Gift Ideas

Top 5 Accessories For The Photographer In Your Life

1. Manfrotto Pixi

A great all in one portable table-top tripod. Great for those low shots close to the ground. Folds up small, fits in any bag. With a built-in ball-head, this tripod will be a great gift. This little tripod can even act as impromptu selfie stick! A great gift for any photographer!

Today's smart phones have some really great cameras on them.. This stand from Joby lets you have a portable stand that you can take everywhere! Great for shots at dinners, parties, or even time-lapses. This little stand folds up so small and thin you can fit it right in your pocket! The GripTight is also available in a XL version for those of you with jumbo smart phones, such as the iPhone 6s Plus.

Every camera bag should have a rocket blaster. All photographers know that getting their equipment dirty is an inevitability. No matter how hard you tell yourself you're never gonna get dust on your lenses, or dust on your camera mirror...it will inevitably happen. Giottos Rocket Air Blaster is a must requirement for those situations. It's great for cleaning dust off sensors, and lens, safely. I have one in all of my bags!

I own more camera bags than I do cameras! Finding the perfect camera bag is a life long pursuit, but this Think Tank Retrospective is very close to the perfect walk-around day bag for my mirrorless setup.. I love this bag! 

5. Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries

Photographers go thru batteries faster than water!. Electronic flashes eat AA batteries like they are going out of style. These Eneloop batteries save you some serious cash. All rechargeable are not created equal. Eneloops are simply the best rechargeable batteries on the market today. They have a high energy capacity, and they perform better than similar high-capacity AAs. They can only be charged 2100 times. That's a lot of charge cycles. If you charged your batteries twice a week consistently, it would take 20 years to reach 2000 recharge cycles. 

Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries

So there you have it! My top 5 choices for 2015! All are guaranteed winners with photographers. Happy Holidays!

Fun Holiday Gifts For The Photographer In The Family

What photographer wouldn't love a lens coffee cup.. It’s simply a statement about looking cool and letting the world know who we are. What photographer wouldn’t want to walk into his/her office, or studio, gripping one of these awesome looking cups? The lens cups can hold hot or cold liquids. They have models that look like Canon, or Nikon, lenses. 

Today's Digital cameras LCD screens are great for viewing our shots indoors or even in partial shade, but in direct sunlight, the harsh sun rays all but completely wash out our ability to review our work in the field. Meet the photographers newest best friend. The HoodLoupe from Hoodman. The HoodLoupe is worn around your neck just like a normal loupe. When it is time to review your shot; bring the HoodlLoupe up to your image and place your eye up to the eye cup for complete glare free viewing. The HoodLoupe has a +-3 diopter to accommodate those with less than perfect vision. HoodLoupe adjusts focus just like a binocular eye piece... you turn the eye piece in or out to set for your vision. Each Hoodloupe is encased in a user friendly rubber for comfort and protection from bumps that will occur throughout your shoot. Comfortable lanyard and compact protective storage case included. Now for the downside, it's pricey but, in my opinion, it's well worth it.