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.

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  • 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)

  • LensPen cleaner

    A LENSPEN is the easiest and safest way to clean your camera lens. A completely non-liquid cleaning system so it's 100% safe for your lenses.

    I always have a few of these on me when out and about.

    More info | Price: varies depending on type

    (Image: LensPen)

  • Star Circle Academy Advanced Stacker PLUS software

    Want to do star trail images? I've covered the process here, but after taking your shots you'll need to stack the images and without a doubt the best tool for Photoshop users is Advanced Stacker PLUS. This tool, created by Steven Christenson, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2010/12" and founder of Star Circle Academy, is an easy to install and easy to use set of Photoshop action that not only allows you to create a myriad of different star trails, but also helps you enhance your images.

    I'm not going to attempt to cover what Advance Stacker PLUS does here because there's just too much to cover, and Christenson has written detailed instructions covering all of its features.

    Christenson's site is also a treasure trove information for the budding, and the not so budding, night-time photographer.

    More info | Price: from $37

    (Image: Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNet)

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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.
    Mike~Acker
    • Cheer up, mate

      Scrooge!
      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
      frylock
      • Horrible content

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

      x
      Tuaussi
  • 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!
    kbreak@...
  • Great list!

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

    Thanks Adrian (-:
    gcloman
  • 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.
    94freerider
  • 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