Erin Paysse sells one-of-a-kind pinhole cameras created by upcycling vintage hardback books. Each camera has a magnetic shutter and is designed to take standard 35mm film.
The camera comes with it’s own set of instructions on how to load, shoot, and remove film, approximate exposure times, number of turns to advance each frame, as well as sample photos taken from some of my many cameras. Each camera takes very different pictures, so get ready to experiment with this incredible camera!
Each camera costs about $200 and can be purchased through Paysse’s Etsy store.
Photo-opoly is a Monopoly clone in which you use 22 of your own photographs for “property”. An fun idea might be to print out your friend’s photographs, customize the game with them, and give it to them as an awesome photo gift. You can pick one up for $27 over on Amazon.
You’ve probably seen the special keyboard covers for Mac keyboards that show you the Photoshop shortcut each key is used for, but what if you’re looking for something more old school (or don’t have a Mac)? These Photoshop Keyboard Stickers should do the trick. They’re individual vinyl stickers that you individually stick onto each key, allowing you to stay old school and giving your keyboard a very childish look. You can pick up a set for about $8 on Amazon.
Adobe photoshop keyboard stickers (via ilovephotoblogs)
If PetaPixel’s very own Leica skin for the iPhone isn’t enough photo geekery for you, there’s also a Polaroid Land Camera skin being sold over at Infectious. We think it would go very nicely with your retro-photo apps! The skins run $15 a pop and are available for not just the iPhone, but for other devices as well (e.g. Blackberry, iPad, etc…).
Photoroid (via Wired)
Pardon the obnoxious watermarks, but Gadget4all is selling this funky USB speaker that looks just like a Canon
5D Mark II 7D and 24-105mm lens. It’s a 1:1 clone of the actual camera, though the camera and lens both sport “Caoon” as the brand. Audio files can be played from a computer, USB devices, or SD/MMC memory cards, and various buttons on the back of the camera have been changed to control volume and playback. If random photography novelty gifts is your thing, you can pick this one up for $83 bucks over at Gadget4all’s online store.
iPhoneography (i.e. iPhone photography) is exploding in popularity, and undoubtedly many people jumping into the craze will want to share their work in a non-digital way in addition to broadcasting their photos on the Interwebs. The Boo Box by hatchcraft is a handmade bamboo frame designed specifically for iPhone photographs. It’s available in three different colors (light, mixed, and dark) and costs $20 from the hatchcraft store.
By the way, hatchcraft was started by Shane Rich, the guy who created the “Million Dollar Homepage of Photography” that we featured at the beginning of the year.
The soft cases that are often bundled with higher-end lenses are good for preventing minor scrapes and bruises, but offer little when it comes to protecting your glass against harsher dangers. The BETA Shell line of SLR lens cases are designed to guard your lens against most things extreme environments can throw at them, offering protection from water, impacts, and extreme temperatures.
The cases range in price from $45 to $84 depending on the size of your lens, and are available through the official website.
BETA Shell (via PDN)
Now that you’re older and not playing with stuffed animals any more, you’re probably not keeping coins in a piggy bank either. Instead, you can save up for your next camera or lens with this awesome “piggy bank” that look like a Canon 350D with an 24-105mm L lens attached. Coins are inserted through a slit in the lens, and can fill up the camera body as well. it’s available for about $23 over at 100milligrams.
Sorry that this year’s list of awesome photography gifts comes even later than last year’s… we’ll try to have it ready earlier in 2011. This year we have 10 fun, novel, and/or useful gifts for photography-lovers you love…
I don’t know about you, but if it weren’t for the protective case on my smartphone, it would have probably needed to be replaced a long time ago. If cell phones have protective skins and cases, why shouldn’t cameras? Camera Armor is a protective case that’s custom designed for each separate DSLR model, and is available for both Canon and Nikon bodies — and a few others as well.
In addition to the silicon body skin, the system also includes protection for your lens, LCD screen, and other individual components of your kit. The cost of this protection is $40, which is pretty cheap compared to some of the novelty items we’ve featured here.
Camera Armor (via Doobybrain)