PART 2: A holiday gift guide of creative ideas in 2010 that are sure to please the beginner photographers.
Joby Gorillapod Flexible Tripod with Ball Head ($55)
This is the most portable tripod ever created and perfect for the active, high paced photographer. This little monster will cling, grip, or wrap itself to almost anything, anywhere! It provides strong stabilization, yet is small enough to fit in almost any bag.
Kata E Camera Strap ($17)
Any photographer knows the easiest way to spot a “newbie” is by the manufacturer strap they are sporting. The strap that came with the camera was designed for a 4’ tall hunchback who likes hosting free advertising around his neck. Its also made of slipperiest material ensuring the camera will find the quickest, most efficient route to the ground. Save the photographer, save the camera, and save the strain on their neck and back…buy them a real strap. The Kata E Camera Strap is so affordable, yet solves so many problems that the photographer will thank you for years to come!
This is a photographer’s “go-to” light modifier for almost any situation. Made of Translucent, White, Black, Silver, and Gold materials, its design yields many creative solutions to almost any lighting challenge. It is ideal for any photographer who enjoys taking portraits.
50 mm 1.8 Prime Lens ($90-$109)
This is one of the best lenses you can buy at this price point. It seems is a low cost item, but that is only because it has fewer high quality glass elements. This it a great lens for capturing the indoor family moments and overcoming challenges of many low light situations.
iPad Camera Connection Kit ($29)
This one is for the Apple buffs out there! Use your iPad as, not only an instant way to share and view photos you have just taken, but also as a portable backup device. This is the answer to one of the iPad’s short sights and wonderful way to let the camera tap into the beauty of iPad’s interactive display capability.
Brando Lighting Kit ($88)
The coolness factor and versatility of this light modification kit is indescribable! Used by many professionals, this is a complete and innovative arsenal of creative lighting power. It is a great way to begin to explore light and almost all the solutions a portrait photographer would ever need.