist Gel Collection. It has all the necessary gels for tungsten and flourescent light conversions plus, plenty of dramatic colors to creates cool highlights and backgrounds. This kit also comes with the Lumiquest gel holder!!
Black Rapid RS-7. This strap slings over your body instead of around your neck and gives you super, easy and quick access to your camera. Do your poor, aching body a favor and check one of these out!
Westcott Double-Fold 43" Shoot Thru Umbrella. It creates beautiful, soft light, folds down compactly to fit in any camera bag, and also comes with a black backing so it can be used as a bounce umbrella too.
Hoodman Loupe! Just carry one of these around your neck and pop it over your LCD to see crisp, clear images. Anyone I know who has one of these absolutely loves them!
Manfrotto 5001b Nano Light Stand. It will easily hold your flash and any of your favorite modifiers, plus it folds down to a very portable size.
gaffer's tape. You can literally do anything with this tape and its been a standard in the film industry for years. You can tape flashes to wall, tape down backgrounds, use it to tape modifiers to your lights and the greatest thing about it is, NO sticky residue left behind! I have a roll of this in every camera bag ...and they're cheap!
Stofen Omnibounce. They make these for just about every model flash. This little modifier is cool device for emulating "bare-bulb" type flash. There are much more expensive mods out there that are similar, but these do the same job, and are much cheaper.
Manfrotto Justin Clamp. This is a spring clip with a mini ballhead attached that will allow you to stick your flash to any surface that can be clamped on. I'm hoping Santa Claus will bring me one or two of these! :)
What The Duck plush toy. Its guaranteed to put a smile on their face. You can get these on the What The Duck website, along with a chuckle or two.
Westcott 5-in-1 Reflector. It has 5 different reflector colors to use and is top quality!
HERE and the Canon mugs HERE. Your photographer friend or family member will love these
EDIT: You can now get both of these at Photojojo!
PowerEx 2700mAh NiMH batteries. These will last forever! Pick up a couple of packs because you can never have to many batteries!
PowerEx 8-Cell Charger. Not only does it recharge your batteries, but it also reconditions them so they will last longer and you can use the 1-hour charge or longer charge for optimal battery life.
"Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera". Even seasoned pros will pick up a few pointers in this updated classic!
"Light, Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting". This book simply covers EVERYTHING about lighting and will help any photographer progress to the next stage in lighting.
So there you have it, my first annual holiday gift guide, and every single gift is under $100 U.S.!!! I hope you find this list useful for your holiday shopping needs and please take note to the items I specified that I wanted.
I've been very, very good this year! :)