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Digital Photography Gift Guide
When I was a kid, this was a magical time of year. When the Sears Wishbook came in the mail, I'd meticulously comb through it in an effort to compile a detailed list of suggestions for Santa. These days, I make a sort of wish book for digital photographers--and this year is no different. This week and next, I've got some gift recommendations for the digital photographer in your life, or for your own holiday wish list. And while you're thinking about buying presents, don't forget to check out my tips for buying a photo printer --a terrific gift for the photographer on your list.
Upgrade Your Photo Editor
What software do you use to tweak your photos? If you said "Microsoft Paint" or "whatever came with my camera," then perhaps it's time to splurge on a modern photo editing program.
My favorites include Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 . Either one of these programs will deliver all the essential tools, including layer support, levels and curves, plus the ability to "plug-in" extra filters and tools for special effects.
And just like last year, I still recommend the somewhat more pricey Adobe Lightroom 2 (about $200) if you want to combine high-powered photo editing and photo organizing--it's the program I use for the majority of my digital photo work. For more information, read " Five Reasons to Try Adobe Lightroom ."
Give the Gift of Wireless Photo Transfers
What's the most boring part of digital photography? That's right--transferring photos from your camera to the PC, so you can edit, organize, and post them to the Web.
Well, if your camera uses an SD Card for photo storage, then put a 2GB Eye-Fi card on your wish list. With an Eye-Fi card in your camera, you can automatically transfer photos from your PC and, if you want to, even send them directly to online photo sharing sites like Flickr, Facebook, and Picasa. It works like an ordinary SD Card, but its wireless connection saves you from having to plug your camera into your PC and manually transfer photos.
Consider Some Fine Literature
I tear through several photography books a year, and I assume many other photographers do as well--it's only natural, since we all want to improve our photo techniques and become better photographers. I mention this because this is the one time of the year that I recommend my own book, How to Do Everything with Your Digital Camera , which is now in its fifth edition.
My book provides easy-to-understand information on improving your exposure, composition, and lighting, and then shows you how to tweak your photos on the PC. It includes such topics as creating panoramas, high dynamic range photography, and the care and feeding of digital SLRs.
I've written a few other books, as well; see my Web site for a list .
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