City of Corona Xmas Parade–Here’s an image from a night parade. I’m always looking for high places to shoot from, I can’t help it, I’m short. Working in the media does give you access at times. I doubt this would be allowed today. America has become way too litigious.
For that favorite photographer in your life, is it possible to buy them a gift under US$100?
I think so.
If they don’t have any photo editing software, you could pick up Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 8 for $55.
For some reason the Mac version costs slightly more.
With the remaining balance of about $50, head over to Lynda.com and send them a gift certificate to online training so they can learn how to use it. The cost for one-month’s worth of training is $25. Pay for 2 months?
A word of warning. You might not see your favorite photographer again until their subscription expires because there is just so much they can learn there. Sort of like being a kid in a candy store.
That’s because the number of software training titles number in the hundreds, and there’s just not enough hours in a day to learn them all.
If your favorite photographer already has an external flash and a radio remote trigger, then a Justin clamp will rock their world.
The clamp can hold a small speedlight or battery powered flash in a secure location with the ability to aim it.
When you add that with a radio slave–a transmitter and receiver so you can wirelessly trigger your flash, your photographer will be really appreciate it.
For the photographer who has an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) flash you can look for one of these extra long off-camera cords.
The cords allow the camera to use the fancy ETTL & iTTL metering because those connections “fool” the camera body into thinking the flash is still on the hotshoe.
Even the photographer who has everything they need, will have a use for a sensor cleaner.
Most photographers don’t like the idea of not having their cameras for a single day, so doing the cleaning themselves is a good investment.
It’s not that difficult. Camera stores will charge about $80 for one cleaning.
Free photo-editing software
And for those of you who don’t have the $100 to spend, don’t fret there’s plenty of “free resources” online.
My apologies but these applications are Mac-centric since I’m on that platform.
Don’t need to edit but need to resize? Try this Picnik.
Hopefully that gives you some ideas. I should have posted this earlier so that it could be useful. There’s always next year.
I can’t believe this is my 215th post.
I just realized this recently when I was doing some â€œbehind-the-scenes cleaningâ€ on the blog.
Currently I have 94 subscribers. It’s not too shabby considering I started from scratch June 2008.
Have a great Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year. I’m optimistic things will start to look up. We’re all in the same boat. We should weather this alright.
Just remember to keep learning and share what you know.