2011 Photographers Holiday Gift Guide

This is our 3rd annual Photographers Christmas gift guide. With Christmas coming in just a few weeks I am sure many of you have your shopping still left to do. What do you get the photographer who already has everything? Here is my top 10 photography related gifts this year:

1) First if you haven’t checked out the Photojojo store before, this site is awesome. All kinds of photo knick knacks and perfect things for stocking stuffers for any photographer. The first item on my list is a great way to get some cool experience shooting with a twin lens reflex camera. Its a plastic twin lens camera that you have to build yourself but only $20 so a great bargin. There is really nothing like looking down at your image vs holding the camera up to your eye, it gives you a different perspective and something I think all photographers should check out.

Buy the The DIY Twin Lens Camera Kit at the Photojojo Store!

2) The only bummer about the item above is it shoots 35mm film. Nothing bad about that on it’s own but I do love shooting with medium format. That is where the classic Holga 120N Plastic Camera camera comes into play. This is one of my favorite toy cameras, it takes 120 film and give you some really cool results. If you want some great inspiration of holga images check this out: Awesome Holga Images to Inspire.

3) Pixelmator – If you don’t have Photoshop you need some type of program to really start to get artistic with your work. Lightroom works awesome for color correction and basic edits but for really artistic edits and manipulations you need something like Photoshop. With the high cost of photoshop I knows its hard if you are just trying to learn more about Photography to justify the cost. Well along comes Pixelmator my No brainer pick of the year. I just started using this a few months ago and have been very impressed. Since I have used Photoshop for so many years it has taken me a little while to get the hang of it but it does have a very similar layout and feel compared to Photoshop. It is Mac only (sorry PC folks). The 2.0 version of Pixelmator also includes full Lion support which gives you some great features like Full Screen, Auto Save, and Versions. You can get the application now in the Mac store for the intro price of $29.99 by clicking the link below.

Pixelmator - Pixelmator Team

4) If you really love the vintage look of lomography there are lots of good options out there that are all really inexpensive. Check out this cool
Lomography Diana F+ Medium Format Camera with Flash

5) For the strobist in you a Photoflex LiteDome xs Kit is the perfect way to soften your flash with a real sized softbox. These are a great way to soften the light from your speedlights to create some beautiful portrait light. These really help you get the most out of your speed lights and are great for on the go portrait work.

6) If you want to really trick out your MacBook Pro and show everyone how much of a photo geek you are check out this cool photo decal for your laptop.
You can pick one up for $18 on her Etsy store here. Canon dial laptop decal.

7) X-Rite Color Checker Passport. Getting the right white balance is so key to great images. With a white balance target you can do many things like, Ensure your files are captured with the correct white point, eliminate the chance of any extreme white balance errors and save time on post production! You can get this on Amazon for under $100 by clicking the photo below.

8 ) Black Rapid RS-7 Strap. If you shoot weddings, events or sports you need to work really quick. The Black rapid straps allow you to wear your camera on a sling and then easily side it up to eye level to capture the shot. You can get these for just a little under $60 here:

Black Rapid Camera straps

9) Books! There are so many good books out there for photographers right now. I am working on a list of my top books of 2011 since there are so many of them, so stay tuned for more info soon. In the meantime though if you are new to photography Digital Photography School has a few great books out there. Photo Nuts and Bolts is a awesome starting book that I recommend.

10) A list of holiday gifts wouldn’t be complete without the iPad2. Still one of my favorite tech product of the year. So many things you can do with an iPad for your photography business from having it as a mobile portfolio to just a good organizational tool. Check out my review of the iPad 2 for photographers.

Whats on your Christmas list this year? Let me know in the comments below:

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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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