Thanksgiving marks the traditional beginning of the holiday shopping season, and photo equipment and photo-related products make fantastic gifts. Most photographers are gadget freaks, like me, and new camera goodies are just like a new bike or Barbie under the tree for the photo enthusiast. So if you're off to do your shopping, let me give you a few suggestions to add to your list.
- Memory cards and picture storage are going to be big this year. People are taking so many pictures that their camera cards are bulging at the seams. Prices on CompactFlash and SD cards have dropped drastically and everyone should have extra.
- Also on the lines of storage, you may want to consider an external hard drive for your computer. They are a really handy place to keep all your pictures, videos and music, and they make it easy to move from one computer to another.
- Ways to display your photos are also great gifts. Digital picture frames are a very popular and unique way to show off your best shots. Just plug in your memory card and the images float by for everyone to enjoy.
- Regular picture frames are a nice traditional gift and really mean a lot if it holds a nice picture of someone special.
Of course a really great gift for a person who may be suffering through life with an old camera is a new camera. And what good is a new camera if you have to partner it with an old computer.
The bad news is you are going to spend some money. The good news is that computer prices have come way down, and I understand the new Windows 7 operating system is the best yet for pictures and media.
So what else does Thanksgiving have to do with photography other than shopping? Well, in my opinion, a lot.
Take a minute and think of the things that you frequently photograph. People you love, places you enjoy and things that make you happy. Most of the time, if it's important enough to photograph, you probably ought to give thanks for it.
A lot of folks will be spending time with families this weekend and it's a great time to grab a few photos of your relatives.
Have a great Thanksgiving weekend, and as you go over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house, don't forget your camera.
(Brent Kepner is the owner and photographer at Foto 1 Pro Photo in Elkins. He is a master photographer as well as a certified professional photographer.)