Accessories for your favorite photographer

Great gifts for photographers, especially if your favorite photographer is yourself!

Stumped by gifts for your photographically inclined BFF or just looking for some inexpensive ways to add to your own creative kit? Here are a few suggestions.

Lenses
Lensbaby lenses and accessories
Digital Holga kit
Holga

One of my veteran accessory suggestions is one or more Lensbaby adapters and add-on lenses ; Lensbabies allow you to create some special effects or play with depth-of-field in a way that's more fun and satisfying for photographers than slapping on a post-processing filter. A new addition to this year's recommended list us Holga's Digital Lens kit , which lets generate Holga's trademark artifact-ridden photos from your high-quality dSLR, but once again in a way that's more fun for photographers than some of the dumber special effects filters.

Media
SanDisk Extreme Pro SD and CompactFlash cards
Eye-Fi cards
SanDisk

If you're still shooting on a cramped, slow card, now's a good time to ramp up. If you shoot with a pro dSLR or high-resolution camera that generates really big files, maybe you can get someone to buy you one of SanDisk's really fast, high-capacity Extreme Pro cards. Even if you don't see any performance difference in-camera, the type of speed these cards offer (fast read/write times instead of minimum SD "class" standards, for instance) can make a big difference when uploading the photos to your computer via a card reader. If you don't need the speed, but instead want to add some wireless uploading or geotagging capabilities to your camera, Eye-Fi's line of cards also makes my annual list of accessory recommendations.

Input devices
Wacom tablets
Nomad brushes
Nomad Brush

Another veteran recommendation I make every year is for a Wacom tablet, which is a great option for anyone who works with images rather than just uploading them as-is to Facebook. This year I'm adding Nomad Brush brushes as a suggestion for use with your favorite tablet. Pressure sensitivity isn't an option yet, but if you work with photos on a tablet, be it in Photoshop Touch or a great painting app like ArtRage, they add a nice dimension to working with photos on a tablet.

Tripods
Joby Gorillapods
Tiltpod
Tiltpod

Everybody needs a little more stability in their lives, and Joby has always done that with flexibility and style, making it one of my most frequently recommended stocking-stuffer-type gifts. Another ingenious little product to toss in is the Tiltpod , a tiny stand for your point-and-shoot camera.

About the author

Lori Grunin is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. She's been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 1988.

 

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