If you have a photographer in your family, or if your significant other is a photographer you may be (should be?) looking for gifts that will make your shutterbug happy. Fortunately for you, I’ve made the process easy by coming up with a list of my personal favorites.
I posted my Early Edition Gift Guide here. I promised to add to this list with more gifts for those who like to shop later in the season and this is that list.
Everything on this list is something I either use or have personally tested, and that I can highly recommend. Companies can’t pay to get on this list. I have to like their gear. Period.
(In no particular order…)
Given the number of even serious photographers who do at least SOME video with their smartphone, the Benro is my favorite choice in the slightly more than $100 category for holiday gifts.
It is easy to transport and set up and makes for very professional-looking smooth photos and videos that rival what the folks with much more expensive steady cams use. It has a long battery life and even charges your phone if it supports the Qi wireless standard.
ONSITE D-TAP BATTERY WITH CHARGER Paired With
TETHER TOOKS ONSITE D-TAP CONVERTER
This is a very cool invention and offers portable power just about anywhere, no matter how remote. You can use it to charge laptops, cellphones, camera batteries and more. It is designed to work with the Tether Tools line of products but you can use it as a standalone battery. If you are in places where access to power is limited but you don’t want to risk running out of juice, this is your answer. It isn’t cheap but it sure is cool.
Every photographer needs a place to show off their photos. Flickr is hands-down, the best place online to accomplish that goal. No other service offers so much for so little. There are lots of benefits to Flickr but the primary one that I enjoy is high-res image display. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., heavily compress the photos they show on their screens to save bandwidth. Flickr shows the best quality image of the bunch and it’s not even close. There are other benefits including ad-free browsing of images, unlimited storage, advanced stats and more.
For $50 a year it’s a no-brainer and the one gift I can say every photographer of every skill level, every genre and every interest will enjoy. This is your safety pick.
I am happy to announce I found a memory card I like better than the Sony. The SD Card V90 (64GB) -Up to 250MB/s Write Speed and 300 MB/s Read Speed | for Professional Vloggers, Filmmakers, Photographers & Content Curators by ProGrade Digital is my new card of choice. This is a super fast and durable card. Some people reported issues with the Sony card being too thick. So I kept up my research and found a better alternative. I am switching 100% of my memory cards to the ProGrade Digital brand.
Last but not least, for the discerning photographer who wants to move data from camera to computer safely, and at high speed will love having a ProGrade Digital USB 3.1 Gen 2 Dual-Slot SD Card Reader.
Designed for the fast ingestion of CFast 2.0 and UHS-II SDXC media on systems that support 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2, the Dual-Slot CFast 2.0 & UHS-II SDXC USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Card Reader from ProGrade Digital is equipped with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface and dual card slots – one that supports CFast 2.0 media, and a second that supports UHS-II SDXC media. This card reader delivers transfer speeds of up to 1.25 GB/s when one slot is being used, or speeds of up to 675 MB/s when both slots are being used simultaneously. Power is received through the USB bus, meaning that no external power sources are required, and a magnetic base helps it stay secure within your workspace. Included are a USB Type-C to Type-C cable and a USB Type-C to Type-A cable.
You can find most of this gear at Hunt’s Photo & Video. Picture Methods has partnered with Hunt’s Photo & Video to bring you the best gear at a competitive price and backed by personal service. Call Alan Samiljan at 781-462-2383 or Noah Buchanan at 781.462.2356. If you cannot reach either one try Gary Farber at 207.773.9555. You will ALWAYS get the best prices if you call the store v. Using the web site. Hunt’s has been around a long time and you can trust them. Make sure to mention that Scott Bourne sent you. That will get you the best deal.