Here’s my picks for the most excellent videography/photography toys out there this holiday season. If you’ve got a videographer or photographer on your Christmas list, check out these groovy gadgets:
- Bose Around-Ear Headphones $125.95
These headphone wear like a dream and close you off from the world around. Whether your photographer or videographer is editing audio for a video project or just lost in a song, they’ll love this ear candy that only Bose can deliver.
- Cinemin Swivel mini projector $299.99
This portable mini projector will help your photographer or videographer show off his or her photos and videos anytime, anywhere. Hooks up easily to iPods, portable media devices and computers.
- X-Rite Eye-One Display LT for Monitor Calibration $119.95
A proper color calibration device is a must for any photographer or videographer. You can’t edit video or photos and get the right color if your monitor color isn’t properly calibrated. Make sure your photographer or videographer has this piece of equipment.
- SanDisk High Capacity/High Speed Compact Flash Cards $145.99 (8GB)
This is the flash card your photographer/videographer would buy for themselves if they got to pick it out. That’s because SanDisk’s capacity is exceeded by its write speed. That’s the speed at which the data writes to the card, important when snapping hundreds of photos in short periods of time. It’s also key in writing HD video efficiently, a feature of many new DSLR cameras. 8GB capacity with 30 megabytes per second write speed is FAST!
- 4GB Storm Trooper USB Drive $34.99
Okay, this one is just plain geeky gadget guy fun! Great for Star Wars fans who need to take their digitals photos and files with them on the go.
- LaCie Portable Rugged Hard Disk $84.99 (250GB)
Nowadays it’s not a bad idea to have your data portable and LaCie makes a rugged little hard drive to meet the demanding needs of any photographer or videographer.
- Gorillapod SLR-Zoom $49.95
Your photographer/videographer needs a good portable tripod for those adventurous hikes into the wilderness, be it the back woods or concrete jungle. Gorillapod for SLR-Zoom is a great tool to help them hold that shot steady when lugging around a proper tripod just won’t do.
- An Online Camera Store Gift Card (Adorama & B & H are my trusted online photo stores!)
If you’re not sure what they’ve already got in their photography or video tool kit, you can’t go wrong with gift cards to Adorama Camera or B & H Photo Video online. Trusted, quality stores with excellent customer service.
- Apple’s Magic Mouse wireless touch technology mouse $69.99
If your photographer or videographer is a Mac guy or gal, then they need the Apple Magic Mouse. It has the same touch technology as the iPhone or iPod Touch and allows you to trace your finger over the entire surface to scroll, swipe, etc. And, it’s wireless. Less desktop clutter!
- PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK: Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography by Ferrell McCollough $24.95
There are a gazillion photography books I could recommend, but I’ll just mention this one. High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography is a new trend in photography. Why not give your old photographer a new trick!? Check out this guide to a new way of looking at photography.