Happy Thanksgiving!

By Mark

This blog is up a day early this week due to all the preparations for the holiday.  There are lots of turkeys who need to be stuffed and I am just one of them. 


Everyone is all tensed up and ready to hit the starting line for black Friday—not me, my shopping is 90% done already.  For those of you out there with photographers on your naughty list there are a lot of great deals out there to shove in their stockings.  Right now the best deal out there is the offer from Adobe for the special rate on the Photographer’s package which includes Lightroom, Photoshop CC, a Behance account and online storage.  Previously, you had to have a current version of PS to get the deal.   For only $10.00 a month—well, it is a great deal but which won’t be around forever. 


Small, relatively inexpensive gifts are sort of hard to find.  Here are a couple of suggestions:  A two-way level which fits onto your camera hot shoe can help get those horizons straight.  http://acephoto.net/accessories/system-accessories/2-way-bubble/

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Or perhaps a good Lens Pen cleaning system to take those nasty smudges from your glass.  http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-7072-Lens-Cleaning-System/dp/B00006JN3G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385320242&sr=8-1&keywords=lens+cleaning+pen

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I’ll be the first to admit that Photoshop can be fairly challenging to learn and to master.  One of the really useful things you can give this year is some training.  Just getting them a membership to the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) gives them access to lots of free training, a great magazine and some pretty awesome discounts, that actually do pay for the $99 cost of the membership.  http://kelbytraining.com/napp/join  


You can also consider giving them a subscription to the thousands of hours of professional training through the Kelbytraining.com.  At $199 per year, it is a little pricier, but having unlimited access to the world’s best photographers and Photoshop experts is pretty impressive. 

Of course, if you want to spend lots of money, your photographer can certainly help with that.  We all might suffer from Gear Acquisition Syndrome or GAS.  Lots of new lenses and camera bags to put under the tree for your own turkey.