It is that time of the year again! No, not stuffing and turkey, but that most wonderful time of year when the G Style Magazine editors put together your shopping lists for those with very niche interests in your life. If you are looking to impress the PHOTOGRAPHER in your life, here is a list that is hard to beat.
Anker GaNPrime 65W Travel Charger
If your favorite photographer takes their workstation on the road, chances are they need somewhere to plug into. As a Mac user, one of my least favorite necessary accessories is the included adapter – it’s large, heavy, and clunky. That is where the Anker GaNPrime comes in. Weighing less than 5 ounces and slim enough to carry in a pocket, you can charge three devices, including two USB-C ports and a USB-A port – keeping you working all day long without carrying bulky chargers for every device you own.
I have been using the Anker GaNPrime for about a month now – fully replacing my included wall adapter. It has been solid for travel and for simply having a quick way to move my workstation from the desk to the couch.
You can pick one up from Amazon for about $60.
Many of the cameras available today have a ton of programmed features into them – from astrophotography settings to focus stacking to stop-motion video – it seems like most cameras made in the last couple of years have a bunch of options that may make your aging camera system seem inadequate. Don’t fret, the Pluto Trigger is a simple remote triggering device that pairs with your smartphone to help you create several different effects – from time lapses to star trails to capturing falling waterdrops.
The Pluto Trigger has breathed life into my aging X-T2 – the photos it takes remain solid, allowing me to extend the life of my now decade-old camera. You can pick one up as a stand-alone device or as a full kit for high-speed photography, starting at around $120.
A Monitor Upgrade – BenQ Mobiuz 32-Inch Curved Gaming Monitor
Every photographer/videographer I know spends a considerable amount of time in front of a computer screen. Treat the photographer in your life right with a serious monitor upgrade like the BenQ Mobiuz EX3210U. Earlier this year, our very own Christian Rivera got a chance to review it and said, “the Mobiuz EX32 is absolutely sublime.”
While our original review focused on the monitor’s gaming chops, it should be noted that the Benq Mobiuz is ready out of the box and does not need color calibration (though you should if you plan to print your photos). With a 4K maximum resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate, you’ll find yourself loving your post-production workflow – it might even make me consider spending more time in post.
You can pick up the BenQ Mobiuz EX3210U for about $900
Ergonomic and Still Great Looking – Logitech MX Master 3S
Speaking of spending a lot of time in front of a computer, your input devices can help you work more effectively if not at the very least safe. The Logitech MX Master 3S offers a handsome alternative to what your computer came with. The Logitech MX Master 3S can help you stay comfortable for those marathon editing sessions.
Here’s a snippet from my review:
If my SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless mouse was my idea of a solid compromise between high customization and sized-to-travel, the MX Master 3S for Mac is a no-compromises workhorse of a mouse… Just about every button or wheel can be configured to your liking.
You can pick up the Logitech MX Master 3S for $99.
For the Film Photographer – the Lomography DigitaLiza Max
Make no two ways about it – I’m a big fan of analog (film) photography, and for those of us who know, we know it’s an expensive habit, but doing a few things on your own helps cut the cost. It’s by far one of the easiest ways to scan your negatives and share them on social media. Here’s an excerpt from our review:
If you’re casually into shooting film or have no interest in shooting film, this metal and plastic contraption sounds like a waste. For those of us that know better, the DigitaLIZA is a great way for analog lovers to digitize their negatives, whether they own a high-resolution camera or if they own a smartphone.
Pick one up from Lomography for around $100