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Christmas Gift Ideas and Stocking Stuffers for Photographers

Monday, November 26th, 2012
My Take: I found this article by Mark Laurie from 2011. Most of it still applies for 2012 so I decided to share it with you. I deleted a few suggestions and added some links to help you shop for the items.

A Master Photographer shares his popular annual list of gift ideas to help give you some ideas for the photographer on your holiday shopping list. These aren’t just the normal things, though, but cool stuff that they 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 obscure. This will make it easy for you.

1. Canon/Nikon Mugs store. Not really a camera accessory but I think these are just fun. Just be careful you don’t grab the real lens and pour coffee into it.

2. Wacom tablet. They come in different sizes with the Bamboo line for the starters, and the Intous line for the real creative types. Once they start using this to work on their images, the mouse will feel like a puck! Starts at $125. Most camera stores carry this.

3. Exotic lens. Bigger budget? Buy an exotic lens, super wide angle Fisheye, long telephoto or a macro lens. If you aren’t knowledgable about what you are buying, always buy the same brand lens as the camera.

4. The Eye-Fi. It’s not just a memory card, but a wireless transmitter so you can upload your images to the computer or your favorite photo sharing site. You can also get cards to work with smart phones and the iPad. $99 Click to continue »

Article source: http://ezinearticles.com/6715164

Photography Gift Ideas under $50

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Some of the products listed below are under $50 because they are on sale.

Tiffen 58MM Circular Polarizer Glass Filter

A polarizing filter is mandatory. It darkens skies, makes blue skies bluer, removes glare, and should be in every photographer’s kit. Be sure to get the correct size filter for your lens.

CowboyStudio NPT-04, 4 Channel Wireless Trigger Receiver

This set is designed for photographic studio and on-location work to trigger various flash lights. The transmitter is attached on the hot shoe of the camera while the receiver is plugged into the studio flash. Each receiver works with one studio flash. You can also get an extra receiver and still be under $50. 

Timer Remote Control RS-60E3

If you are interested in taking long exposures or time-lapse photos, you will need an external remote. Make sure that you get the model that will work with your camera. This remote will work with the following cameras:

  • Pentax K100D,K110D, K10D, *ist Ds2, *ist D, *ist Ds, *ist, *istDL, *ist DL2
  • Samsung GX-1L, GX-1S, GX-10
  • Canon EOS 30, 33, 50E, 300, 300V, 3000, 50, 300D (Digital Rebel), 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), 450D (Digital Rebel XSi), 500D, 1000D

If you have a Nikon, try the following link: LCD Digital Timer Remote Control (MC-DC2) for Nikon D Series Digital SLR Cameras (Check Compatibility)

Cowboystudio Backlight Strobe Flash Studio Photography Kit

This inexpensive studio flash requires AC power. It is a slave flash that will fire when your primary flash fires.

Serif PanoramaPlus X4

  • Powerful, easy-to-use digital-photo-stitching software
  • Create stunning panoramas in just 3 easy steps
  • Easily import photos and movie clips to create panoramas
  • Edit and enhance panoramas with simple-to-use correction tools
  • Save and share panoramas to share with family and friends

Eye-Fi Connect X2 4 GB Class 6 SDHC Wireless Card

The Connect X2 is Eye-Fi’s entry level SDHC card. Automatically upload photos and videos to your computer and to your favorite site – they’ll just land there already organized. Choose from 25 websites, including Flickr, Facebook, Picasa and more.

  • 4GB Memory to store up to 2000 photos or 90min or video
  • Upload JPEG photos & videos fast through your home Wi-Fi network thanks to built in 802.11n speed
  • Get email, Facebook, or Twitter alerts when your photos are uploading online
  • Photos and videos can automatically land in date-based folders of your choice on your computer or even directly into iPhoto for Macs

If you want more capacity and features, take a look at my review of the Eye-Fi Pro X2 SDHC card.

2011 Gift Guide

Monday, October 17th, 2011

My Top Picks

Apple iPad 2 MC775LL/A Tablet (64GB, Wifi + AT&T 3G, Black)

If you plan to use the iPad to display your photos, get this model which has 64GB. The 3G network isn’t manditory but I have found myself wishing that I had gotten the 3G version when there isn’t a Wi-Fi network in the vacinity. iPad apps such as NIK Software’s Snapseed and Adobe’s Photoshop Express make this gift a no brainer — display and edit your photos. Who can resist that combination?

Eye-Fi Pro X2 8 GB Class 6 SDHC Wireless Flash Memory Card

The Eye-Fi Pro can wirelessly send your photos to your computer, iPad, iPhone, Picassa, Facebook, Flickr, or YouTube. When combined with an iPad or iPhone, you have got a great combination that works with or without a Wi-Fi network. The Eye-Fi can now create its own network for the iPad or iPhone to join! The new iPad software for the Eye-Fi is much easier to use and can now change the configuration of the Eye-Fi card. This is a welcome addition to the software. Some digital cameras can even communicate with the Eye-Fi card. Other versions of the Eye-Fi card to consider are the Eye-Fi Connect X2 or Eye-Fi Mobil X2.

Epson Stylus R2000 Wide-Format Wireless Inkjet Printer

Pigment inks that last a 100 years, individual ink cartridges, accepts paper up to 13″ wide, and wireless 802.11n support round out the features of this robust printer. The ink is Espon’s Ultrachrome Hi-Gloss pigment ink. The Epson Stylus R2000 can even print on glossy, matte,  fine art paper and canvas. Being able to also print on ink jet printable CD/DVDs is a bonus. It can also load cut-sheet or roll paper in sizes up to 13″ wide.

Photomatix Pro

Photomatix Pro gives you incredible control over the look of an HDR image. You can produce images that range from natural to extreme and everything in between. It comes with many presets that help you to instantly create dramatic results. This software is my first choice when creating HDR images.

Framed Artwork

Of course, you should have guessed that my gift guide would not be complete without mentioning my own photographs. You can order many different sizes to fit your budget. The prints can be framed or mounted on foam core. There are even gallery wraps available.

You can also have your own photographs framed or mounted by going direct to MPix. This is the company I use for printing and framing the artwork ordered through my gallery.

The iPad is a Great Portable Display for Photographs

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The Apple iPad is such a perfect accessory for photographers, some camera bag manufacturers have started to design camera bags with iPod pouches. For instance, the Tamrac Zuma 7 Backpack is designed to hold an iPad or a netbook. I’ve used an iPad on location and teamed with an Eye-Fi Pro SD card it was possible to wirelessly send photos to the iPad to check focus. Seriously cool! Professional photographers could even use it with clients in the studio so that they could view shots immediately.

You may notice that I have targeted the WI-FI version of the iPad for my links. The reason why is that you don’t have to invest in the 3G version to use the iPad with your camera. The WI-FI version works with the Eye-Fi Pro or you could go lo-tech and use the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit. What’s most important is RAM. If you plan on transferring RAW files to the iPad, consider the 64GB version.