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Coolest Photography Gifts for the Holiday Season

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Its the winter holiday season again and 'tis the season to buy Christmas gifts. Every year, photographers get more than their share of standard desktop photo frames in every size and color imaginable. This year, WOW the photographer in your life with one (or more) of these unbelievably cool photography gifts.

PhotoGlow

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Digital photo frames are becoming commonplace. PhotoGlow is different. PhotoGlow is a illuminated photo frame. Images are printed by the photographer on special paper or printed by PhotoGlow and then inserted into the frame for a beautiful result. This illumination is especially pronounced on images of things such as nighttime cityscapes or images with a lot of sky showing.

Digital SLR

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Any of the leading contenders in the digital SLR market would be a welcome gift for the photographer in your life. If you know the photographer's brand preference then purchase than brand. If not, consider a gift certificate to a store that carries several options of digital SLR. You can find information on some of the most popular digital SLR's by clicking HERE.

Tamron Zoom AF 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens

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What all that mumbo jumbo in the title boils down to is this: a screaming hot lens that virtually eliminates lens changes for the hobbyist photographer.

This lens is made for several different common camera brands, such as Pentax, Canon, and Nikon and is a great space saver and time saver for photographers. This lens is internal focus so that it doesn't suddenly become 4 times longer than you expect as you zoom. It is Macro capable for those dragonfly and other close-up shots. Aspherical means that the lens quality is very good. The 3.5 minimum aperture ensures that you can get reasonble shutter speeds in most conditions. On top of all that, the lens is made for digital so the digital SLR's won't struggle with the focus.
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Digital Foci Picture Porter Elite

The Digital Foci Picture Porter Elite is a multimedia storage viewer. This means your photographer can plug in their camera's memory card and download their images into this portable viewer. The Picture Porter Elite accepts CompactFlash, Secure Digital, xD, MultiMedia, MicroDrives and Memory Sticks. Add in a 3.6 inch LCD screen for viewing and your choice of 40, 80, or 120GB internal hard drive and this little device is a must for any photographer not wanting to be caught running out of memory card space during a shoot.

It is also excellent for photographers who may not be very "computer savvy". This is also great for those without computers at home who need a place to store their digital images other than on the original memory cards.

LensBaby Special Effects Lens

LensBaby lenses have flexible tubes and create a small area of clear focus in an image while creating a soft, dream-like effect in the rest of the image. They come in a variety of mounts to fit different SLR cameras and are a very cool "toy" for the photographer in your life.
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Photographic Background Stand

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Backgrounds are a luxury that most hobby photographers will not allow themselves to splurge on. However, being able to use backgrounds is a fond wish of most hobby photographers. If the photographer in your life has ever mentioned backgrounds, consider getting them a background stand. Even raw fabric can be draped across these stands to achieve a wonderful background.

Add the materials for the photographer to make their own background to go with the stand and be a real hero this Christmas!
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Hoodman Camera LCD Screen Protector

LCD screen protectors from Hoodman are small sheets of optically clear material that you place over your camera's LCD screen to protect it from environmental hazards. While it certainly won't stop flying debris in its tracks, this can certainly help stop dust and grit damage to the LCD screen.
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PhotoBook Creator by Unibind

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There are numerous websites that will create hardcover books from your images. This year, give the photographer in your life a gift that keeps on giving. Unibind's PhotoBook Creator kit allows photographers to bind their own images at home. The kit comes with the binding machine, software, instructions, and one starter cover. More covers are available separately.
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Gift Certificate for a Photo Blanket

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This is another "ego luxury item" that most photographers will not splurge on but dearly wish they had. These woven blankets turn your images into both functional and decorative art.
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