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Last night I had a nightmare and woke up in a cold sweat with tears in my eyes. Christmas is only days away. No, literally, the 25th of December is frighteningly close. So why I am I so stressed about this supposed joyous and happy occasion? Because I have not done an ounce of shopping for anyone and I don’t know when I am going to find the time to get around to it.
Now I am a camera lover, as is most of my family. We love photography and we love staying up to date with the latest trends and technologies. Realizing that many of you out there in the Digital Photography School might be in the same (sweaty) position as me, I decided to put together a quick guide to help you shop for all the latest and greatest digital camera gear this Christmas. I hope it helps.
Let’s keep it fresh, simple and cheap. Digital photography can be expensive if you allow yourself to splurge so we want to keep our budget within limits. There is a financial crisis going on you know?
Oh, and you might want to copy and paste this URL into an email for your Mom if you still haven’t decided what she is going to get you this year! I’m sure she will appreciate the altruistic Christmas spirit.
I want to kick off this guide with the best point and shoot camera on the market these days. This is the number one point and shoot on Amazon’s Best Seller List and with good reason – it is a great camera.
A point and shoot is an excellent gift to give someone for Christmas. I don’t know about you, but this would be an expensive gift in my family so maybe reserve this one for your parents, child or a good looking person you need to impress. Don’t worry too much, the Canon PowerShot SD770IS is only going to set you back about $160USD.
Let’s talk about its features: it is one of the most compact cameras out there and comes in a very tough and stylish metallic shell. It has a whopping 10 megapixels CCD capture with enough juice to blow up some photos to poster size. It also boats face detection, image stabilization and 2.5 inch glistening LCD screen.
The best thing about this camera, however, is the most obvious. It takes amazing photos. Even in automatic mode, the Canon PowerShot shoots some of the most crisp, warm and impressive photos I have ever seen on a basic point and shoot camera. Couple that with the fact that my grandma could operate it and you have an excellent gift.
Still on the best seller list, the Coby 1.5-Inch Digital Photo Keychain is a great gift for someone who is going away for the holidays.
Let’s pretend you have a wonderful girlfriend who is leaving town to see her family – buy one of these and upload a photo of your ugly mug so she feels like you are always watching her. Always. Anywhere she goes!
In all seriousness this is a cool little gift and retailing at $12.95USD you can’t get a much cheaper present.
The screen is a 1.5 INCH LCD and takes JPEG, BMP and GIF photo formats. You can upload photos using your USB and let them flicker away.
I few weeks ago I was out with a “professional” photographer doing a job for one of my web design clients. She was an extremely talented photographer who knew all the tricks and trappings of getting the perfect corporate shot. She had even sold $40,000 worth of her photos at a prestigious gallery earlier this year.
But at about 4.30pm when we were taking the final shots of the office complex she did something I will never forget – she started cleaning her $1500 Canon EF Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens with her finger. Her finger!
Needless to say I was photoshopping some tasty smudges the next day. Guess what she is getting for Christmas? This leads me on to the final Christmas idea.
I thought I would leave the best for last. This present is for someone who wants to really leave a mark on a photographer’s heart this Christmas. It might be your child or your spouse or your best friend. Whoever you decide to give it to will love you forever because this thing ain’t cheap!
If you want to make money as a professional photographer you need Photoshop by your side. It is one of the most complex user programs ever made and carries out so many functions it can take many years to master. But the effort is well worth it. A fantastic photo can be transformed into a work of art. A good SLR coupled with some Photoshop skills will leave your clients wondering what they ever did without you.
The great part about this present is that you don’t need to go out an buy it. You can buy it online and download it right on to your computer. Or, have it shipped to the recipients address. There is also a current special on that will make photographers world-wide drool – CS4 and Lightroom are now packaged together to save you about $200 (mac bundle here).
Christmas can be a stressful time. Christmas shopping makes it all worse. I hope these suggestions have given you some ideas and perhaps reduced the anxiety a little bit.
Why not leave a comment and tell us what photography related gifts you want for Christmas? Your idea might help make this the best Christmas ever for some budding photographer out there!
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