Having trouble finding a gift for the photographer on your list? It can be difficult since not all accessories work with all cameras, and it is difficult to know what they have and what they could use. The following are a selection of consumable or semi-consumable items, or the you can never have too many kind, that are useful even if the recipient already has one.
Links are affiliate links (I get a percentage back if you buy through them), but these are all products that I buy and use.
- Sensor Gel Stick* (~$60) – This one and the next are specific to DSLRs or interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras. Digital camera sensors get dirty over time, and there are several specialized tools to clean them. The gel stick is a block of adhesive gel on a plastic handle that makes it easy to pick up dust from the sensor. Although cleaning the sensor can be scary if you are not used to it, it can be done by anyone, and most cameras include a function to lock the shutter and the mirror up.
- Sensor Swab Kit ($15-$20) – When the Gel Stick isn’t enough, sometimes you need to use a swab and cleaning fluid. These kits contain both. You will need to know if they need full frame* or crop sensor* sized swabs.
- Lens tissues* (<$10) – While microfiber cloths are the most common these days, some people still prefer disposable tissues, since there is less likelihood that they could pick up bits of grit that could damage a lens. Previously I have used microfiber cloths, but am planning to switch for that reason.
- Think Tank Cable Management* bags ($15-$30) – Don’t let the name fool you, these are very handy for organizing anything, not just cables, in your camera bag or luggage. With a clear side, it is easy to see what is in them if you have a few. There are several sizes, the 10 or 20 is probably a good starter.
- Training (various) – training is one of the most valuable things you can get a photographer. A KelbyOne membership (use this link* for a $20 discount on a one year membership) or courses from CreativeLive* can take a photographer’s work to the next level. I use training from both, and they are both great. Pricing is on two different models, CreativeLive is an outright purchase, you buy a class and it is yours to keep. KelbyOne is a subscription service, you get access to all the classes for as long as you are subscribed.
Have you given any great photography related gifts? Please share below in the comments.
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As much as I like a tripod to be small and easily portable, sometimes you want a more stable tripod, especially for things like panoramas, shooting at night, and long exposure photography.
I recently picked up a 3 Legged Thing Winston (product links are Amazon affiliate), their largest tripod. I picked the 3 Legged Thing for a few reasons, I have one of their Punks Travis tripods, and like it. I use the monopod leg often enough that it is a definite added value. The head also comes with a pano clamp on the QR part of the head, so it can be leveled independent of the tripod, critical for panoramas on uneven terrain. Continue reading “3 Legged Thing Winston Review”
Episode 8 of Four Edit Friday, a church at sunset
This is the photograph I used in the “Why I Shoot RAW” post, and includes several treatments, including using selective warming, silhouetted skyline, and massive shadow recovery. Continue reading “Four Edit Friday 8, Churchyard Sunset”
Episode 7 of Four Edit Friday, a blacksmith at Old World Wisconsin.
Old World Wisconsin is a historical reenactment site, that features old houses and buildings from around Wisconsin, and hundreds of volunteers (and some employees.)
This image worked well black and white edits, so it is the rare 3 B&W edits. Continue reading “Four Edit Friday 7 – Blacksmith”
Want to waste less money, time, and effort in your outdoor shooting? Going places that don’t have the right views, wrong light, or the wrong angle of the light and you can wind up with sub-par shots, or missing them entirely. With this post, I will show you how to use some websites and apps to better plan location shoots, so you can better use your time and resources. Let’s take a look at the tools I used to plan this shot weeks before I actually took it. Continue reading “Digital Scouting”
As part of my ongoing series of Capture One editing videos, here is one of an edit of a barn at sunrise shot. Continue reading “Editing a Sunrise Shot”
In this episode, we work on a picture I took at Cave Point County Park, in Door County, WI. As usual, the edits are done in Capture One Pro 10. Continue reading “Four Edit Friday 5 – Boat Light”
In this episode, we work on a picture I took at Cave Point County Park, in Door County, WI. As usual, the edits are done in Capture One Pro 10.
The initial edit is a standard edit
The second edit has exaggerated color and clarity.
Black and white. This is a higher contrast edit, which I prefer for this image.
Selective reduced clarity for a soft focus effect. The picture takes on a more dreamy quality with the softer focus and muted colors.
Which do you prefer? I think on this one I like the second photo. I would probably not use the soft focus effect much, but it is something interesting to play with.
Which do you prefer, or what would you have done differently? Please leave a comment below.