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Christmas Best Buys - Welcome to the ePHOTOzine guide to Christmas Best Buys 2007, where you'll find super gifts and stocking fillers to suit every budget without even moving from your computer chair! Here's a selection of our favourite Christmas gifts from the leading photographic retailers.
Digital Photo Frames at Picstop from £44.90
Digital photo frames are the 'must have' for Christmas 2007. An ideal gift for all photo enthusiasts as well as people who just enjoy having the latest gadgets, Picstop offer a range of frames from only £44.90! Our favourite is the Renoir - this can display photos, video and even playback MP3, all from the luxury of your armchair using the included remote control. Browse Picstop's range of Digital Photo Frames and make someone's Christmas special!
Lensbaby 3G from Intro2020 £159.99
Add a creative spark to your repertoire with the fun little Lensbaby 3G, a selective focus SLR camera lens for both amateur and professional photographers. Once the sweet spot is positioned, simply press a button on the focusing collar to lock the 3G into place and fine focus with the barrel focusing ring. An excellent lens for both studio and location photographers allowing precise focusing, complete control and longer exposures.
Apple iMac from Park Cameras from £799.00
Make someone's Christmas with the Apple iMac - the latest addition to the Mac range featuring a slim and compact all-in-one design, Intel Core 2 Duo Processor and dazzling displays. Available with 20 or 24in display screens and with processors of either 2.0 or 2.4GHz. Also features built-in iSight camera, Apple Remote, Apple Keyboard and Mighty Mouse. An all-round best buy!
Camlink Roma Bags from Fameart £8.99
Made from stretchable Neoprene to ensure a perfect fit and with a cushioned interior for protection against scratches, Roma Bags make the perfect case for digital cameras, MP3 players and mobile phones and include an additional front pocket for accessories such as memory cards or batteries. Available in red, blue and grey. A must have this Christmas.
Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk from JP Distribution
Galerie Gold Fibre Silk from Ilford is an authentic baryta paper for inkjet printing, offering high definition images, extended tonal range and and excellent archival properties for the high-end professional photographer. Coated fibre papers have a unique look and feel, which has become a standard among art photographers worldwide over the course of more than a century.
Elinchrom D-Lite Studio Lighting Kits from The Flash Centre £395
Capture those precious moments with the D-Lite professional quality studio lighting kits, offering stable power and accurate control. Available in either two or four head kits, the kits come with an all new design of softbox in their very own carrying case.
Crumpler Pretty Boy Bags from Memory Card Zoo From £23.50
Don't embarrass your camera any longer! These funky Crumpler camera bags will have your camera brimming with pride, as it's carried safely and securely in style. Made from the toughest of materials and with excellent build quality these camera bags will not disappoint! Ranging in sizes to suit the smallest compact camera to the largest DLSR.
SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash card from Cellplus
Cellplus are pleased to offer a great price on the SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash Card. This memory card is designed for serious photographers who demand one of the fastest, most rugged and most durable memory cards on the market. Photographers who work under less than ideal conditions expect more from a flash memory card. SanDisk's new Extreme III card delivers everything you want plus a whole lot more! RRP £45.86. Cellplus Price £34.90!
Fine Bone China Photo Mugs from It's My Design £18.00
Personalise your gift with a Fine Bone China Photo Mug from It's My Design and watch your loved one's faces light up! Available with the image of your choice, the option of added text and in three different styles, the mugs are fired to 900 degrees meaning an image lifetime guarantee. Photo montages also available at additional cost.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 from Firstcall Photographic £34.99
The lightweight version of Adobe Photoshop allows instant fixing of common flaws, gives creative control over colour and lighting, artistically enhances images and much more. Fix photos in a snap, make good photos great with superior editing tools and organise your pictures with tags in one powerful yet easy to use product. Now available at £34.99, a huge reduction from it's RRP of £69.99.
MyBook Photo Album Kit from Ink2Paper from £8.95.
The Mybook Photo Album Kit makes a great present for friends and family, either as a kit, or as a finished album – making an individual and personal present. The covers come in three colours, black, white or tropical wood and you need nothing more complicated than some paper and a stapler. Of course, we sell the paper too but you don’t have to use ours, you can just buy the covers.
To tempt you into buying our paper, we are offering an extra 50% free on a range on photo papers and cards – check out the website for more details.
A3 Illuminated Photo Frame from Pictronic £70-£95
The new 11 x 14in Illuminated Photo Frame from Pictronic will put light into your favourite photographs. With a 4.5mm thin film technology light sheet which allows the light source to fit within a standard frame, it creates a fabulous backlight for your best prints, creating a focal point for your work either at home or in the studio, available as a custom fit for your own frame or complete with black aluminium frame.
