Top 10 Gifts for Photographers
"When gifts are given to me through my camera, I accept them graciously."
1. SIMPLE CAMERA:
I believe that everyone is a photographer, whether they know it or not. Mama ClizBiz snaps away all the time in her quiet, shy way so this year she's getting the Canon PowerShot SD850 IS. There are many versions and brands of small digital cameras that are of similar quality but I’m fond of this all-purpose point and click with 8 mega pixels and optical zoom. Also, even for the hobby photographer with many lenses to their name, a small digital camera is mandatory. Sometimes, life is too fast and busy to bring along that fancy SLR and this is a better-than-nothing stand-in. Better to grab the shot with an understudy than to miss it.
This camera is available all over the place: Amazon.com, BestBuy, Circuit City, Dell, Staples and all the usual camera stores. Best price I found was at Willoughby’s for $252.00.
2. FLICKR PRO ACCOUNT:
It’s only $24.95 a year and you get a bunch of extras on your account – the most important being unlimited storage and permanent archiving. They'll love you for it.
3. MEMORY CARDS:
They make great stocking stuffers ‘cause they’re eensy and a shutterbug can never have too many. I recommend sneaking a peak at your giftee's camera make and model, writing it down and taking it in to any camera store or even big electronic stores - BestBuy, CircuityCity - or box stores like Target, WalMart and Costco. You can also search online for great deals but I know when I'm buying things I'm unfamiliar with, I need direct human interaction to calm my purchase insecurities. Price range varies widely, depending on how fancy you want to get: $1.75 - $549.00.
4. FUNKY TRIPODS:
You have to love the ambitious product name of the “Monster Pod, Gravity Defying, Viscoelastic Morphing Polymer Super Grip Tripod.” Just saying it aloud makes me feel primed for some photographic adventure involves chasing spies or running from exploding buildings.
This sweet baby bolts to a camera’s bottom and sticks to "almost any surface" thanks to that magical morphing stuff they mentioned in the title. Slap this sucker on a bedroom wall, office door or ragged cliff and let ‘er rip. Ingenious! You can order this on Amazon for about $25.
Also, consider the QuikPod, an extendable handheld tripod that allows users to take a decent self-portrait without a lot of inner arm footage and weird face angles. It’s compact and perfect for the photographer who hates talking to strangers. The QuikPod sells for about $25 - you can order on Amazon or order directly from QuikPod.
5. GIFT CARDS:
Shutterbugs loves gadgets and gear – filters, lens hoods, camera bags – it goes on and on. Sometimes we don’t realize we need something until we see it, and then we MUST have it. Seriously. A gift card from a respected camera store will be mighty appreciated. Here are some ‘kid in a candy store’ places to consider:
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