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. $45 to $160 for a set at the Canon Mugs Store, or the Think Geek guys have one for $15.
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. Always buy the same brand lens of 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
5. ThinkTank Airport camera case. Designed for aircraft carry-on size standards, this is fantastic. Packs lots 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 listed camera stores. $380.
6. Blowit Fan. I own this, it’s great. Small compact yet powerful. It’s fan-tastic, sorry for the pun. Gets hair and garments whipping around. $100.
7. Joby Gorillapods. They have evolved. They have pods that will hold SLRs with zoom lenses, down to pocket cameras. Even ones for iPads and iPhones. Don’t they just look wild? Priced well, too, from $20 to $60.
8. Tripod Lens Caddies. Out in the field or in the studio, where do you put your lenses and accessories for quick access? Ta DA! Lens caddies. There are lots out there. This is a bag that straps onto the tripod legs so your gear is both safe and easy to get to. I found the FotoSharp Camera Caddy $30, the Tripod Caddy $25, and Adorama’s Tripod Butler $11. I like the ones with dividers. Be sure to watch the weight they hold.
9. Pop up reflectors. Every photographer can use a reflector. They come in…