Gift Guide for the Photographer in your Life

Earlier in the year when I was teaching the photography classes I included a list of items that I love and I thought why not make a gift guide for the photographer in your life so here you go.  If you have questions let me know – feel free to share on your social channels so that those you love can nail it when it comes to gift giving this year.  And if you’d like me to send them an email with these details I’d be happy to!

The Flash Deflector

Professor Kobre’s Lightscoop Standard Version Bounce Flash Device – Universal Model about $30
This piece of equipment will make your on camera flash more livable when you must use it.  No one likes the red eye look of flash and this guy snaps on the top of your flash and deflects the light up to the ceiling where the white ceiling reflects a cleaner wash of light over your subjects.



The Camera Strap

Black Rapid RS-7 Camera Strap (Black) about $60
I love this camera strap so much – it’s not cute or pretty but it makes up for it in being functional and for the price I know you really want functional.  It screws into the base of your camera and allows you to wear it across your body or just on one shoulder.  The across the body wear allows you to pull your camera up from your side with ease to grab a quick shot and it doesn’t dangle the way a traditional shoulder strap does when you lean down to grab your little guys.  I may or may not be speaking from experience but if you’ve ever knocked your child in the face with your camera this piece of equipment helps avoid that…..which is a very good thing.


The Fixed 50 mm Lens

Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras about $329
Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras about $150

This is the lens that I have on my camera 90% of the time. With its ability to have a low aperture you get that boccha blurry background we all seek, allows you to shoot in lower light without flash and gives you an excuse to get closer and part of the action.  This lens is FAST it will allow you capture those on the go moments like jumping through the sprinkler, catching snowflakes on tongues and pillow fights.

Lensbaby The Muse

Lensbaby The Muse Double Glass for Nikon F mount Digital SLR Cameras about $150
Lensbaby The Muse Double Glass for Canon EF mount Digital SLR Cameras about $150

This one is on my wish list this year because it looks like FUN to play with.  Offering a sharp focus and some distortion around it. You can check out the types of shots you’ll get with this bad boy here.