Brace yourselves – the holidays are upon us.
Chances are, you’ve already done a little holiday shopping for loved ones. No? Well, you’ve made a list at least, right?
If you have a photographer or digital artist on your shopping list this year, you may be wondering what to get. (If you are not a photog or artist yourself, this may seem especially daunting).
Hopefully, this person will steer you in the right direction, especially if he/she is hoping for some new gear or accessories. But if not, here are five ideas:
Whether it’s in the form of memory cards for a camera or external hard drives for a computer, photographers and digital artists can never have too much memory. One-Terabyte (and greater) storage on hard drives is now the norm, and depending on where you shop, you’re sure to see devices under $100 during the sales this season.
As for camera memory cards, Staples and other retailers offer some pretty good discounts during the holidays. In fact, if you’re braving the Black Friday shoppers this year, Staples is offering SanDisk cards starting at $6.99 (for an 8 GB card). While you’re there, you can also find portable hard drives (1 TB and up), starting at just under $70.
YONGNUO YN560-III HOT-SHOE FLASH
I first saw this flash listed in Scott Kelby’s 8th Annual Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide. Not long after, I actually saw it in action. One of my friends owns two of these lights and was using them on-location to light his subjects. And I was pretty impressed by what I saw. And with prices starting around $70, I may be adding one of these to my own bag soon.
For more information, visit http://www.hkyongnuo.com/e-detail.php?ID=311
If you do shop for the flash, don’t forget the batteries. Actually, batteries aren’t an exciting gift, but they are definitely a practical one. And batteries are those things we (creatives) don’t like to buy either, but always need. Do some research and find out what camera, flash or other battery-operated devices he/she uses, as you’ll want to get them something that fits their equipment.
If you’re a photographer or digital artist today, there’s a better-than-average chance you’re using a stylus. It might be with a Wacom tablet while you retouch photos, or it could be on your iPad while sketching with Adobe Ideas. And it’s never a bad idea to have a backup.
You can find them just about anywhere that sells computer and tablet accessories. Here are some pretty good reviews for iPad styli: http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/10/2925937/best-stylus-ipad-review
I use the Wacom Bamboo on my iPad and iPhone and like it.
I know some people who think of gift cards as that last-minute, run-to-Walgreens-and-pick-one-up gift. And if you think of them that way, then they probably lose a lot of their appeal.
But they don’t have to be. For creative types, maybe a gift card to their favorite photo or art supply store? One idea is the B&H Gift Card: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/find/giftCard.jsp.
Another good idea is either an iTunes or a Google Play gift card. (You’ll need to find out what device(s) he or she uses, first). This would let them shop for apps and more for their smart phone or tablet.