Photographer’s Christmas list 2010

It’s that time of the year again, and if you are like me even with Christmas about 2 weeks away you still have no idea what to get anyone and haven’t even thought about starting shopping. So if you have a photographer on your wish list (or need a gift or two for yourself) here is our annual holiday gift guide.

So here are 10 great gifts for photographers in no particular order….

1) First off one of the top inexpensive gifts on my list that combines 2 loves I have… Coffee and Canon :)
Actually going to have to sneak one of these into my Christmas stocking this year. This is probably one of the coolest mugs I have ever seen. When it hit the internet earlier this year I knew I had to get one of these. Now you can get them through the photo jojo store, just click on the image to purchase it.

Buy the The Camera Lens Mug at the Photojojo Store!

2) One of my favorite lenses also turns out to be one of my cheapest. The nifty fifty is what I learned photography on back in the Pentax K-1000 days and a fixed 50mm is always a key lens to have in your bag. I love my Canon 50mm 1.4 lens and its a great buy at under $400. Check it out here: Canon 50mm 1.4 and if you have been really, really good this year it brother the Canon 50mm 1.2 is amazing!

3) Books – There are so many great photography books out there to learn about photography and with the cold winters days what better than to bundle up with a good book and let your mind be inspired. If you are just getting into photography Scott Kelby makes some great books “Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, and 3“. For those that love to travel I also recommend Transcending Travel eBook, there are lots of great images in this eBook with easy to understand text.

4) One thing that any digital photographer needs around this time is more storage! Always running out of disk space now is the time to pack your computer full with fresh drives. And with the cost of hard drives always dropping its a great time to beef up your system. Right now you can get a Seagate 1.5 TB 7200 RPM drive for only $79!

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.

6) For the Vintage lomo and holga lovers out there you have so many great options out there with cool, funky cameras. Check out this great
Lomography Diana F+ Medium Format Camera with Flash

7) Another cool little gadget is these adapters for your iPhone camera that allows you to add a Fisheye or Wide Angle lens! It attaches with a little magnet so are easy to put on and take off.

Buy the Fisheye, Macro, and Wide Angle Camera Phone Lenses at the Photojojo Store!

8 ) Pocket Wizard FlexTT5 – One of my top purchases this year. Being able to quickly shoot ETTL off camera is awesome. You can check out my review of these earlier at: Pocketwizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 review

9) Photography is really about the light. Adding light, subtracting light, we are always doing something to modify the light to get that perfect shot. Reflectors always come in handy and I love to use these Soft Gold/White Reversible LiteDisc 41 x 74 by photoflex. They are fairly large so if you have a small group you can still bounce light back into the entire group and I love the warm tone of the gold side.

10) And my pick for the gift of the year…. all about the iPad in 2010. Hands down 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, I absolutely love my iPad!

Apple iPad 16GB WiFi

Do you have something else on your photo list? 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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