Looking for some great holiday gift ideas for the photographer in your life? I thought sharing some of my photo-lust would be a great way to help you get a fun gift for the amateur photographer in your life.
Looking for a fun gift idea for the inner-child or amateur photographer in someone you know? Well how about “Create Your Own Pinhole Camera” by John Evans.
The book comes with all the materials you will need to make a simple pinhole camera. Along with the materials to build your very own pinhole camera the book also features artists who have utilize homemade pinhole cameras as well a nice overview of photography.
And for a more solidly constructed pinhole camera, how about this plastic Holga wide angle pinhole camera? It is available from Amazon for about $50.00.
And if you already own a DSLR? There is a pinhole camera option for you as well. Checkout the SLR Pinhole Lens from Photojojo, available for $50.00 (Nikon or Canon DSLRs).
And finally, checkout the DIY Pinhole Camera and Sunprint Kit from Photojojo, it is only $25.00.
Bean Bag Camera Support
The OmniPod actually has the ability to connect directly to your camera with the mounting fixture. I do not own one, but it seems that could be both a pro and a con to the bag.
Alternatively the Pocket Pod and other bean bag supports do not have a mounting pin and could be less useful. But with the Pocket Pod specifically, it seems that the design of the bag also helps support the camera.
Prices vary, but you can find these options and others for $25 – $50 on Amazon.
Every photographer needs a place to store their photos. For the photographer with a DSLR that supports SDHC the Eye-Fi cards add a little extra functionality to the memory card and camera.
The added ability with the Eye-Fi card starts with Wi-Fi access to immediately upload your photos to your computer or a network.
But with the addition of geotagging, your photos now have location specific data attached to them as well. This immediately reduces the amount of gear a photographer needs to carry.
The Pro X2 even has the ability to upload from HotSpots like those provided by AT&T.
While you can get an 8GB SDHC memory card from $20 – $50 depending on write speeds and the occasional sale, the Eye-Fi adds so much more functionality it seems like a no-brainer to add to your camera bag.
Looking for a way to get artistic with a new lens for your DSLR?
The Dreamy Diana lens reminds me of the wonderful lo-fi cameras that you traditionally see from the Lomography community.
Is it a very professional lens? No. But it provides low saturation, nice blurs and interesting colors. At this price, it is a new lens for your photography friend at a super low price and brings back some of the fun when taking photos.
Keeping with ultra-creative ways to use your DSLR, the Bokeh Kit from Photojojo adds a filter to create interesting and beautiful effects to your photos.
Yes, you could create these at home with some cardboard and using your craftiness (is that even a word), but this kit will give you over 21 shapes to play with and create some interesting blurred, or bokeh, effects.
While the effect isn’t for everyone, it certainly gives the photographer something creative to experiment with!
For the more serious photographer a tripod head can be used to fix and manipulate the camera to keep it in a locked position. This is very important when you don’t want the camera to drift or stray from a fixed position.
The Manfrotto Joystick Head has been getting a ton of great reviews for it’s quick release handle, light weight and great construction.
I do not own one, but it certainly would be an item I would consider adding to my camera bag moving forward.
iPhone Specific Gifts
For those of you with an iPhone, here are a few photography based gifts just for you!
Looking for a way to get more creative photos from your Apple iPhone? Photojojo has a set of two lenses for you. Their fisheye and wide-angle lenses can be purchased and added to your iPhone, or any camera-phone for that matter, by simply attaching a magnetic ring to your phone.
After attaching the ring you can easily place either lens on the phone that will immediately transform your photos to wide and macro shots.
Pretty nifty at a low price. I can’t speak on the quality, but they are a pretty cost-effective stocking stuffer for the photographer in your life.
Apple just announced that the Hipstamatic app was one of the top iPhone applications of 2010. Once you own the application you can see why. Based on the Kodak Instamatic, the application has led to much more creative iPhone photographs, and uploads.
From the Hipstamatic blog, “Bring people a camera that cost less than the film. Bruce had a Russian plastic camera that our father gave him as a Christmas gift in 1972. The camera had since broke and was no longer being made or sold, at least anywhere he could find it. So Bruce and Winston came up with a plan to recreate something similar. Winston had fallen in love with his Kodak Instamatic and that was the start of the Hipstamatic.”
I love the application and own all the Hipstapacks as well. The Hipstapacks are in-app camera gear for the Hipstamatic and available in the Hipstamart. If you know someone that loves photography, gadgets and owns an iPhone I would highly suggest “gifting” this app through iTunes.
One of the most successful crowdsourced and funded projects I’ve seen. The Glif works exclusively with the iPhone 4, but provides something I have not seen anywhere else – a standard tripod mount for the camera-phone.
“Small, simple, and elegant. That’s what we were going for when we created the Glif. But out of this simple design emerges countless uses. Mount your iPhone 4 to a tripod for taking great pictures or making movies. Prop your iPhone up for hands-free FaceTiming or to watch videos. All of that and more in a compact design that is manufactured in America.”
What’s not to love? And at $20.00 it’s a nice stocking stuffer. The Glif was on my Christmas list, I think it will be very valuable in taking panoramic shots, for shooting video and to take advantage of some of the other camera gear for the iPhone.
That is it! If you have any items that you think I missed, or should be included, please drop me a comment or hit me up on Twitter. I am always look for new gadgets, lenses and other items to add to my photography collection and case.
Happy holidays and good luck with the new gear!