If you had $100 to spend on your favorite photographer, what could you get them?
If you know them well, it sure helps.
Let’s face it, if they are into wildlife photography, you might have to spend more.
Maybe in that instance, you can research and find a bird Â sanctuary such as the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Â drive them, be their caddy, fix and pack a picnic lunch and keep them company.
- extension tubes
- a cable release
- off-camera sync cord for their external flash.
- polarizing filter
- graduated neutral density filter
Memory Cards & Camera Batteries
The safe bets are always more memory cards and extra camera batteries.
There is a caveat on those two items.
You do need to know what kind of memory cards their camera uses.
Currently there are two kinds in wide use based on their form factor: Secure Digital and Compact Flash card.
In my previous post, I mentioned the Eye-Fi Pro.
It’s definitely worth looking into if who you’re shopping for has a camera which uses SD cards.
And when it comes to memory cards, you should buy either San Disk or Lexar.
They cost more, but they are the more reliable ones with lifetime warranty.
As for camera batteries, you need the exact model and make of the cameras, then head to any of the online photo websites like DPReview to check the specifications.
Batteries are very camera specific, so for a Canon 5D Mark II for example, the one you’re looking for is the Canon LP-E6.
There are 3rd party manufacturer who sell batteries for those but generally speaking the OEM original equipment manufacturers’ batteries cost more but they hold their charge and have longer useful lives.
For the Do-It-Yourselfers
If your photographer is a tinkerer and not afraid to get their hands dirty, why not spring for a sensor cleaner like the Arctic Butterfly.
It costs about the price of a one-time cleaning if you send your camera in to the local camera store.
- Photoshop Elements & Premier Elements (for video editing) 9.0 $70
- Noise Ninja–for those who can’t stand the noisy images from their camera $80
If you have access to your photographer’s computer and you know they have the full version of Photoshop, you could install a suite of plug-ins that are free.
Photo Tools 2.5 compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3 , CS4 and CS5
Or you can install this free Lexar Image recovery software.
Now understand that this software is not 100% fool proof.
I’ve used it with mixed success. I tried it mostly out of curiosity.
The more robust ones are the ones that come bundled with your memory cards like those from San Disk, that’s why you’re Â paying more for those cards.
Good luck shopping everyone. If $100 is too much, you can always get a gift certificate for Lynda.com and pay for a month of training at $25.
If you have suggestions and I would be surprised if you don’t, do share them as comments.