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BCA News: Fall 2017

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Photographers

Karen Hensley, FBCA

The holidays are coming up and if you’re wondering what to put on your wish list, here are some stocking stuffer ideas for photographers. I’m not a gadget geek, professional reviewer or endorser for these products. I'm just a shopaholic photographer.

The Spider Camera Holster Black Widow Holster is a hands free, strap-free way to carry a camera. Designed for lightweight DSLRs and small video cameras to slide right on your belt. Read a review at https://spiderholster.com/product/black-widow-holster/

George Lepp highly recommends Zerene Stacker software. He said it consistently gives him the best results from macro to landscapes. George showed amazing focus stacking images at BIOCOMM 2017. Check it out at http://www.zerenesystems.com/cms/stacker

Disk Drill is a highly recommended utility for recovering data from any storage volume attached to your Mac. Best of all, it’s free! https://www.cleverfiles.com/

The small Fotodiox mini LED light panels are great for photo and video. They’re portable, dimmable and come with a battery, charger and ball joint bracket. https://fotodioxpro.com/collections/lighting-grip/products/led-209as

Lume Cube 1500 is a LED light source that can be used for all kinds of photography as a single unit or multiple units, and can be controlled remotely from your iPhone. https://photographylife.com/lume-cube-and-why-you-want-it

When space and weight is an issue but you need camera stability check out these travel tripod options. MeFOTO Globetrotter is the go-anywhere travel tripod. See it at http://www.mefoto.com/products/globetrotter-classic.aspx

The Joby Gorillapod is a flexible tripod that easily attaches to a range of objects. Now you can place your camera anywhere! https://joby.com/gorillapod-guide

The Gerber Steady Tripod Multi Tool fits in your pocket plus it’s a tool and a tripod. http://www.gerbergear.com/Activity/EXPLORE/Steady-Tool_31-0010432

The QuikBalance Collapsible 12" Gray Panel from Impact is a convenient tool to ensure that your photos and videos are accurately exposed and color balanced. The 12” panel can fold up and fit in your pocket. See review at https://photofocus.com/2017/10/06/review-the-impact-quikbalance-12-gray-panel-for-correct-white-balance-in-camera/

Another great pocket tool to achieve accurate colors under any light conditions straight out of the camera is the Datacolor SpyderCube. See it at http://www.datacolor.com/photography-design/product-overview/spydercube/

A must have for traveling, the portable My Passport Wireless Pro you can easily offload, edit and steam photos or high definition video in the field. https://www.wdc.com/products/portable-storage/my-passport-wireless-pro.html

Charge your laptop on the go with the Anker PowerCore+ Portable battery pack. https://www.anker.com/products/variant/PowerCore%2B-20100mAh-USB-C/A1371012

Wrap your gear with a Domke Protective Wrap so you can toss it in any bag. An inexpensive way to protect expensive gear. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/16159-REG/Domke_722_15B_15x15_Color_Coded_Protective.html

Even professionals use their iPhones for photos and video. Why not take it up a notch? The Black Eye Pro Kit contains a tele 3x, full-frame fisheye and HD macro lens. https://blackeyelens.com/product/pro-kit/

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