With the holiday seasons just around the corner, everyone is rushing and scrambling to buy gifts for their friends and family. If you have a photographer giftee, you might be going mad and pulling your hair out trying to find the perfect gift. We don’t want you to do that! Your sanity is important and so is your hair, especially if your family takes Christmas photos.
So, in an effort to relieve your stress, we’ve put together our top ten favorite gifts, all of which are just a few clicks away in our webstore!
That’s a lot of Ps, I know. But this power bank packs a lot of punch! Alliteration for days.
It can recharge an iPhone up to six times, extend an iPad Air battery by up to 10 hours, and DOUBLE that for an iPad mini (20 extra hours)! It has both 5W and 10W outputs in dual USB ports, a neat digital readout, and even a built in LED flashlight! It’s the perfect addition to anyone’s bag, even if it’s not a camera bag!
Sleek yet stylish, the new MOD Luxe camera bag is a wonderful bag for any photographer! Plenty of space and numerous pockets make it the ultimate accessory. A removable cross-body strap with a comfortable shoulder pad allows for superior comfort while making transportation easy. Removable padded dividers let you rearrange the interior to perfectly fit your needs! Available in two stylish colors.
B-Grip has created a genius solution to the neck strain that can be caused by wearing a neck strap attached to a camera. The B-Grip Evo attaches to a belt and allows you to transport your camera hands free, without the swinging and jostling that normal camera straps permit. For extra stability, you can also use your own straps. The quick-release system is compatible with most standard DIN 4503-2 tripod heads.
Inspired by the artistic and scientific balance of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, Giottos VGR tripods offer the kind of proportion and support you would expect from a tripod designed according to the Golden Ratio. Historically, the Golden Ratio has been thought to yield a structure that is considered both aesthetically pleasing and functionally sound, and those same terms would apply perfectly to the Giottos classic line of aluminum and carbon fiber tripods.
This Giottos Tripod boldly goes forth exploring a new frontier that any photographer will cheer–designing a solid professional tripod that folds down to a manageable size. This aluminum support will extend to 6.1′, but its minimum working height is only 11.2″, and it folds down to 16.6″. Although it weighs just 3.3 lbs, it can support up to 8.8 lbs. And if you thought it couldn’t get any more versatile, one of the legs can also become a 62.8″ monopod! The included MH5310-655C ballhead with quick-release has bubble levels and is Arca-compatible.
Why fret over bulky screw in filters that can vignette your wide-angle shots? Cokin has manufactured a new set of screw-in filters designed to be as thin and light as possible. The UV filter is only 3.3 mm thin and weighs in at a mere 10 grams making it almost invisible once fastened to the lens. Available as UV (ultraviolet), CPL (circular polarising), or ND X (variable neutral density) and ranging in size from 37mm to 95mm, Pure Harmonie filters are an indispensable addition to any camera bag.
NUANCES filters redefine what neutrality means when talking about Neutral Density (ND) filters. Made with Schott mineral glass and coated with a newly developed nano-metallic alloy, Nuances filters are dedicated to long exposure outdoor photography or depth of field reduction, especially in filmmaking. The strongest density ND1024 filter allows a 10 f-stops reduction. It quite literally catches the light to create surreal images without color cast.
To celebrate the superiority of this filter, Cokin has made it available in a Limited Edition Kit for Z-PRO Series (L) only. The kit includes the ND1024 filter, Z-PRO (L) filter holder, 4 adapter rings; 67, 72, 77 & 82mm and a soft filter case.
Developed in conjunction with NASA and Carnegie Mellon, the Gigapan Epic series of robotic camera mounts enables users to capture breathtaking high-definition panoramas with just a few clicks of a button. Using technology pioneered by the Mars Rover Program, the GigaPan Epic Series is capable of taking hundreds, even thousands of pictures that can then be easily combined within the Gigapan Stitch Software. The Gigapan Epic model is designed to support point-and-shoot cameras and is a brilliant gift to any photographer, whether amateur or professional.
Splat is a flexible tripod that adjusts to any surface and can hold a variety of cameras in countless positions. Available in three sizes, the Splat has extremely durable legs (80% rubber and 20% stainless steel) that can be contorted and adjusted to hold most cameras, up to 2.6 lbs! After you’re done shooting, you can easily wrap the Splat tripod around your camera to secure it in a tight and protective grip without being too bulky to go right back in your camera bag. Not only is it a super-handy accessory, but it’s pretty darn cute too.
Ztylus has created the perfect solution for anyone trying to decide between protecting their phone and wanting to utilize lens attachments. Not only is the Ztylus case slim and stylish, but the revolving lens attachment is an ingenious creation that is indispensable to any iPhonographer. Even just a regular person that takes a lot of pictures on their phone can appreciate how awesome the Ztylus products are.
The revolving lens has three lenses with four capabilities. A fisheye lens adds a fun twist to any picture. The circular polarizer cuts glare and boosts contrast to create beautiful landscapes. A wide angle lens allows you to capture the whole scene. Last but not least, a 10x macro lens lets you find even the smallest details.
There are also a couple of awesome accessories to go along with the case and lens attachment. A rosewood handgrip gives you more comfort when taking pictures or video with your phone, and an LED ringlight attachment helps to perfectly illuminate your low-light shots.
Speaking as the writer of this blog, I’m here to tell you that if you’re a photographer, you REALLY need Triggertrap in your life.
A few months ago, I purchased a Triggertrap mobile dongle for my Rebel T3i (don’t worry, we sell mobile dongles for over 300 different cameras). As soon as it was in my hands, I began experimenting with this cool little piece of technology. The Triggertrap system allows you to connect your smart device to your camera to act as an intervalometer. I had been doing my research, but I was still blown away by the vast number of applications Triggertrap has.
The app, which you can download for free from the iOS or Android App Store, has twenty (!!!) different modes you can use to trigger your camera. From simple things like shutter release and time lapse triggering, to fancier stuff like utilizing the camera, microphone, accelerometer, and GPS (not all at once) in different triggering modes, this thing does it all and so much more. The possibilities are endless! And it’s so easy, your cat could do it! I would tell you more of the cool things you can do with Triggertrap, but that would take away the surprise when you get one for yourself (or get one for your holiday giftee)!
So there you have it, folks! Our favorite products to make the perfect holiday gift for the photographer in your life. Or, you know, a nice little treat for yourself!
Happy holidays and happy shopping!