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  1. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    What are some 25-50 dollar gadgets you have that you find useful in photography?

    My family (gma, mom, dad, brother, in-laws, etc) are all asking what I want for Christmas... Do you have any ideas on inexpensive handy gadgets?
     
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    Those special underwear that Mormons wear...for when I shoot nudes.
     
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    Hmm.... Filters?
     
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    LMFAO!
    If that's what I think it is...then you are my hero in this thread.

    Also, as for photo accessories...
    What about gift certificates to your printer?
    Or...a photographer always needs more blank DVDs...
    Perhaps more flash memory?
    Mattes?
    Frames?
    Lightsphere?
    Whaletail?
    Triggers?

    I dono...that's all I can think of.

    OH. What about books? there's lots of good photography books I'm sure you haven't read yet.
     
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    - softbox
    - rechargeable batteries
    - books
    - second/spare camera battery
    - a camera case
    - filters
    - second recharger
    - monopod
    - extra memory card
    - gift certificate
    - a single strobe or flash stand, possibly even 2?
    - an umbrella or 2?

    If I took more time I am sure I could come up with at least 10 more... but its late and I am off to bed.
     
  6. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    How about a Hong Kong wireless flash set up from e-bay.
     
  7. Get Photobooks - not How-Tos but real books with interesting images in them. If you don't have any gadgets in mind then you don't really need them, and hardware at that level is not going to make you a better photographer.

    There's a LOT of photographers that feel the photobook is the best possible medium for showing a series of work - not all photography needs to be printed Gursky / Burtynski large...

    My in-laws have standing orders to give me photo books for all occasions. They come in virtually every price class. I have hundreds of photo and art books, and am on my way to building a nice collection.

    First stop:

    The Photo Book: A History, Vol. 1


    The Photo Book: A History, Vol. 2
     
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    What do you have??? what do you need???? what do you shoot???. This is too difficult to figure out for someone else.
     
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    Voucher for camera shops so then you can get what you want?
     
  10. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    What I have:

    40D
    Sigma 70-200 f/2.8
    Canon 17-85 IS
    Sigma 24mm f/1.8
    Canon 50mm f/1.8
    Canon 430EX
    Sunpak 383

    UV filters for all lenses
    77mm and 62mm Circular Polarizer for 70-200, 24mm, and 17-85
    Hoods for all lenses except 50mm 1.8 (dont need a hood for that)

    Hong Kong wireless flash triggers and Optical flash triggers
    slingshot 300AW
    Battery grip and enough camera batteries
    Bogen/Manfrotto clamps and adapters
    Light stand
    A couple cheapo tripods and a cheapo monopod
    Too many CF cards (2gb + 2gb + 4gb + 4gb + 4gb + 8gb) bought them on sale cheap, and pass them out when I have people shooting for me
    2 umbrellas


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    what do I shoot?

    races, races, races... soon basketball basketball basketball.

    Other than that, I am learning portrait photography. family portraits, bro/sis portraits, etc. I have a booking this week for a group of skaters wanting some in-action shots. I also have a few people interested in aerial photography of their newly built house, dirtbike arena, etc

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    Here's what's sounded real good so far...

    Softbox
    Photobooks
    Lightsphere
    Nice(r) monopod
    Rechargeable AA batteries
    A second flash/strobe stand

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    hey everyone thanks for the good advice! If we think of too many more things, I'll need to get more family!
     
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    If you plan on doing any outdoor portraits, reflectors are very handy. They are also fairly inexpensive. You can get a 5-in-1 reflector set for less than $50.
     

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