Photographer Rodney Smith writes that the greatest gift possessed by still photographers is under attack like never before:
So dear photographers, others before you fought hard and long to give you a gift. And although everyone from corporations, to magazines, to art buyers try desperately to take it away from you, I implore you not to give it away.
Most of you are young and feel the need to work, and feel powerless against larger forces. You do not realize that when you get older, having the rights to your own work will be the best gift you have as a still photographer. It will help you when you need it most.
[…] The pressure is on. The economy is awful and people will grab what they can get away with. I implore you to stay strong and fight hard for what many other photographers, over the last 50 years, have fought hard to give you; the right to own and control your own work.
What Is A Picture Worth? (via APhotoEditor)
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Japanese Gift Market sells these camera-shaped wooden pencil sharpeners that can conveniently be carried around on your keychain. They ship from within the US, and cost $10 each.
Camera Pencil Sharpener [Japanese Gift Market]
Check out this ceramic Canon 24-105mm shot glass, crafted by DERELIQ and for sale over at Photojojo. They come in a set of three for $18.
The Shot Glass Lens Set [Photojojo]
Here’s a fun weekend project: create a tiny keychain photo album with your favorite photos! Simply print out your photographs as little circles on photo paper or card stock, laminate it, cut them out, and punch the holes. It’s a neat way to keep some tiny snapshots with you, and also makes for an awesome gift. To get started, head on over to the tutorial by Happy to Create.
Photo Craft: Mini Key Chain Album (via Make)
You know that blank space around your fridge photos? You can fill it up with Photoshop menu magnets to increase your photographic geek cred by a few stops. This 13 piece magnet set sells for $26 over in the Meninos Store.
Ps Magnet Kit [Meninos Store]
If for some reason you’ve always wanted pair up your SLR lenses with the tiny sensor found on the iPhone 4, Photojojo has a new mount that can make your dream come true. The package includes a special aluminum case for your phone, a UV filter attachment, and the lens adapter, and almost guarantees that you’ll be the strangest looking iPhone shooter on your street.
While real cameras generally max out at two card slots, this camera wallet packs five. It also “snaps” closed to keep your cash and cards safe. Pick one up over at fredflare for $34.
Camera Snap Card Case [fredflare]
If you’ve ever wanted a lens to hug at night but found your actual glass to be a bit uncomfortable, then these plush pillows are designed for you. Plushtography is a new company that makes these lens-lookalike pillows by hand using “fleece, felt, and a little bit of love”. You can buy a small prime pillow for $41 with shipping included or a pro zoom lens for $77.
Plushtography (via Photojojo)
When Lomography teamed up with Threadless for a t-shirt design contest back in 2008, nearly 400 photography-related designs were submitted. This one by Sebastian Guadarrama Gomez, titled “Striped Bird”, was crowned as the winner. You can check out all the other submitted designs here — there’s a lot of awesome ones that we’d love to wear.
Striped Bird [Threadless]
The lens mug craze seems to be cooling down, but now there’s another product on the market that can help you stay cool (literally): the Canon lens cooling fan. They’re powered by two AAA batteries and somewhat resemble the same Canon 70-200mm lens that the original mugs were based on. You can buy one for $5.60 with free shipping from DealExtreme.
Unique SLR Zoom Lens Shaped Handheld Cooling Fan (via Crave)