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Christmas Gift Ideas – Digital Camera Accessories

04 Nov Posted by Mark in Guides, Reviews, Stuff We Like |
Christmas Gift Ideas – Digital Camera Accessories

It’s that time of year again, and if your stuck for gift ideas for the photographer in your life (or yourself ;) then Digital Camera Beginner can help! In the run up to christmas here are some suggested ideas for christmas gifts for photographers. Of course they’ll work for birthdays too!

This time around we’re looking at accessories – we should have a camera guide up before too long!

GorillapodJoby Gorillapod SLR Zoom

The Joby Gorillapod is an alternative to a normal tripod. It might look odd but it works brilliantly – the flexible legs allow it to balance on rough surfaces, so no more wonky pictures. It can even hang from poles – it will work almost anywhere. You might never need to carry a normal tripod again! There are a few versions available, the main difference being the weight of the camera they will support. Obviously one designed for an SLR will still work with your compact if you need it to. As proof of how easily transported they are, my dad took the one I bought him a few years ago on a mule trek down the Grand Canyon!

Joby Gorillapod Original – Designed for compacts or small bridge cameras.

Joby Gorillapod SLR G2 – Designed for smaller SLR’s.

Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom – Designed for larger SLR’s or big lenses.


EyeFi Explore x2 8gbEye-Fi SD cards are a replacement to the normal memory card in your camera. They connect via a wireless network, whenever one they can connect to is found, and upload your pictures straight to your computer, the internet, a photo sharing site etc. This means that if you have a wireless network at home, you don’t need to bother plugging in your camera when you get in. Just turn it on and wait for the photos to start appearing! If you’re out and about somewhere with open wifi, like many bars and cafes these days then you might not even have to wait to you get home. If you have the right model card your family might be able to see your shared photos straight after you’ve taken them!

Some of the models will even delete photos from the card once they are safely transferred, so you never need to worry about running out of space for photos on your camera again. The ‘Explore’ and ‘Geo’ ranges also features Geotagging, so if your photo sharing site or computer software is compatible you’ll be able to see where your photos were taken on a map.

To check if your camera will be compatible with the Eye-Fi cards, check the list of supported cameras here.

Eye-Fi also have a comparison chart to help choose which card you’d like. The higher cards have all the features of those lower in the range but add features as you go. So, from lower end to high end…

  • Connect – Basic storing, uploading and sharing. If you want to save on plugging your camera in this one is for you!
  • Geo- Like the Connect, but with Geo tagging.
  • Explore- Adds a year of support for paid wireless hotspots in places such as Starbucks.
  • Pro – Adds support for RAW image files (if you don’t know what these are, don’t worry about it!)

Photoshop Elements

Photoshop Elements 9 for beginner digital photographersAdobe Photoshop is the software used by almost every professional digital photographer. Sadly, unless you have a lot of money burning a hole in your pocket it’s out of reach of most people. Luckily, Adobe sell a simpler version of the software aimed at the rest of us: Photoshop Elements. It might not have as many features as the full version but it’ll do almost anything that we’ll will need for editing, touching up and improving our photos. It’s also easier to use as many of the complicated features have been turned into step by step wizards to ensure you get the best results possible.

Photography Books

In general you can find most of what you need to know on the net (like here at DCB!), but if you or the photographer in your life prefer paper to online reading then try some of these:

  • Photoshop Elements – The Missing Manual – A complete guide to Photoshop Elements
  • Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Boxed Set: v. 1, 2 & 3 – Digital Photography from beginner to advanced – all 3 volumes!
  • Digital Photography For Dummies – Digital Photography made simple and understandable for everyone.
  • Digital SLR Cameras and Photography For Dummies – Similar to the above but concentrating more on SLR specific features.

SD Card

Memory cards are not the most exciting of gifts, but most photographers need them a lot! There are hundereds to choose from, but some are better than others. Ones from recognised manufacturers like Sandisk or Kingston are likely to be more reliable than those by other no-name manufacturers. At the moment look at 8-16Gb for the best combination of size and price.



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