Please help me pick out a gift for my photographer wife

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  1. Ignorant Husband

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    I am not sure if this is the correct sub-forum for my question. Apologies in advance if it is not.

    My wife is a photographer in the grey area between avid hobbyist and beginning professional. She uses digital equipment as well as photoshop.
    I want to get her a book for our wedding anniversary. It could be instructional, "pictures", or perhaps even fiction. I'd like it to be something that came out recently so there's less chance she has it. $40-$60 is my target price.

    Can you recommend a title or two?

    Thanks,

    Ignorant Husband
     
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    What type of camera/equipment does she have? Is she intrested in any certain types of photography?
     
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    Joe? Is that you???
    If so I'd really like a new lens instead of a book.
    Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8 ED-IR VR Micro please!
    hahaha!
     
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    :lmao:

    Sorry, no Joe here. And no new lens in my wife's immediate future, unless you all can recommend a great one in the $40-$60 range... :sexywink:

    Her camera is a Canon EOS 5D. Can't tell you the lenses, but I think there's a "rotation" of 3 or 4 of them.

    As for type of photography, I suspect she'll veer more towards nature and portraiture (sp?) and away from action.

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    Ignorant (and broke) Husband
     
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    It's very hard to recommend books, because so much depends on level of experience and taste. For example, I might say "Understanding Exposure," but if she's an advanced amateur she probably won't get too much out of it. But maybe someone else has better ideas.

    But can I maybe throw out another idea? How about printing and framing your favorite picture that she's taken, and including a note telling her why you think it's so beautiful? That would probably run $40-60 at the most, and could mean quite a bit to her -- knowing that someone loves a picture you've taken is a great high for a photographer (or any artist). Like I said, just an idea.
     
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    Ha ha love your member name :lmao:
     
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    This is a really great suggestion if you can get access to her work to steal a file out for printing. Very personal and, unlike a book, something there's no chance of her already having or not needing (unless you're really oblivious to what she has on the walls).
     
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    Does Amazon have gift certificates?

    Kinda cheesy imo :)
    But it's quick and your wife can get whatever she wants with it.
     
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    You might want to rethink that idea and consider the implication. Would you buy her a cookbook?
     
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    Retrospective by Galen Rowell. His landscape photography from over the years. He has been to both poles and summited Everest, Denali, K2, the Trango Towers, you pretty much name it. He was a columnist for OP and an avid mountaineer. He and his wife passed away six years ago and this is the best culimnation of his work I have seen yet. $40-$50. Coffee table big book. Check it out.
     

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