Christmas Photo Gift Guide: Under £100
- Fri, 2 Dec 2011
Rather than searching around for all the items a new photographer could possibly need this Jessops kit has the majority in the bag, from a memory card to screen protectors and an LED unit, as well as the padded bag itself. For anyone having just bought an Olympus, Samsung, Sony, Nikon or Panasonic CSC this is a great starter pack.
Combine a huge amount of storage with one of the fastest connections currently on offer then mix in a touch of understated style and you have the LaCie Minimus. This unassuming metallic box houses enough storage to take a year's worth of Raw files without missing a beat, and has the speed of connection to retrieve them at a moment's notice.
Although the own-brand flashguns offer impressive functionality, those made by third parties aren't to be sniffed at either. The 360 AFD is a perfect example of that, with a digital display and bounce and swivel among its features alongside a 36-metre guide number at ISO 100, making it a useful extra when shooting portraiture or in low light.
A third-party flashgun with the kind of features that would put an own-brand model to shame, including bounce and swivel features and an LCD display. This, from a model powerful enough to produce a guide number of 42 metres at ISO 100, makes the Sunpak PZ42X a flashgun good enough to be a permanent fixture in your kit bag.
With modern cameras capable of reacting to most situations it may seem odd that a light meter is still required, but its benefits are evident when in the right hands. The Sekonic L-208 will allow for exposure to be set by the available light, instead of the camera reacting to an average reading across the image, so the photo can be well exposed from the first shot.
Although the average wireless remote is useful, the Giga T Pro II is another step above. It allows the user to program in such details as the exposure time, intervals in between shots, or simply the delay before the shutter fires. With an LCD display to input the information, the photographer need only touch the camera to turn it on.
Taking images of a person may require space, but when you're shooting products for the likes of eBay or insurance purposes the kit can be both compact and portable. The ePhotomaker Kit includes a softbox, grey card and small tripod giving even the absolute starter to product photography enough to take a decent shot, and the entire kit can then be folded up and stored easily.
For either the obsessive clean freak who hates cables and clutter or the photo editor who works more from their lap than the desk the Apple wireless keyboard is a simple joy. Being rapid to connect and running off of two AA batteries makes it less of a headache than the majority of its wired brethren, and gives the maximum versatility.
This fully adjustable LED light gives the photographer, or videographer, a portable lighting method that can sit on a hotshoe and add a more consistent light source than a flashgun. The Rotolight RL-48 can then be adapted, via filters, to give a coloured tint to the illumination for some portraiture effects.
Photoshop may be able to provide a host of photo-like filters to use at the click of a mouse, but any experienced photographer will tell you the best quality filter effect will come from the physical act of placing glass in front of lens. Lee's system offers a huge amount of versatility, and with this holder in place the photographer in your family can start building their collection. www.leefilters.com
The next step up for a creative photographer, offering four customisable buttons, a pen for close detail work as well as a touch facility. This allows the Wacom Bamboo to operate much like an iPad by letting the zoom and select function work purely by touch instead of needing a mouse to navigate between programs.