An external flash can do more for the quality of your indoor, and outdoor, shots than any other upgrade/accessory. Both Nikon and Canon offer fairly inexpensive but excellent flashes that allow you to bounce the light of the ceiling. The result is bright, evenly lit photos without your subjects looking washed out or getting red-eye.
Canon Speedlite 270EX Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras $140
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras $260
Nikon SB-400 AF Speedlight Flash for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras $120
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Flash for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras $215
In both cases the more advanced/expensive flash gets you faster recycling times, greater range/power and more detailed control. If you are not likely to be using the flash in professional settings the cheaper of the two will be fine.
I already have a post about a wonderful, feature laden tripod for only $40
Transcend 8 GB SDHC Class 6 $13 Easy stocking stuffer,stop worrying about running out of room, especially if you have a newer camera that shoots HD video.
Eye-Fi Share Video 4 GB Wi-Fi SDHC $64 This is one of those accessories that makes me feel like I am living in the future. Not only do you get 4GB of space on a standard sized SD card you also get Wi-Fi that lets you wirelessly upload pics as you take them to your computer and/or a handful of photo sharing sites online. One of the best uses of these cards is to hook your computer to your TV, run a slide show of the upload folder and as you are taking pictures of the party/fun they will appear on the TV slideshow – blowing your guests minds!
These bags are all sized for camera and a few lenses, enough to get you through the day but not carry all your gear and the kitchen sink.
Messenger style (over the shoulder): Crumpler 6 Million Dollar Home
Sling Style (backpack with one strap): Kata 3N1 or Lowepro SlingShot
Backpack: LowePro FastPack or Think Tank Street Walker
Another cross post – Filter information and links
For years I have been recommending Bryan Peterson’s Excellent “Understanding Exposure” He now has a second book Bryan Peterson’s “Understanding Photography Field Guide: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera” that looks to be very helpful
Another book getting rave reviews The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You: iPhone Photography by Chase Jarvis (Voices That Matter)
Cute mode dial decals from Etsy
Photography Charm for bracelet
I will add more ideas in the coming days!
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