Hey there! Gary Allard here, your APA|SD Chapter President. It’s holiday season and that likely means there’s someone that deserves a nifty gift. We thought it would be handy to share some ideas for the photographer in your life (or make it easy to share this wishlist). These are some of my favorite things, in no particular order:
FujiFilm Instax Wide instant camera
I love this camera! In fact, I’m on my fourth one. This is just plain fun. It’s a great way to get my head out of the digital world and take time exploring analog photography. Fuji has been great at introducing new film formats and styles for the Instax line and the creative possibilities are endless. I’ve built an entire portfolio of instant film work with these cameras. Check it out in person at Nelson Photo and use your APA membership discounts to stock up on film.
Litra Professional Adventure Lighting
These little guys are awesome. Not only are they great for photo and video work, they are super handy for nighttime adventures like climbing, cycling or hiking. With multi-level output and a very compact size, they are versatile enough for any job or adventure. With a 1/4″ screw mount they will connect to just about anything you can think of. And, extra bonus, they are fully waterproof to around 30 feet. I have two LitraTorches and have used them for photo and video above and below the water. Order your kit and get 25% off the with the APA|SD discount code APASD25
No secret that the GoPro is the go-to compact adventure camera for most videographers. The wide array of options and the recently introduced new models make it an easy entry into video. I keep a little GoPro Hero kit on hand for behind-the-scenes stuff or when I need to get an interesting angle from a tight spot. The addition of voice-control is nifty, as well as the remote operation from iOs or Android. Visit George’s Camera or Nelson Photo to check out the whole line. Be sure to mention your APA membership for discounts.
Museum of Photographic Arts Membership
I can’t say enough about this place. Their programs and exhibitions just keep getting better and better. This museum is very unique because it’s one of only a handful of dedicated photography museums in the world, and it’s right here in our backyard. We have such gratitude for their continued involvement with APA|SD. Give a gift of membership that will last the whole year.
ThinkTank Bags and Cases
ThinkTank has been an ongoing supporter of APA for many years and their gear stands the test of time. They make a vast line of products to suit any level of photographer. I use the Airport Roller Derby and I love it. It functions as my speedlight case, carries all the gear I need for a small shoot and fits nicely in the overhead compartment with elegance. Check out the ThinkTank discounts on our member benefits page.
Lightweight Monopods and Tripods
I’ve recently discovered the Sirui line of monopods and carbon fiber tripods and I’m truly impressed. With high-quality hardware and fluid movement, these feel like a piece of gear twice their price point. Check out the line at Nelson Photo (and use your APA discount!).
I’ve been a big fan of CreativeLive since its launch. It’s now grown to include many more categories beyond photography and filmmaking so it’s worth a look for any creative mind. Need to learn how to make a motion graphic in After Effects®? Just get a new version of Final Cut Pro®? Brushing up on your Photoshop CC® skills? Head on over and get schooled. APA members receive a 20% discount on courses.
Talbott & Sons Leather Camera Strap: For my vintage Minolta SRT101.
Lifeproof phone case: Make your phone waterproof and lifeproof. Mine is with me on all adventures.
Smove Gimbal Stabilizer: iPhone video stability with an economic price tag.
PDN Magazine: Use your APA membership discount for one the best industry publications out there.
Chrome Digital: Print your work! High quality local printing with excellent hands-on customer service. Make something beautiful.
Happy Holidays from all of us here at APA|SD!