Need to buy a gift for a budding photographer this season? Most photographers would have new bodies and lenses on their wish list, which is to much for someone to spend on their 2nd cousin. Here’s some affordable gifts, that some photographers may not even know they should have.
For photographers that love going out in the winter time (if you actually experience a winter where you are) these are a must have for anyone. Wool shell with thinsulate inner-lining makes these glove extra warm. The flaps on the index finger and thumb allow for easy control of all your dials, and the palm dots ensure extra secure grip when handling your camera.
Light Paint Can – $39.95
This may be one of the most fun products for photographers who love light painting. The Light Paint Can is a super-bright LED light housed in a spray paint can, that will light up your long exposure shots, allowing you to create whatever you can imagine in your photos.
GorillaPod SLR-Zoom – $49.95
Travelling with a full size tripod can be very trying these days, but not with this bad boy! Designed specifically for SLR cameras, it’s strong enough to support a whopping 6.6 lbs, yet light enough for your camera bag. If you’re new to the Gorillapod systems, they all have bendable, flexible legs, allowing you to wrap them around almost any surface, securely. Surely an item most photographers don’t ever think of, but can be very useful.
Cullmann Magnesit 550 60″ Monopod – $52.95
Handy for both photographers and HDSLR video shooters, the Cullman Magnesit 550 has been getting rave reviews for its max height (60 inches), its load capacity (almost 19 pounds), it’s weight ( less then 1.5 pounds) and the fact that it’s only about $60 from most sites.
The Black Rapid RS-5 Cargo Strap – 69.95
Believe me when I say that most, if not all straps that come with cameras suck! They put so much strain on your neck. Black rapid puts an end to this with their well designed straps. The padded straps are designed to to go over your shoulder like a messenger bag, leaving your neck free. I clamp at the bottom prevents your camera from getting behind you. The RS-5 has the bonus of pockets that will hold your smart phone and memory cards. Last thing you want to do is go digging through your bag for memory cards.
Olloclip for the iPhone 4 – $69.99
Did you know that the iPhone is the most used camera on the planet? With over 20 million phones sold, this camera is King, whether I like it or not. The Olloclip takes “IPhoneography” one step further then the standard lense. WIth 3 lens attachments all rolled into one,, your IPhone can take on much more creative endeavors with it’s wide-angle, fisheye and macro capabilities.
The Pico Flex Dolly Kit – $99.99
This one is for the HDSLR shooters. Want to add a little wow factor to your videos? This is a great way to start. The Pico Flex is a small tabletop dolly which will allow you to get more creative with your table top shots. Place it on a long flat surface, and you can do amazing low angle track shots that won’t require a $1000+ on gear.
Canon TC80N3 Timer Remote Control – $135.99
Anyone who’s into time-lapse or long shutter photography probably already owns one of these. They are the perfect accessory (along with a tripod) for creating some breathtaking photos. This timer remote allows you to set a self-timer, interval timer, long-exposure timer, and exposure-count settings. The timer can be set anywhere from 1 sec. to 99 hrs., 59 min., 59 sec. You might not know what that means, but the person you’re buying for will.