We all have the vintage camera charms and ornaments and, well, vintage cameras themselves. We're good to go with the lens mugs, the camera strap covers, and the 'I Shoot People' t-shirts. So I thought maybe it was time to create a new list with some fun and practical things you might want to hint for your loved one to slip into your stocking this year- all under $100!
Holga Lens for Canon or Nikon DSLRs
Okay, this is cheating just a bit. After all, you could just get a Holga and play with some film. But if what you're wanting is a fun novelty item to kickstart your inspiration over the slower months, this is certainly a fun toy!
Camera Lens Pendant
I've seen millions of photography-related pendants, but this one is cool! It's only about 1", so totally wearable (or stackable if you're like me), but I guarantee other photographers will notice it! And for that price, you could treat yourself!
BlackRapid Elle Camera Strap
I know you already have a camera strap, but do you have this camera strap? If not, find someone who does and try it on! Designed by women specifically for women, it's incredibly comfortable and well-designed. It will streamline the way you shoot.
$90 - Lensbaby.com
This is technically another novelty lens, but a lot of photographers do pull out their lensbabies for a few special shots during regular portrait sessions, too. And if you want something just a little more technical and true to the tilt-shift concept, there's a whole line of lensbaby lenses at different price points.
Phoneography Starter Kit
This fun little kit comes with a macro and wide-angle lens, a pocket-sized flash, a giftcard to a phoneography class at Photojojo University, and a cute pouch to keep it all in. Now, tell me this doesn't look FUN!
I think we all can understand how important it is to keep your lens clean. And this thing is awesome at doing just that! It has a carbon tip that won't scratch your lens- or even your eyeglasses- and a screw-on lid to keep the tip safe. And it's so inexpensive, it's actually an 'add-on item' on Amazon!
Photography Books for Inspiration
Around $35 Amazon.com
There are LOTS of choices here- a quick search on Amazon brings up hundreds. These are just two on my own list this year. If you're like me, you probably already have tons, all dog-earred with a scattering of sticky note markers. But who can get enough of flipping through a book and seeing awesome photographs in print?
Vogue- The Covers
Vanity Fair 100 Years
You know those bright days when just glancing at the back of your camera gives you a headache? And those times when you NEED to know that your image was tack sharp before you can move on? That's what a Hoodloupe is for. Just make sure you choose the model that is right for the size of your camera's lcd screen. (The one linked is for a 3" screen)
Do you love scarves? And if you're here, I know you love cameras! Etsy seller RainbowSwirlz has put them together in these adorable (but not over-the-top) designs, and she has lots of other cute things to choose from, too!
Telephoto Lens Kitchen Timer
Once you own this handy dandy little timer, every single person who walks into your kitchen is going to ask you why you keep your lens in your kitchen. Which is amusing in and of itself, but basically, this thing is just fun to use. And it will go smashingly on the shelf with your lens coffee mugs.