Camera StrapAre you still using the strap that came with your camera? The one that screams CANON or NIKON and hangs around your neck? Why not ask for something that is more convenient, keeps your camera at the ready and saves your neck and shoulders from a lot of pain?
|That's me, "bad-ass"|
* I should say I used to use that strap. I lost it somewhere, probably near a grain elevator. I'm hoping for a replacement for Christmas.
TripodI have to confess that I hardly ever use a tripod when taking photos. The exceptions are for low light and night photography.
I use a Veibon CX-586 tripod, a reasonably priced tripod that is no longer available. Mine is a bit broken in that it won't lock horizontally so a strong wind will cause the shot to pivot. Someday I'll replace it but it's low on my priority list.
You have a lot of choice in tripods (tripods on Amazon) but the main decision points are:
- Screw or latch for securing the legs? (I like latches)
- Center post or no center post? (I don't really care)
- Aluminum or carbon fiber? (carbon fiber is more expensive)
- Ball head or no ball head? (ball heads are better but more expensive)
Check out this Improve Photography link for more information on tripods.
Price: $25 and up but I recommend you spend at least $60
Spare BatteryYou already have one, don't you? Right? If you don't, ask Santa for a spare battery. For my camera it's the Canon LP-E5. Many people use third-party batteries for their camera without any issues.
Price: Varies, about $50
TriggertrapThis is such a neat application. It's a free app for your iPhone/iPod/iPad/Android device that has a lot of cool features including an intervalometer (take photos every X seconds), trigger on sound, trigger on vibration, star trail mode, and many more. It works with the camera in your device, but the real power is that it can control your camera. You need a dongle (cable) to connect your device to your camera.
I've used the intervalometer a lot when taking selfies - just let it fire away every 4 or 5 seconds and take your time getting into position!
You can buy it direct from Triggertrap or through camera stores like Henry's - right now it looks cheaper to buy direct. Price: ~$40
Rogue FlashBenderI've asked Santa for a Rogue FlashBender. This is basically a positionable sheet you mount on your flash to reflect / shape the light from the flash. I want to have it in my camera bag for a quick way to modify / soften a flash when I'm out and about and need to take a quick photo. Price; $50-$100 (depends on size)
Portable Hard DriveHow about a hard drive for backing up your photos? If you have that, how about another for off-site backup? Check your local flyers - they are often on sale. Price: $65-$200 (depends on size)
Adobe LightroomI've already given 5 reasons why you need Lightroom. Photo editing is where you're really going to polish your photo and Lightroom provides great editing and fantastic photo organization all in one package. Price: $130 (lower student rate) or $10/month
There's a few suggestions - leave a comment if you have any more!