Here it is, the 3rd Annual 20 Photography Gifts Under $100. Now I realize there are a lot of other great gift guides out there (like Kelby’s 5th Annual Holiday Gear Guide) – but they’re just now hitting the airwaves – so check back in a week or two and I’ll try to get a list out to ya’ll.
So – in no particular order – let’s get started:
- Not every photographer wears ball caps – and on sunny days it’s important to have something shading the ears and neck – which takes us to those brimmed hats. Now – I had one of these Proppers given to me while I was shooting a gig this last summer (thanks, Kevin!) – and I found it to be a great hat (so much that if I lost mine – I’d replace it). It’s lightweight, durable, and crushable – and pretty much nothing else comes in at this price.
- Ball caps from The Clink Room. These guys are great! They’ve been growing over the last year – and have posted some very cool designs.
- OK – this one is over $100 – but it’s a Think Tank bag… the Retrospective 10. It rocks. You can read my review here. And while you’re over there – check out Think Tank’s Pixel Pocket Rocket to help tidy up all of those memory cards.
- Kelby’s Photo Recipes Live. Bottom line – lighting befuddles me –even though I’ve read about the photon vs. wave stuff. But – Kelby’s book helps me unbefuddle the whole thing about people + photons (which is not taught in most physics courses).
- E-books from Craft & Vision. Just an idea – you could purchase all of these for your sweetie… and then load them on to a jump drive… or CD … or a brand new tablet (insert favorite platform here). Of course, that last idea doesn’t officially land on this list – it’s WAY OVER $100.
- Citizen Eco-Drive watch. There are a lot of great watches out there and this one is cool for two reasons. One – it’s solar powered. Second – the face is less than 40mm – so it doesn’t look gargantuan on my middlin’-small wrist.
- In the 1st Annual list – I added the Gorillapod – here on the 3rd list – it’s Joby’s Ballhead X. It holds up to 11 lbs – and it’s rock solid. You can read my review here.
- P-filters for your favorite landscape photographer! You can get the holder (here’s the Cokin 77mm) – and two Hitech filters (such as the graduated neutral density 0.6 and 0.9 – soft edge) for less than a bill. It’s a heck of a deal – and with a little practice – could help with his/her landscape images. Just make sure to match the the filter holder’s ring size to their favorite landscape lens.
- If your photographer uses Lightroom – consider duChemin’s new book Voice & Vision: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. It’s a great opportunity to look over the shoulder of a great photographer and teacher.
- What cool things do the folks over at Photojojo have that you could throw into a stocking? Well – consider the SLR pinhole lens. Very cool, very retro.
- Also over at Photojojo – the camera lens mug! In Canon or Nikon.
- When your favorite photographer is traveling – and the MP3 player is rockin’ the tunes – let ‘em listen comfortably with the compact classic Koss PortaPro’s. I’ve been sporting a pair of these for something close to a decade.
- 10 stop filter. And this one is pretty reasonably priced (here’s another one that should be matched to his/her favorite landscape lens).
- Another one just over the $100 line – but if your photographer has a Lensbaby – and doesn’t yet have a fisheye lens – consider the LB Fisheye Optic! It’s small, lightweight, and a heck of a lot of fun.
- You know, those folks at Blackrapid just keep working. The RS4 has been pretty hard at work on my camera for about 18 months. Now they have the RS-5, RS-7, and RS-W1 (just for women). I can’t say enough good things about Blackrapid straps.
- Reverse mount rings for macro photograph. There simply is not a lower cost method to get started in macro photography. Two styles to choose from: reverse your favorite lens directly to your camera – or try stacking two lenses together (I have one that joins my 50mm to the 85mm lens).
- Instant images – for less than $100 with the Fujifilm INSTAX 210 (and don’t forget the film – here’s a double pack).
- This could become a backpacking essential – the Lowepro Toploader Zoom 50 AW + chest harness. This will fit a 50D + 17-55mm f/2.8. There are plenty of bigger sizes available if your photog carries larger glass into the backcountry.
- Another one a bit more than a $100 (OK – it’s $250) – but if you’re photographer is shooting one of those ultra hip micro 4/3 cameras – and has wanted to try tilt photography – the new Lensbaby Tilt Transformer is pretty cool – and pretty inexpensive when compared to a Canon TS lens. And if you don’t have Nikon glass around to attach to it – consider this nifty-fifty.
- Here’s a gift that just keeps on giving – Kelby Training right on your computer. Top notch instructors include McNally, Kloskowski, Cross, Concepcion, and White – and it’s only $24.95 a month.
- 5-in-1 40” reflector. At some point – we all need some fill light.
- And what would a photographer’s gift list be without a Gary Fong light shaper on it? Check out the Lightsphere.
And, if the photographer on your list has all of this – or will have none of it – just get ‘em juggling clubs!
(On a side note – for that “little something extra gift” for just about anybody on your list – the 2011 Hot Air Balloon calendar is on sale for only $15 over on MagCloud. The cool part? 70% of the proceeds are going to Show Mercy International.)