Hey there! Nope – I’m not a paid reviewer, but yes some of these folks are friends with great products! These are my picks for gifts under $50 for the photo geek or photo lover in your life. Feel free to forward me your favs to check out too. -Erika
Tintype Portrait of Your Loved One, Photobooth, SF, CA – Prices vary
We make authentic wet-process Tintypes in our studio while you wait! Tintypes are unique photographic images in the tradition of 19th century photography. Each tintype portrait is crafted on a 4″ x 5″ metal plate and packaged in a display envelope. At Photobooth, we use exactly the same process and formula as in a professional portrait studio of the late 1800s.
An individual 4×5 tintype portrait takes about 20 minutes to produce from start to finish, Couples Packages take about one hour. You leave with the finished tintype in your hand. We also email you a digital copy of your tintype! Click here to reserve your spot now.
The Light Scoop by Professor Kobre – Price: $34.95
Lightscoop® is a smart low-tech device that creates soft, flattering light by redirecting your camera’s pop-up flash to a ceiling or wall. Don’t let your convenient little pop-up flash ruin your photos with evil red eye, ugly shadows, hot spots, bleached out faces, underexposed colors, and blurry movement that exist only in your photographs, not in the real world.
Joby Gorillamobile – Price: $35-40.00
You could just shoot video on an iPhone, all shaky-hands-style, and pretend it’s part of the Bourne series, but more committed videographers will appreciate Joby’s Gorillamobile, a simple, versatile accessory that gives an iPhone (or other hand-held device) a clingy, grippy tripod. Unlike traditional tripods, which have rigid legs, the Gorillamobile tripod has three flexible legs that can stand up straight or be wrapped around poles, handles or other good places to park a videocam. A free app from Joby, called Frame X Frame, works well with the tripod. It has a self-timer, a time-lapse mode and a simulated ball level to make sure the shot is not awkwardly angled.
Op/Tech 19″ Velcro Soft Wrap with extra 5″ removeable Pad – Price $12.95 Black/Steel. SOFT WRAPS provide extra protection for lenses, cameras, binoculars, light meters, small tripods, monopods, tools, outdoor gear and other accessories. They offer an extra 5″ pad within the wrap which can be moved around to provide extra protection where needed. A photographer can never have too many!
Blurb Photo Books -Prices start at $12.95
Create your books with our free, easy to use bookmaking software for Mac and PC OR Want complete creative control? Design your book using your favorite publishing software, then upload it as a PDF.
Gray Caps -Prices 3 for $15
Many gray cards are not well-suited for digital photography. They often are not really neutral, and were designed for use with film as exposure guides, not as gray balance sources. The simple Digital GrayCapTM solves these problems as a sturdy plastic card with a spectrally flat color response.The Digital gray card you will always have with you, even among 10,000 penguins. 1×1 inch, foam adhesive included.