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Christmas 2012 Gift Ideas for Photographers

By Charlotte Lowrie

If you are looking for gifts for the photographers on your shopping list, or if you're looking for some new gear for yourself, here are a few things that I have or would like to buy.

* The Lowepro Pro Roller x200 Camera Bag (Black) is handy for it's size and wheels. This bag fits neatly in the overhead compartment on planes, and it includes a lock and cable system for security. What's more, it has an internal feature that lets you turn the main compartment on-the-fly into a backpack.

* Bolt Cyclone Power Pack for Canon Speedlites. This is the ticket to get fast 1-sec. recycle rates from your Speedlites for up to 400 cycles. And as of this writing, it is on sale at B&H Photo with free shipping.

* The small but seriously cool Sima SL-20LX Ultra Bright Video Light - Black are a great way to add continuous light on the fly. You can mount these small lights on the hotshoe, or use them on a bracket. You can use one, two, or more depending on how much light you want to add to the scene. Buy them individually for less than $25. Great for both still shots and video shooting.

* iPhone Posing Guides are also a good gift. Search the iTunes store, and you'll find a wide variety of posing guides. They vary in price, but The Portrait Photographers Posing Guide comes in at an affordable $5.99. Alternately, you can also buy lighting guides for your mobile devices.

* If you're buying for a macro photographer, then the Cowboystudio Macro Focusing Rail Set with 4 Way, Fine Control and Camera Focusing Rail for Macro Photography is a nice addition for precise focus control.

* Give the gift of learning by giving a book on the photographer's camera. I have a variety of books available on Canon DSLR cameras. Alternately, you can give the gift of a photography course. I highly recommend the BetterPhoto.com courses, including the four courses that I teach.

If you are on a budget, you can try your hand at getting bargains on some nice cameras and gear on QuiBids.com, but I recommend reading the help topics on the site, and going to YouTube to learn how to increase the odds of winning auctions. You can lose a lot of money otherwise. Another option is to buy used gear. I recommend the buy and sell boards on the FredMiranda.com Web site.

These are some of my favorite things for my work, and I hope that they will give you a few ideas for the photographer on your shopping list, or for your work.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  


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