Photographer’s Gift Guide
What to buy for your favorite photographer
1. North Sea Sweater
When winter flexes its muscles, grab the “Submariner” sweater from North Sea. It’s a 100% wool turtleneck that the Brits invented so they could stay warm while hunting U-Boats. It balances the historical accuracy with a cut that looks good on its own or under a blazer. It is my go to sweater for cold weather shooting and long haul flights.
A friend of mine turned me on to Barena Venezia recently. Their jackets are styled after Venetian fishermen. The style is part workwear and part Italian fashion. Barena Venezia is a small shop that likes to keep it local. Their jackets are woven with a little stretch so you can look good without feeling like you are in a straight jacket. The generous pockets, inside and out, make it a great alternative to the photographer’s vest.
3. Filson Travel Bag -Medium Luggage
It looks like Venice might put a ban on wheeled luggage. Only in Venice, right?! Well in case they do, you might as well have a good bag to toss into the vaparetto. Avoid the split zippers and baggage limitations with a soft shelled bag designed to last a century. As a carry on piece of luggage it carries enough for two weeks on the road and will age better than Maggie Smith (who is doing a pretty fine job herself.)
Technology is good, but not perfect. While online check in, single click purchases, and instant weather updates are welcome advancements, there is still nothing like getting your ideas on paper. These perfectly sized note books are a must for any photographer because you never know when your next great idea might hit.
5. Rotring Mechanical Pencils 800+
What does the + mean? The good folks at Rotring have improved their mechanical pencils to include a stylus that can be used on iPads and tablets. The weight, build quality and feel of their mechanical pencils will make you want to find an excuse to draw something. And the black paint finish will brass just like your Leica. A nice touch.
6. Leica D-Lux 109
It is rare that I recommend gear…so take this as you will. The only camera that I am really interested in right now is the new Leica D-Lux (Type 109). And while many of you are thinking, “Oh yeah, I’d be interested in it too if Leica gave it to me,” I can tell you…this is not a gift from Leica, but something I plan to buy. Small enough to fit in a jacket pocket and compatible with an Ikelite underwater housing… I’d like a camera for events and “light underwater” that does not feel like it sacrifices much from my Leica M’s.
7. Adam Marelli x Slow Tools Bags
small – $ 225
medium – $ 285
After years of complaining about camera bags, just like everyone else…I decided it was time to do something about the photographer’s dilemma. Is it possible to have a bag that you actually want to carry which does not look like a camera bag, and will last a really long time? Now the answer is YES.
This will be a gift for the patient photographer…because they will not be ready until Feb/March of next year…but we are only producing a limited edition of 50 bags in each size. So it is recommended to pre-order before they are sold out. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Gitzo Traveller Tripod
For those spectacular night shots that only happen on the road, it’s best to carry a small, light weight tripod. This way you can capture award winning shots that are just not possible without a steady hold. Gitzo has become the Patek Philippe of tripods. Great quality, well designed, and expensive enough that you might have thought you were buying a camera and not just a tripod. But when it slips into your carry on and you hardly notice the weight, you will thank whoever buys this for you.
Everyone remembers the first watch they were given. For most of us, it was a turning point where someone acknowledged, “You are an adult (or you at least have the general outline of one and are bound to fill in the missing pieces over time.) In honor of this tradition, why not share the same watch that first surfaced at the North Pole in 1958 as the US Navy was stalking the Russians with a young photographer. Man, woman, child…it hardly matters who is on the receiving end because afterwards they will be a “changed man.”
10. Make your own Exhibition Prints with Digital Silver Imaging
Save $250 when you buy $ 750 worth of prints
Do you live with someone who is bonkers about photography? If so, how often do they print their own work? The best gift that you can give any photographer is the chance to see their work in glorious printed form. This holiday season my printer, Digital Silver Image, is offering printing deals on their highest quality Silver Gelatin Fiber Prints. If your “crazy photographer” has not seen their work in exhibition form, they are bound to love you for this one.
Wishing everyone a fantastic holiday season!