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10 Best Christmas Gifts For 2011

There is a number of landscape photographers out there that have everything, well, almost everything.

However, there is an even larger number that owns not so much. For all those and most definitely for the so called "gear heads", here is a list of things that you, the partner (or even you, as a gift to yourself) could buy this Christmas time.

We are against gear heading as we believe that photography is in the photographer's eye and not the gear, however, we can turn a blind eye this time. It is Christmas after all.

This is only a suggested list, you don't have to buy all or any of these products and you don't have to buy from our affiliates. However, you can check all the product details by following the links. We are only showing you the way, please don't shoot the message carrier.


1. The first thing that comes to mind is a second camera. We are not talking about a back up camera as we never use them and besides, they occupy far too much space in the back pack (more on this later) and the battery loses its strength. We are talking about a compact camera. Please don't panic, just think of all these times we have to wait for the right light. Now, while waiting with our gear on the tripod (more on this later), we can walk about taking pictures and passing time. Here we have 2 cameras that we recommend.

Canon G12

Canon G12

Canon PowerShot G12 Digital Camera

Nikon P7100

Nikon P7100

Nikon COOLPIX P7100 Digital Camera


2. The second gift we recommend is a back pack. Now you can put all your gear inside a back pack and keep them safe and dry. We recommend the Lowepro Vertex series, solid built and excellent quality. It comes in 3 different sizes, you can choose the right one for you.

Lowepro Vertex AW

Lowepro Vertex AW

Lowepro Vertex 100 AW Backpack

Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack

Lowepro Vertex 300 AW Backpack


3. Next on our list would naturally be a tripod. This is where it stops, no more excuses on shaken and blurry pictures. We have said elsewhere that it is not only about blurry pictures, it is about slowing you down and making you think of your composition. So, tripod could be the next item on your list. One we most definitely recommend is the Manfrotto 055.

Manfrotto 055XB

Manfrotto 055XB

Manfrotto 055XB Tripod Legs (Black) - Supports 15.4 lbs (7kg)


4. Fourth product in our list is a set of filters. You will need more than this (filter holder & lens adaptor) but this set will keep you going. Remember all these images that had a white washed sky in them? Forget them, consider this a thing of the past, use your filters and nicely balance your exposures.

Lee filter set ND grad hard

Lee filter set ND grad hard

LEE¤Filters RF75 Neutral Density Graduated Filter Set (Hard Edge) (Requires Filter Holder)


5. Next. Sick of cloning out all these dust spots in software? Sick of knowing that your sensor is constantly full of dust? Now you can have a nightmare free sleep, just use the Arctic Butterfly. Be aware, you have to be extremely careful when using one of these.

Arctic Butterfly sensor cleaning brush

Arctic Butterfly sensor cleaning brush

Visible¤Dust Arctic Butterfly 724 (Super Bright)

On the other hand, if you are not confident in using one of these Arctic Butterfly brushes, you can always use a rocket blower. Set your camera on sensor cleaning position (read the manual) and blow air towards the sensor, blowing off any collected dust on it. Be aware, do not touch the sensor with the blower, keep away.

Giotto rocket blower

Giotto rocket blower

Giottos Rocket Air Blower - (Large) 7.5"


6. If like many of us, you enjoy low angled landscape photography but you are tired of stretching yourself, in order to see the viewfinder, then this next product is for you. Welcome to the world of Angle Finders. Here is a list of angle finders, for the most known brands anyway. You might be able to get one for your camera, besides these brands.

Angle Finder

Angle Finder

Canon Angle Finder C

Nikon DR-6 Right Angle Viewfinder (Rectangular Slip-On)

Sony FDA-A1AM Angle Finder

Olympus VA-1 VariMagni Right Angle Finder


7. Here is one gadget that usually comes in as invaluable item in everyone's bag pack. This accessory allows you to keep your distance from the camera, when you close the shutter. This prevents camera shake and keeps your images motion blur free. Also, if you want to try long exposures with the "Bulb" setting of your camera, then you will definitely need this. Unfortunately, there are different ones for different cameras. We have added here the ones we could find out there.

Remote Switch Cable

Remote Switch Cable

Canon Remote Switch RS-80N3

Canon RS-60E3 Remote Switch

Vello RS-N1 Wired Remote Switch for Nikon/Fuji/Kodak DSLRs w/10-Pin Connection (2.8'/86 cm)

Vello RS-N2 Wired Remote Switch for Nikon DSLRs with DC-2 Connection II

Vello Wired Remote Switch (Sony Alpha Series Connection)

Pentax Cable Switch 205 (Cable Release) - 1.6' (50cm)


8. This next thing will hold all your eggs in one basket. Yea, we know, you shouldn't do that but in this case there is an exception. This basket (CF card case actually) will keep your cards safe and dry, now, how important is that?

Memory card crushproof watertight case

Memory card crushproof watertight case

HPRC 1300M Crushproof Watertight Case (Black)


9. White umbrella. No, you will not need this one for the rain, you will rather use it to diffuse the sun light. Right, picture this. You are out there, trying to make an image, one of the intimate kind. However, the sun is out, do you want the harsh sun light on your subject? Of course you don't, well, this umbrella will solve your problem.

White light diffusing umbrella

White light diffusing umbrella

Impact Umbrella - White - 45"


10. This should really be number 1 on the list, as many newcomers to photography could do with one (or more). And of course, we are talking about workshops. We would highly recommend to research for a very good tutor and join one of his/her workshops, you have no idea how much it can help you improve.

We hope you found our gift recommendations of some use. No matter what the outcome, we wish you all the best and have a superb time this Christmas holiday.

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