Let's face it, photographers can be hard to buy for. Of course, what photo enthusiast in your life wouldn't want a new Canon 5D Mark II or Nikon D3x? But most of us aren't planning to drop $3500 (and up) per person to everyone on our Christmas list.
Bags and camera accessories, besides costing a good bit in their own right, can be a problem because a photographer's preferences can be so personal.
Here are a few gifts that can thrill the photographer on your list without putting too much strain on your bank account.
Coffee table books: The best bet on these is to choose a great photographer, or a talent that your favorite photographer admires. For local interest, check out books by Tim Ernst, a well-known Arkansas photographer.
Tripod: For family photos, cool ghost effects, waterfall photos, fireworks, the state fair, and host of other fun shots, a tripod is indispensable. If your favorite photographer doesn't already have one, this could be a much appreciated gift.
Memory cards: for the photographer who has everything. You can never have too many memory cards.
Storage: CDs are the most inexpensive, but they are less reliable and hold fewer photos. DVDs hold more photos. But for long-term storage and easier access, there are other useful devices that can hold photos either temporarily or permanently. This article by DPmag.com outlines a variety of storage solutions for a variety of budgets.
If you have a photographer who loves the outdoors, as many Arkansas photographers do, then consider the gift given to photographer Ed Cooley by his wife: the SPOT satellite locator. This device possibly saved Cooley's life when he fell from a bluff earlier this year.
Michelle Posey is a photographer in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has not received any money or free merchandise from any of the companies listed above.