Ok, as we head into the holidays ,you are making your gift lists for your friends, family, and wellâ€¦maybe yourself.
Câ€™mon now. Everyone probably wants to know what youâ€™d like. And when you donâ€™t get it , youâ€™ll be clear about what to buy for yourself.
Here is our 1st Photographers Holiday Shopping List!
Lets start with some smaller things for the photographer on our list:
Family Of Man
A book that should be in everyone’s library.
– a must!
Woman – A Celebration
Small tip on this one: I’ve found that if you can add a photobooth photo from your personal collection to the front of the book (perhaps scanned first) you have made a very personal gift for someone in your photo.
Looking At Photographs –
Edward Weston – Daybooks
Mag Subscriptions – Photo District News,American Photo, Aperture, B&W
Slightly Silly- Photo-oploy â€“ game using photographs. You may play, you may not but itâ€™s a fun idea. Give it early in the month though. Better when its all set and personalized
IInternational Center of Photography gift items. Great stuff here: note cards, pinhole cameras, T-Shirts, Hats, Mugs, cool viewers. Check it out on line. Large selection all in one place.
Lens cleaning kits
MOVING UP-IN PRICE:
Specific Use tripods â€“
Camera Bags – LOWEPRO- SlingBag 300
Lighting Accessories- LightSphere
Annie Leibowitz – A Photographers Life
Steve McCurry -Looking East
Robert Polidori -After The Flood
Henri Cartier-Bresson : Photographer
Elliot Erwitt- Personal Exposures
And about a bazillion more out there
Photoshop Elements- get them started on the good path with this affordable great software. Mac or Windows.
Cranking up the heat:
Epson PictureMate Deluxe Photo Printer
– just too much fun during the holidays. It used to be polaroids. slip in your media card and everyone can still get a print and an exact copy.
There is a new printer out so this older one is getting blown out in price. Great deals. Saw it flying out of CompUSA on Black Friday for $75!!
Yes, tons more and lots of good ones. Depends on your budget and needs.
I use a couple depending on the situation. Fuji,Olympus,Pentax, Panasonic, Sony ALL have great products out there.
Now we get into the bigger ticket items:
High Quality-low cost DSLR- Nikon D40- hands down. Coming in December.
Extra lenses â€“ check their camera bag and see what they are missing. Usually a long lens or a wide angle will do the trick.
Couple that with a Lightsphere from above and Iâ€™d say that was cool package.
And here we go further up the cost ladder;
Adobe Photoshop CS2- yes itâ€™s going to CS3 for the new Intel macs in the spring but might as well get started now.
[photopress:62_product_image_2056843488.jpg,full,centered] While you are at it, make sure you get some DVDâ€™s from Software-Cinema, the absolute best teaching DVDs out there.
And if you are in this categoryâ€¦ I would like to recommend one of my favorite things to give , and one of the hardest:
An original photographic print.
Is there an image that you know would speak to you recipient, or express how you feel ?
Or perhaps you would like to introduce them into the world of collecting.
Hereâ€™s one way to do it: Think of the images you know. Perhaps youâ€™ve seen in a book or in a gallery.
Check out our RESOURCE page for some galleries
Meet with your local gallery dealers that you trust, and see if they have access to the image.
See the image if you can and try to imagine the personâ€™s face receiving it.
If you smile, then it may be the right piece. If possible see if you can have an exchange policy attached to the sale.
This is where we are at right now. As we peruse the shops and internet and see something cool, weâ€™ll let you know pronto.
I think anything on this list would make a photographer happy.
If you know what you want order it online. But if youâ€™re not sure, visit your local “bricks and mortar” store.
The service I have received for my local store (Samyâ€™s) has been outstanding.
When you deal with a knowledgeable friendly staff, you come away with a solid purchase.
And easy returns if needed.
These guys just educated me on a new item that ended up saving me money and I left with a better, more suitable product.
We’ll also give you some other sites gift list ideas. You never know what you may find.
If you didn’t find what you were looking for. let us know.
More to come.