Tis the season for getting on your relatives' nerves with your giant camera and making them hate you for taking pictures while they are still in pyjamas. Yep, the DSLR-slinger has a lot to look forward to around the holidays. A big part of the fun is the long list of gift possibilities. Here are some ideas for the budding photographer or seasoned pro in your life.
Gizmodo US gave this strap a glowing review last month. Every photographer appreciates the comfort and convenience a good strap can bring to the table, and they won't be disappointed with this one with its foolproof and fast adjusting mechanism. It comes in a men's and women's version, but they are almost identical, save a slight curve in the women's version. £47 from Amazon.
If you've won the lottery recently, and want to knock the socks off the giftee, go for the gold with one of these outstanding full-frame DSLRs. They will kiss your feet and forever be in your debt. We won't side with Canon or Nikon here, because they are both great cameras. If you are purchasing for someone who already owns a lesser DSLR, find out if it is a Canon or Nikon, and stick with that brand. £2,183 for the Canon 5D Mark III, £1,829 for the Nikon D800 (both body-only).
Gorillapods are genuinely useful. Lugging a tripod around is not always practical, and the small and versatile Gorillapod can provide a firm and stable grip. The Gorillapod Focus can withstand even the weight of a DSLR and fatty lens. £82 from Amazon.
The Spark is a fun and inexpensive addition to the good old lens bag. It lets you bend the focal plane and introduce amazingly selective focus effects. Purists may scoff, but it's great for anyone wanting to experiment! The Spark comes with either a Canon or Nikon mount, so make sure you know which one to buy. £73 from Amazon.
The Gorillapod can be a saviour in sticky situations, but every photographer needs a good tripod. The new MeFoto tripods are small and collapsible, perfect for the travelling type. And colours! So many colours! £135 from Amazon.
Organising and editing large volumes of digital photos can be a right pain. Lightroom is a really great application that helps you import, sort, adjust, and output images with a deft touch. £94 from Amazon.
Photographers love big beautiful books of photographs. New York In Color contains a stunning collection of photos from the last century, depicting The Big Apple and all of its visual splendour. £22 from Amazon.