Gifts For The Enthusiast and Student Photographer

18/12/2015 2:36 PM

Christmas Gifts For The iPhone/Android Photographer

External Flash:

Are you tired of the flat, washed out, boring looking photos produced by your camera’s built in flash? Using an external flash is an easy and affordable way to improve the quality of your lighting without the red-eye and ugly shadows that we usually associate with on camera flash.

Flashes are available for all brands of DSLR, CSC and some advanced compact cameras. With basic versions starting from $200 and up to $1200 for specialised macro/close-up equipment, there are flashes available for every budget and shooting style.

Fast Memory:

There was a time when the only thing that mattered with memory cards was how much they could store. Nowadays with higher MP cameras, high speed focusing and 4K Ultra HD video, not all memory cards are created equal.

If you want to get the most out of a modern camera, the faster card the better. This will not only speed up the performance of the camera, but can also allow shooting at higher resolution or quality. If you’re looking at the Sandisk Extreme range of high speed cards, they also have the added benefit of being heat, cold and shock resistant.

External Microphone

Even the most basic Camera can shoot Full HD video, but if you’ve ever watched video on YouTube, you’ve probably noticed that the sound is anything but HD…

That’s where an external mic comes in, just plug one of these into your DSLR and you’ll be amazed at the difference. Lapel mic’s, zoom mic’s and stereo mic’s all offer different features that will take your videography to a new level.

Photography Courses

Take your photography to the next level with one of Ted’s Photography courses. There is something deeply satisfying in taking complete control of your camera – knowing its potential in your hands. This kind of control and satisfaction cannot be achieved using only your Auto modes.

So why not try one of Ted’s courses and get a real start in your photography – a start that could take you to the places you want to go.


The kit lens that came with your camera is great for getting started in photography, but as your photography develops you may feel restricted by the limited features of a standard zoom. Luckily there is an almost unlimited range of options available for the modern photographer, with lenses for every type of photography around.

Here’s a short rundown of lenses that you might look at after your kit lens.

Tele-photo Zoom (50-200mm 70-300mm) -

Perfect for sports and long distance photography, this type of lens is perfect for zooming in on the action.

Super Zoom (18-200mm, 18-270mm) -

The great all-rounder, the super zoom is 2 or even 3 lenses in one. Great for holidays or people that don’t like changing lenses.

Wide Zoom (10-20mm, 18-35mm) -

Landscapes, real estate or interior architecture all benefit from a wide angle lens. Fitting more in and providing the illusion of greater space.

Prime Lenses (35mm, 50mm, 85mm) -

What they lack in zoom, they more than make up for with creative powers. Offering better low light abilities, beautiful depth of field effects and smaller size/weight than the more common zoom lenses.


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