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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.