Photo Gift Guide: Under £20
- Wed, 30 Nov 2011
A flexible tripod that'll wrap around almost anything, then support a compact camera in position. For self- portraits, awkward angle shots or simply getting a steady shot when you don't have the bag space, a Gorillapod is something of a godsend for any up-and-coming photographer.
Taking tabletop shots of the likes of coins or other small objects is made far easier by the Slik Mini II, which is virtually identical to a normal-sized tripod but simply far more compact. The extendable legs also make it extremely adaptable for other uses.
Although a DSLR needs a larger bag, a compact simply needs something to keep it protected. The Nano I does that with a touch of style and enough padding to ensure that an unscheduled drop causes no damage.
Going abroad? You'll need a plug converter to charge your camera or power your laptop. With this Fuji device there aren't vast amount of extra parts to carry as all the relevant connectors fit into one compact unit so your luggage can be filled with camera equipment.
DSLRs and water don't mix so keep your camera safe using the EWA Rain Cape, which shields the camera and doesn't affect image quality.
Making sure a camera is clean of unwanted particles is imperative to keeping it in full working order. The Jessops Cleaning Kit combines elements to cleanse the optics and wipe out the likes of sand and dust so your camera is dirt-free.
Want to make your baby photos into more of a gift for friends and family? Serif's Baby Photos kit contains enough templates to create the likes of a calendar or card to send out, and sits as a standalone program so no other software is required to create the end product.
As cheesy as these gifts can be, with a touch of inventiveness the humble photo mug can be something more. Instead of simply picking odd images create a montage with a specific message, or take a series of images on white to make use of the backdrop.
Although it may not seem like it in this virtually all-digital age, film still exists in various shoe boxes and drawers across the country. The SV-2 slide viewer not only lets you revisit the days of analogue, but check which of the negatives left behind need keeping and which need disposing of.
A filter that has little tangible effect on your images, other than to correct a touch of purple hue, seemingly doesn't have much value. But once you drop a lens on its front, smash the optics and have to replace a £300+ piece of glass rather than an £8 one, the value is obvious.
A card reader saves on camera battery power and download times. With the ability to read and write to SD, CF, XD and, of course, Memory Stick, all of the main formats are covered.
Such is the advancement in technology a USB drive only needs to be as big as the USB plug. With 4GB of capacity this LaCie device is capable of backing up a host of data while fitting in a pocket.
It's often safer to use two small cards rather than a single, bigger-capacity option. This way a fault won't result in everything being lost. Fuji's twin pack makes this as cheap as less than £10 per card.
By removing all the potentially complex aspects of photobook creation and making the process automated, Bonusprint's Speedybook is the perfect remedy to a low-cost present that still manages to be personal to the recipient and extremely thoughtful.
This 50-sheet pack of paper offers a weight of 192gsm, which allows it to absorb a large amount of ink. This means the image retains the original tone far longer, with the matte surface lending itself perfectly to the likes of macro and landscape shots.