This coming Friday we begin the holiday shopping season again. Why risk being trampled upon, waiting in long lines or not finding what you want when you can find everything online these days?
Moreover, the economy has yet to fully recover and most of us are looking to spend less on material things and more on those things that truly count—friends, family, getting some exercise, or reading a great book! For the latter, we have a wonderful suggestion for those budding and established photographers that you love. Or maybe you just want to treat yourself to a little something…
Either way, following is a list of ten great holiday (or birthday) gift suggestions for the photographer you know:
10. Notebook and Pen
Every good photographer knows that whether you’re just starting out or you’re a veteran war photographer, a small notebook and pen are quintessential tools for the trade. Not only will the photographer be able to note what technically does or does not work when taking photos, but just as importantly they’ll be able to jot down all the Ws—where, when, why and who? When their picture wins the “photo of the year” prize everyone is going to want to know these important details.
The perfect size is the kind one can easily fit in their pocket, i.e. 3 in. x 5 in.
Staples.com sells them separately or by the dozen or you can simply stop by your local drugstore or all-in-one convenience store and purchase one:
Ampad Pocket Wirebound Notebook, Narrow Ruled, Top-Open, 5″ X 3″, $2.29
Staples® Little Notebook, College Ruled, 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, $2.99
9. A Photography Starter Kit
What better gift then a small kit of supplies that every photographer needs. Most kits come with the following:
– Bulb-Type Blower Brush
– Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
– Lens Cleaning Solution
– 24 Sheets of Disposable Lens Tissues
Sunpak Camera Starter Kit, $9.99 (this one includes a minitripod!)
8. Tabletop or mini tripod
Here is another must have. Small, compact, and light a mini-tripod is easy to carry and a great tool for any photographer to have at their disposal.
B&H Photography in New York is a one-stop shopping palace favorite for any photographer who lives or visits New York City. They also have a great online store where you can find most, if not all your photography holiday gifts. They have over a dozen mini tripods for under $10 to choose from.
Sunpak Tabletop Tripod with Flexible Legs, $1.95
7. Memory Cards
Most cameras today come with a small memory card. As soon as you begin using it though, you’ll find that it won’t hold enough room for all the photos you’ll want to take. Thus, every photographer needs extra cards. SanDisk, Transcend, and Kingston are all reliable brands that offer 4Gb memory cards for around $10.
Memory Cards at TigerDirect.com
6. Rechargeable Batteries
As the world goes green, Alkaline batteries will soon become a thing of the past. Using the LCD on most cameras quickly uses up battery power, so having a spare set is vital. Just make sure to find out what kind of battery your photographer’s camera uses.
Ye Ol’ Reliable Radio Shack offers practically every kind you’ll need.
Rechargeable Batteries at Radio Shack
5.Compact Camera Case
Although SLRs are the most coveted kind of cameras these days, most professional photographers also carry around a small, compact point-and-shoot camera as well, because they are easy to carry and quite reliable. In fact, more and more people are simply relying on the camera-equipped smartphones (i.e iPhone). In either case, a good camera case can be bought for under $10 and makes an excellent gift.
Literally hundreds of compact camera cases can be found and purchased on Amazon.com for under $10.
Camera Cases on Amazon.com
4.Photography Magazine Subscription
The price of magazine subscriptions has dropped precipitously. For around $10 you can easily purchase a 3-6 issue subscription, and for a few dollars more you can actually get a full year.
Magazines.com offers dozens of photography, art and design magazines to choose from.
Photography magazines at magazines.com
3.The Lens Pen
Something that is invaluable and that usually doesn’t come with the standard cleaning or starter kit is—a lens pen. Your favorite photographer will love it. They are sold for binoculars and cameras and several can be found for under $10 online.
Camera Lens Pens at Google Shopping
2. Hand Warmers
As any photographer will tell you, when it gets cold outside you’re hands tend to freeze because it is rather difficult to manipulate the controls on a camera with gloves on. Thus, a great, unique and rather thoughtful present would be packets of hand warmers. These pouches can be easily carried in one’s pocket and can provide up to 10 hours of warmth. You can find them online under hunting and sports supplies.
Hot Hands 12-pr. Hand Warmers at Target, $9.99
And the #1 holiday gift is….
1. 25 Lessons I’ve Learned About Photography
We’ve saved the best for last. The #1 idea is also a #1 best-selling item on Amazon.com. Why not inspire your favorite photographer with a great and inspirational read about the art of photography?
There are thousands of technical how-to photography books out there and finding the right one as a gift is a daunting task. So why not make it easy on yourself and buy a one-of-a-kind phenomenal photography book, one that will likely inspire the reader over and over for years to come, and is bound to be one of their most cherished gifts ever.
Paul Giguere, guru for the popular podcast thoughts on photography, considers 25 Lessons one of the “classic” essays on photography.
Here are some excerpts of other book reviews that can be found on Amazon.com:
“I absolutely loved this book! The author presents his real life stories about photography and life in 25 fun and engaging ways. His lessons learned on the streets of NYC are inspirational and motivating. As a perennial student of innovation, I found many of his 25 lessons to be metaphors for creative thinking. The author’s candor is refreshing and the book a must for anyone who wants to see photography and life in a fresh new light.”
“Heartfelt and sincere, Lorenzo’s writing literally reaches from the pages to energize your soul. You need not be a photographer to benefit from his enthusiasm for life. This book is a must read for those who find themselves going through the motions without truly enjoying and appreciating the magic of the universe around them.”
“Anyone who has been treated to Lorenzo’s writing knows what a creative shakeup ensues in the reader. 25 Lessons combines Lorenzo’s unique gift for verbal expression with the eye of a lover and ever-discoverer of New York City, arguably the best beat a photographer can cast his eyes upon. Lorenzo’s writing is an invitation to the creator in each of us: poetic and gritty like the city it describes, exotic at times, explosive when warranted, and always original, it titillates the imagination, re-energizes the lost soul, and fuels a desire for emulation. Between the pen and the lens, Lorenzo has paid a great homage to a city which more than any other embodies LIFE in all its vibrant and surprising dimensions.”
Those are just a couple of examples of why 25 Lessons I’ve Learned about Photography…Life!, has been the #1 Bestselling Photo Essay & Artist Biography for most of 2010 on Amazon. It is now available with 25 spectacular New York City street photos, which makes it is the perfect holiday gift for your favorite photographer.
25 Lessons is available on Amazon for iPad, Kindle, iPhone, iPod touch, PC, Mac, Blackberry, & Android devices.
Text only, $2.99
With photos, $3.99
With photos, £2.90
Hard and soft cover versions, starting at $6.99
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