With today being December 1st, the countdown has officially begun until Christmas.  Of course, retailers began counting even before Halloween this year as they try to stretch this season of spending out as far as they can, but with now only 24 shopping days until Christmas, there is no denying that the ads asking for your hard earned dollar will increase into a frenzy (not unlike the number of radio stations that play carols exclusively for the next 25 days).

So, where should you really go to shop for holiday presents this year?  Your nearest photo store naturally!  Here are a few of my top picks for Christmas gadgets that will likely please just about any photo enthusiast.  Fair warning, all the product links here are to B&H Photo, where I do 99% of my own shopping, but you are free to choose a retailer or e-tailer of your own preference.

  1. More memory!  We all could use more memory in our cameras, but be sure you get the right kind.  Most Point-and-shoot cameras will take the Secure Digital (or SD) type whereas most SLR cameras will take the CompactFlash variety.  I like the 8GB as it can store a lot of images, but doesn’t necessarily put all your eggs in one basket.  The respective B&H links are here and here.
  2. Another cool little gadget is the Gorilla Pod.  My brother got one of these for his P&S a year or two ago anda loves it.  They do have P&S and SLR grade versions for a quick little setup while on the go.  Also under $50 (each), they are viewable here and here for P&S and SLR cameras respectively.
  3. Pictures!  That’s right, family, friends and loved ones are those who really thought you had what it takes to go into photography in the first place, so you know they love your work.  Tis the season to give, so give them some nice large prints.  Mpix is a great online printer and here I am deviating from my B&H heavy references to say do all your printing at MPix!

There’s 23 more days so I’ll likely pepper a few more suggestions in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, keep that camera at the ready!  Happy shooting and we’ll see you back here again tomorrow!

3 thoughts on “And the countdown begins…

  1. Hi Jason – god gear-tips there. You should consider yourself lucky with regard to the constant Christmas ads. In the UK, I saw my first TV Christmas add this year in OCTOBER!!!!! And they have slowly buit up ever since. Kevin

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