The big problem I have when I go Christmas shopping is that I always end up finding great things for myself. So this year, I thought I would share a few of those things, just in case you need to pick up something for the photographer in your life (even if that’s you).
Unlike most netbooks on the scene today, this model has a screen that is an inch larger than most at 11.6″. Another difference between the Acer and the others, this one has 2GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive (the standard for other netbooks is 1GB of RAM and 160GB hard drive). It’s a perfect solution for on-the-go access for web, email, and other simple computing needs.
This class 6 SD memory card will give you the speed and performance to handle even the most demanding of DSLR video cameras. With 20MB of read/write speed, you’re sure to capture every frame, and you’ll get better performance for your RAW captures as well.
Do you ever find yourself in one of those situations where you want to carry more gear and accessories but you really don’t want to carry a bag? Well then, you need one of my favorite accessories, the Domke photo vest. This thing has big, deep pockets to hold lenses, batteries, flashes, filters, and so much more. There’s even a flip-out plastic ID holder for your press-pass.
There are a lot of small photo printers out there on the market but few of them can hold a candle to the Canon Selphy. Not only is it small and portable, it also prints archival 4×6 prints in under a minute, can run on an optional battery, and can print directly from a card or via Bluetooth. It’s no wonder so many event photographers use these for those cash and carry events.
If you prefer your prints a bit larger then I highly recommend that you check out the R2880. I have used a lot of inkjet printers over the years and this is by and large my all-time favorite. It prints up to 13×19 Photos with Epson UltraChrome K3 ink, has an enhanced black and white mode, and best of all, it can print on Epson’s Exhibition Fiber paper for amazing gallery quality prints.
Nothing sucks more than running out of juice on your Mac or iPhone and there’s not a power outlet in sight. Enter the HyperMac battery. My buddy Terry White turned me on to this amazing battery accessory at the last Photoshop World and I was just thoroughly impressed. Not only will it power your Mac up to a dozen hours (your mileage may vary) but it will also keep your iPhone or iPod feeling fine. Make sure you check out Terry’s thorough review at Terry’s Tech Blog.
I haven’t had my LX3 very long but I can tell you that I love it. It has SLR versatility in a point-n-shoot package. With its Leica wide-angle lens, three different different aspect ratios, ability to shoot in RAW, and hi-def video capture, it’s the one camera that never leaves my side.
If Canon is your thing then you might want to check out this high-performance point-n-shoot. The S90 has been getting some pretty rave reviews and it’s no wonder with all the great features including: a high ISO setting of 12,800, Wide-angle 3.8x optical zoom, a bright aperture of f/2.0, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a 3″ LCD, and RAW image capture. All of this in a small pocket-sized camera.
I found these while wandering the IKEA one day and I just love them. They come in a variety of sizes have a classic black wooden frame and PH-neutral mats to treat your photos kindly for years to come. They are perfect for your next gallery showing, gifting your favorite images or decorating your house, you can’t go wrong with the Ribba. Also check out the Ribba picture ledge for a classy way to display your work.
Finally on my list, it’s not one singular item but a whole bunch of great little gadgets and photo-themed gifts from those great folks ovet at Photojojo. With things like the level camera cube, the helmet camera mount, perfect pano rotating tripod tool, mailable photo frames and more, you are sure to find something unique for gifting.
So there you have it, a few ideas for your holiday gift giving. Hopefully you can find something that will please yourself the photographer in your life. Have a great weekend and happy shopping.