2008 Wall Calendar by Colin Prior £10.50
Capturing the essence of Scotland's wild places, the 2008 Wall Calendar features a portfolio of 12 beautiful panoramic images of Scotland's mountain landscapes and seascapes taken by UK photographer Colin Prior. Often captured at dusk and dawn, the images capture fleeting moments of nature which can never be repeated.
Subscription to FPME £35
FPME (Freelance Photography Made Easy) is a unique magazine and website to help you earn money from your photographs. Each issue of the magazine is packed with leads in a vast range of markets, inspirational tips and advice from fellow freelancers, legal advice and details of useful techniques and gear to help your career run smoothly. A year's subscription to FPME will get you six bi-montly magazine issues, access to an exclusive image leads area and 35 freelance guides - a perfect gift for anyone in working in freelance photography.
Still stuck for ideas? Here's a selection of the best books from 2007 by some of the UK's top photographers.
Inspiring Professionals - The Landscape Photographers Guide to Using Filters by Lee Filters £12.00
Eight leading landscape photographers have joined forces with Lee Filters to produce Inspiring Professionals, a new book in which top professionals pass on techniques and advice for using filtration in landscape photography. The 132 page hardback book is full of stunning images taken from around the world that will both inform and inspire you.
Filters are an indispensable part of any landscape photographers’ kit. Read how famous photographers such as Joe Cornish, Charlie Waite and David Noton use filters in their images and why they play such a vital role in their photography.
Contemporary Wedding Photography by Julie Oswin and Steve Walton £14.99
Learn the tricks of the trade with the Guide to Contemporary Wedding Photography which has now sold over 10,000 copies.
The Freelance Photographers Market Handbook 2008 £14.95
The 24th edition of the Freelance Photographers Market Handbook contains information on hundreds of markets where freelance photographers can sell their pictures and articles for cash including magazines, newspapers, books, agencies, cards, calendars and posters. Information from previous editions have been checked and updated plus hundreds of new listings have been added. Published on the 1st October 2007, the information in the handbook is bang up to date providing an invaluable tool for those looking to sell their images.
The ePHOTOzine Guide to Great Photography by Peter Bargh £25.00
It’s no surprise that ePHOTOzine, the UK’s leading online photography magazine, has some of the world’s best photographers amongst it's members. This book is much more than just a showcase of great images. Inside you will find a wealth of useful tips to help you take better photographs, along with step-by-step guides to advanced photographic techniques.
Whether you are still a film user, or have fully embraced the world of digital, this book has something to offer everyone, regardless of your level of experience. An essential reference for anybody with an interest in photography.
Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Photographers: A Professional Image Editor's Guide to the Creative Use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC by Martin Evening £29.99
Whether you are an accomplished user or just starting out in Photoshop, the Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Photographers book contains a wealth of practical advice, hints and tips to help you achieve professional-looking results.
The guide begins with an introduction to all the new features in Photoshop CS3, followed by an overview of the Photoshop interface and the fundamentals of how to use Photoshop. The guide also includes an accompanying DVD providing 110 minutes of movie tutorials on Photoshop CS3.
Developing Vision and Style: A Masterclass in Landscape Photography by David Ward, Joe Cornish, Charlie Waite and Eddie Ephraums £20.00
In Developing Vision and Style, some of Britain's best known and most respected landscape photographers share their experience and expertise with those who aspire to create their own visions of a chosen landscape and achieve their own distinctive personal style. Combining stunning imagery with inspirational and insightful advice, the guide contains a portfolio of the photographer's work alongside a commentary of how each particular image was achieved. A book no landscape enthusiast should be without.
The Art of Flower and Garden Photography by Clive Nichols £20.00
Lavishly illustrated with the award-winning work of Clive Nichols, the Art of Flower and Garden Photography is an inspirational as well as practical book, providing expertise on all aspects of the work such as colour, selective focus, composition and light. Subjects covered range from close ups of bark or petals to individual plant portraits and the composing of vistas that reveal the grandest of gardens in all their glory. Also includes advice on post-production stages in which digital technology can be used to sharpen, enhance, tone or otherwise perfect and image.
Canon DSLR: The Ultimate Photographer's Guide by Christopher Grey £18.39
Learn how to use your Canon gear creatively and effectively to optimise your workflow and capture the best shots with Canon DSLR: The Ultimate Photographer's Guide. Covers a full range of cameras in the Canon EOS system and includes inspirational tips from the pros. Currently 20% off RRP of £22.99.
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