Gift Guide 2013: Gifts for the digital photographer

Gift Guide 2013: Gifts for the digital photographer

Summary: It's the time of year when gift guides are all the rage, and since I'm an avid digital photographer it's only reasonable that I pull together a cornucopia of gifts aimed at the 'tog' in your life.

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • Kirk Enterprises L-bracket

    Right angle, quick release "L-brackets" that fit to the bottom of a range of digital or film camera, allowing easy access to both the battery compartment and I/O ports.

    Quickly release, turn, and remount your camera for either a horizontal or vertical shot with no need to flip the tripod head on its side or changing your shooting position.

    Must be used in conjunction with Arca Style Quick Release Platforms

    More info | Price: varies depending on type

    (Image: Kirk Enterprises)

  • 3 Legged Thing Budgie Smuglaz stone bag

    High winds can blow owner even the most stable of tripods. This is where a stone bag comes in handy, allowing you to add a little more weight to keep the everything a little more stable.

    This stone bag is tough and will last a lifetime. While it has been designed by 3 Legged Thing to complement its range of tripods, it will also fit other tripods.

    More info | Price: $30

    (Image: 3 Legged Thing)

  • Adobe Creative Cloud

    Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and much, much more.

    Everything you need to create, edit and process digital media. Yes, it's expensive, but Adobe's creative tools are a decade ahead of the competition. Not only that, but many of the applications can be augmented with plugins and add-ons, allowing you to take your creativity to the next level.

    More info | Price: varies depending on plan

    (Image: Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNet)

Topic: Hardware

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  • not recommended

    this is the fallacy of xmas: it is improper to presume to know what a dedicated hobbyist would need for his/her equipment.

    and in the interests of getting special gifts for xmas a lot of money gets wasted on stuff people don't want and can't use

    it doesn't matter if the person is a photographer, fisherman, woodworker, -- whatever. don't try to guess what they want.
    • Cheer up, mate

      Key Lime
  • Gallery

    Who can be bothered to trawl through 26 gallery items. Make a new year's resolution to kill the idea!
    David M. Senior
    • yup

      didn't read past the first page
      • Horrible content

        I did read after the first slide, most of the items after slide 10 are absolutely useless.
    • Gallery format - hate it

  • Thanks Adrian

    Don't love the 1-item per page but I love the items! Thanks for the list.
    I really like the Advanced Stacker for star photos, and the custom filters for landscapes... want want want!
  • Great list!

    I don't get the negativity... Bunch of stuff here I'd love to have.

    Thanks Adrian (-:
  • You might not know what's best!

    As a pro photographer I can tell you that if someone got me off brand batteries I would never put them in my camera! No way would I risk my $2k camera on a cheap version of something that I trust to be there for every time I need it to be. The other stuff is ok I guess but photographers are very picky and it might be better to just hit them a gift card to B&h photo or a local photography store.
  • G-Technology...

    I quibble with picking G-Technology. I have a dead G-Technology drive on my desk. Lasted about 3 months before it died. The drive managed to scramble the catalog contents. Support's response was "that's not a hardware problem, that's a software problem" as though that distinction matters! Underlying G-Technology is Hitachi and not surprising, the only portable drive I own that didn't survive at least a year was, yep, a Hitachi.

    I've had GREAT success with LaCie, however.
    Steven Christenson