Top 5 Photography Gifts for These Holidays

Its winter holiday season again, the shipping deadline for holiday gifts to arrive on time is fast approaching and your gift list is still a mile long.

What now? Do you collapse under pressure and quickly wrap up a frame? Or do you rise to the challenge of pleasing even the oddest of visual fancies?

It’s not an easy feat of course. Like all personal technology, cameras and photography accessories are advancing so rapidly that without specific instructions from a would-be recipient, buying photo-equipment for a favorite photographer can be next to impossible. Photographers at all levels also appreciate a little creativity, and there are indeed some less-than-risky gift options available. Now, you can WOW the photographer in your life with one (or more) of these unbelievably cool photography gifts.

1.- Canon EOS Rebel XS

This camera is the logic upgrade from a point and shoot, and your love one will greatly appreciate it. Canon EOS Rebel XS is an affordable DSLR with powerful features including a 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, Canon’s DIGIC III processor, fast shooting and more, it’s a digital inspiration. With simple, easy-to-use controls, a compact design, a 2.5-inch LCD monitor, and Live View Function, it’s a beginner’s dream come true. This camera can produce great images at any of its ISO settings and, viewed as a whole, it makes a great first DSLR.

2.- Equipment backpack

This SLR backpack was designed to keep you ready to shoot wherever your journey takes you. It is comfortable and discreet for a stroll through the city, safe and lightweight to take it in a hiking adventure. You can wear the sling cross-body, and then simply swing the case to the front for immediate access to your camera and accessories. The camera compartment provides ultimate protection for your SLR. It has a suspension hammock system that suspends the camera body preventing impact with the bottom of the case. The compartment lid is lined with scratch-resistant memory foam to help prevent screen damage and accommodates most SLR bodies with attached standard lens.

There is an additional large compartment for an extra lens, flash or other bulky accessories. Three additional compartments store smaller items such as extra battery, cords, memory cards or keys. Its unique strap system on the front of the case secures a tripod or other bulky gear with industrial strength hook-and loop. Adjustable shoulder and waist straps ensure a comfortable fit. Wrist strap limits unnecessary jostling during activity.

3.- Canon’s stylish iP100 Mobile Printer

Canon’s stylish iP100 Mobile Printer travels with you, delivering outstanding photo print quality wherever you are. Thanks to a blazing sprint speed, you can have a beautiful 4 x 6 inch print in less than a minute. The iP100 is perfect for traveling photographers, vacationers making their own post cards, businessmen who need to make the perfect color presentation on the road, and anyone else who wants a high-quality print anywhere.

4.- Canon PowerShot SD1400 Digital camera

This slim and stylish camera is perfect to take it everywhere. It is impressively equipped with the most advanced Canon camera features: 14.1-megapixel resolution; 28mm wide-angle lens; 4x optical zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer, HD movie shooting capability, and intelligently selects from 22 predefined settings, The new models add scene modes such as Miniature Effect and Fisheye Effect. It features a low Light mode for night display, perfect for gathering friends and family around to see your images. You can find it in black, silver, pink and orange hues.

5.- Dolica Ultra-light tripod

Dolica’s carbon fiber Proline tripod is ideal for both indoor and outdoor photography. It’s perfect for events and sports activity, capturing that one amazing shot you don’t want to miss. It is designed specifically for use with digital SLR cameras, and a necessary piece of equipment for any photographer.

This professional carbon-fiber built, ultra-light tripod is able to support up to 17.6 pounds and extended up to 61.4 inches.

The tripod comes with a bubble level, a full 360 degrees scale for panoramic shots, a hook for hanging a sandbag, retractable spikes within rubber footings, a compass, a sturdy ball head with multiple rubber encased metal knobs that allows one to rotate the camera easily for landscape and portrait shots, center column to raise mounted camera to about 6 feet high, two quick release plates, and a nice sturdy bag with an inside zippered pocket that holds a hex tool.

Digital photographs [] can be displayed, printed, stored, manipulated, transmitted, and archived using digital and computer techniques, without chemical processing.

As technological advances improve photographic equipment, materials, and techniques, the scope of photography continues to expand enormously.

What You Should Learn From A Wedding Photography Course

Wedding photography is one of the emerging photography types. Weddings are the most joyful occasions in many men and women’s lives and the memories of their ceremony will remain forever. It doesn’t matter how lavish or modest a wedding is, everyone who gathered for a wedding will have cheerful faces and it’s a great experience to capture those moments. You can be a successful photographer only if you enjoy this niche. Creativity also plays a major role in a photographer’s success.

A good course covers various aspects of wedding photography such as;

Planning- A wedding photographer do not have much time to think what to click and what not. Once he/she is at the occasion, things turn out to be real busy as people are constantly moving. You need to capture a fair amount of pictures of bride, groom and their relatives as well as friends. A planning chart is significant not to lose grip and gain control over the entire function as a photographer.

Pricing- It sounds like a very simple strategy but pricing yourself right for a wedding coverage is not as easy as you think. There are photographers who work under a budget while some others charge higher for quality work. To succeed in the industry, you need to price yourself right, thus making a space of your own but this doesn’t mean that your price must be the lowest. Photography trainings help you to price your business based on the number of events you cover.

Services – A wedding photographer’s work is not limited to the wedding day but the preparations start many days before and the post production works will continue even after the wedding. You must define your services so that your client will have a clearer picture about what you are charging them for. Offering different packages and individual rates for each service brings more transparency to your business so you can earn customer trust.

Your Skills- With a good photography course, you can learn about your strengths and weaknesses. You will be very good at clicking certain types of pictures but the same skill may not be visible on other shots. Work hard on improving your skill on areas where you are weak so you can improve the overall result.

Tools and Resources- A good photography course for wedding photographers must include professionals from the industry because you need to know where you can find the best tools and resources for the cheapest price. You need to know where you can get the finest prints, albums and photography accessories to stay on top of your competitors.

Brand Positioning- Brand positioning in any business is done by evaluating different parameters and a wedding photography course can help you to position your brand right. This is done after evaluating the market size in your area, your competitor’s rates and the package you want to offer. You can either place yourself as a budget, premium or a luxury brand but a good course will teach you to succeed in your brand placement.

There is no doubt that good courses can help you to achieve tremendous success as a wedding photographer.