What Do Photographers Really Want for Christmas?


I posed this question to the About Photography Facebook Group:  “What would you like to see under the Christmas tree (even if you don’t actually celebrate Christmas)?”  Here’s a quick rundown of how people responded:

Cameras and lenses, as you can imagine, are the big items on everyone’s wish list.  The Canon 6D seems to be the big favorite this year.  A small segment of the group either went for it with the high-end bodies or the new breed of mirrorless digital cameras, specifically the ones offered by Olympus, Sony, and Fuji. The group’s, Glenn Mire even hopes Santa drops a Mamiya 645DF (plus 80MP digital back and lens) off at the house.  I hope Santa gets mixed up and drops said kit off at my place, instead.

What kind of lenses are people drooling over this Holiday Season?  The portrait and wedding photographer’s favorite, the Canon 70-200mm (several versions mentioned) made several lists.  Long lenses are in this year with many dreaming of telephotos going up to 400mm!  Of course, who can resist a good standard zoom?  24-70mm and 24-105mm aren’t surprising choices and something many of us can’t do without.  Some are hoping for a nice 50mm or 85mm in their stockings, too.

Lighting is another big category that made the lists.  Our group has modest wants and Paul C. Buff products like the Alien Bees and Einsteins were mentioned a few times.  Good lights without breaking Santa’s bank.  Like member, Jennifer Beth Proctor said, a starter off-camera lighting kit would suffice.  I agree; you can do plenty with a basic light kit.  Little-known fact:  Santa gels Rudolph’s nose to get that red color effect.  You’ve got to let go of those childhood fantasies about a reindeer who has a nose that glows red all on its own.

People are looking at PocketWizards, light stands, meters, and reflectors, too.  I like a group that thinks things through.

Education is a priority for many, too.  Gregg Wood, I’ll mentor you as soon as I get the chance.  For now, keep your eye on my YouTube channel and this space. Good stuff.  I know.  Lots of people have their eyes on books both for instruction and inspiration.  I, too, have my eye on about three books this year:  Todd Hido: Excerpts from Silver Meadows, Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton, and A Message for You (Guy Bourdin).

And yes, the fantasies get bigger as some of our members dream of photo excursions to Italy and shoots with the likes of Lucy Lawless (Tim Weaver) and Behati Prinsloo (Martin Howard).

Well, I can’t say that there’s anything on anyone’s list I’d turn down.  I’d like to say that it’s not really about the cameras or lenses, or the lighting, or the models.  But I’d be lying.  It’s about all of those things and more.  But we work with what we’ve got and get creative with it; what you have now is not really holding you back (Deep down inside, you know that.  Well, unless you really need that 70-200mm.).  When you can add to your creative toolkit, do it.  For now, we can dream!

What’s on your wish list?

Image:  Ok, just so you know, that photo was taken a long, long time ago.  And I can’t explain it except to say that I was probably not fully invested in the situation.  I drink Pino Gregio for goodness sakes!  Well, whatever.  Ho, ho, ho.

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One Comment

  • Karen lucev December 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    You forgot to mention the boxer puppy. Oh that’s right, it was supposed to be photography related. In that case I wouldn’t mind attending a workshop in Italy too… :) Merry Christmas to all… :)

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