Wednesday, 2 December 2015

2015 Christmas Gift Guide

It's that time of year again...in a few short weeks Home Alone will be on the telly, we'll all have gained half a stone, and houses will be littered with shredded wrapping paper...yep, it's nearly Christmas.

Along with the fun and frolics of Christmas comes the not so fun necessity to fight with traffic, find parking, and navigate through hordes of shoppers...thinking about it, it's a little like The Walking Dead. Also, when it comes to gifts for photographers, online is now pretty much your only option, here in the UK anyway, I don't know if things are better elsewhere. With these issues in mind I've knocked up a list of gifts you could get the photographer in your life. They range in price to cover your budget, and/or your relationship with said photographer, from uncle knobhead to the person in your life who touches your fun stuff I've got it covered...that's right folks, a Peter Kay and That 70's Show reference in one sentence.

Anyway, on with the list...all laid out nicely for you in ascending order of price...


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Most people drink some form of hot beverage, be it the normals like tea or coffee, to your more obscure drinks such as Bovril, and as such, people need cups. Available in both travel and 'regular' these cups look the part and are a great cheaper gift option.


Dust, the enemy of many a photographer...a Rocket Air Blower is a cheap and effective way of removing dust, making it a great, low cost gift...did I mention it looks like a rocket?


Novelty T-Shirt (for him / for her) - £9.99
Ermmm, this doesn't really need much explaining...there are many novelty t-shirts around, from clever technical ones to downright silly ones, it all depends on your photographers sense of humour...I'm usually the dafter the better.


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It's always good to try improve yourself, and a good way to achieve this is through learning. From two of YouTube's favourite creators of photography related content, Chelsea Northrup and Tony NorthrupStunning Digital Photography is a great way for your loved one to improve their photography. Unlike most books that are just, well, books, Stunning Digital Photography comes with hours of videos and a community of like minded people.


5 In 1 Reflector - £28.07
Light, she can be an unruly mistress, especially natural light. At times it can be like herding sheep that have ADHD and are hopped up on sugar. One of the vast array of ways photographers can deal with this issue is a reflector, bouncing light where they need it...or reflecting it if you will. A 5 in 1 reflector gives the ability to not only bounce light, but also adjust it's temperature, it also has a removable centre which can be used to diffuse harsh light.

I should point out, the reflector isn't really applicable if the photographer only shoots landscapes!


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If the photographer you are buying for is, like me, a bit of a klutz, the Black Rapid RS-Sport Strap could be of use to them. Attaching to the cameras tripod mount, the RS-Sport is a longer strap than the factory supplied one, this allows the camera to sit comfortably on the wearers hip when not in use. As well as extra comfort, the length and design allows for easier movement of the camera when taking images. Security is another great benefit of the design as it fastens cross body, and has under arm safety tether.


Wacom Tablet - £264.99
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Nowadays there isn't an image sent out into the world without some form of retouching. If your photographer's always rambling about layer masks, chances are they're using Photoshop, and a Wacom Tablet may be good for them. Put simply, it's a glorified laptop track pad that, when used with the supplied pen, gives the ability to make more controlled, spot specific changes in the likes of Photoshop and Lightroom...it's a little like drawing, or painting on your image.


DSLR (Canon / Nikon) - £2000ish
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Now, this gift will vary from person to person, as will the price, the cameras and price above are what's on my wish list, sadly however, Santa's so broke that Rudolph's been repossessed. Most photographers are gear junkies, and will no doubt have a camera (or lens) they crave. Money permitting, surprising them with the gear they've longed for will no doubt blow their mind...only downside, as a non-photographer you'll have to try remember daft model numbers.


There you go folks, a few ideas for you. Obviously the list is only a guide, only you know your budget and the recipient's likes...FYI, I'd love anything off the list, just in case you wondered.


Ian

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