A Few of My Favorite Things… Holiday Gift Ideas

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).

♦  Acer Aspire AS1410-8414 11.6-Inch Netbook


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.

SanDisk 8GB Extreme III SDHC Card


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.

Domke PhoTOGS Vest


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.

Canon Selphy CP780 Compact Photo Printer


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.

Epson R2880 Large Format Photo Printer


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.

HyperMac External Battery for Apple MacBook


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.

Panasonic DMC-LX3K Digital Camera


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.

Canon PowerShot S90IS


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.

IKEA Ribba Photo Frames


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.

Photojojo Gifts and Gear


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.


  1. Agree on the Ribba frames. Found them myself a few months ago, and have like seven frames next to me waiting to be filled.

  2. Jeff, a question for you re the netbook. I just picked up one to use in the field instead of one of the Epson P6000 types of devices – I figured I could import directly into lightroom and while I was at it I could rank the pics at night in the hotel so when I get back I would have the initial sorting and ranking complete. Then I woulld finish up the rest of the workflow on the big powerful system when I got home – great idea and it works – mostly.

    When I use the import from device in LR2 it is a fixed page size – no sliders – so I am able to import but not see the last several lines – (below the keywork entry). Any thoughts/ideas on how to get fuller functionality on this.

    So I am happy and it is doing everything I bought it to do but it would be sweet if I knew how to make those fixed size windows work.

  3. Iskandar Azaman says:

    Another vote for the Selphy. It’s a good little printer. It’s great for home use when you want just a couple of photos to give people and maybe to just stick on the fridge. The quality actually surprised me. Sometimes better than lab prints. And cartridges are easy install.

  4. Yep, I can certainly recommend the Ribba frames too. I just got 12 of them for my gallery corridor. The shelf is too wide for that space so I am looking at solutions to hanging them, may just have to go with simple picture hooks.

  5. Massimiliano Adamo says:

    How can you write/read 20 MB/sec with class 6 card? “Class 6” means 6 MB/sec. Cheaters 🙂


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