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Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Photographers

As we wind down 2010, everyone seems to be searching for unique gifts and stocking stuffers for the holidays. As the distributors of quite a few unusual photographic products, we can offer a few suggestions. If you’ve got a friend who’s into photography (or just want to get something nice for yourself) read on for some ideas…

The Strobist Collection

David Hobby & Rosco present The Strobist CollectionOne of the most popular blogs for photographers, www.Strobist.com is a great place to learn to use off-camera flash techniques. Using gels on multiple strobe units can create some really striking lighting effects. David Hobby, the founder of Strobist.com, spoke with our friends at Rosco labs about packaging some of their most useful gels for “strobists” pre-cut to fit precisely over a standard strobe unit. These 55 pieces of filter come in a convenient clamshell case that fits into any pocket or camera bag; all you need is a piece of tape to hold them in place…

(Contact us to find your local dealer, or shop for the Strobist Collection online.)

microGAFFER Compact Gaffer Tape

microGAFFER tape compared to standard 1" and 2" rolls of gaffer tape

Gaffer tape is a wonderful thing. It may be the most useful thing on a set, next to the camera itself (and the photographer.) The problem is, it’s HUGE! A roll of gaffer tape can easily weigh more than your camera. A while back, we noticed how ridiculous that was and invented microGAFFER. It’s identical to professional gaffer tape, but fits in your pocket (or camera bag; or glove compartment.)

(Contact us to find your local dealer, or shop for microGAFFER tape online.)

3″ Circular LitePad and AA Battery Pack

3 inch circular LitePad

We love, love, love LitePad. The 3″ circular LitePad is thin, lightweight, and can be powered by your choice of a wall outlet, your car’s cigarette lighter adapter, or (best of all) AA batteries. Being able to take a daylight-balanced light source anywhere (along with your imaging tool of choice, be it camera or iPhone) makes it possible to capture all kinds of wonderful photos from daily life.

(Contact us to find your local dealer, or shop for the 3″ circular LitePad or LitePad AA battery pack online.)

Steadybag Junior

Steadybag Junior supporting a Leica point-and-shoot cameraWhile the standard three-pound Steadybag is a bit too big to fit in a standard stocking, the half-pound, 7″x5.25″ Steadybag Junior is perfect. And it’s perfect for supporting any point-and-shoot camera, allowing you to use longer exposure times and lower ISO settings — which means less noise in your shots. It lasts for years (unlike a beanbag), comes in three great colors (again: unlike a beanbag), doesn’t attract insects or mice (absolutely not like a beanbag), and sets up in about one second.

(Contact us to find your local dealer, or shop for the Steadybag Junior online.)

Need More Ideas?

If you’re still stuck on just what to get for that special someone, give us a call! We can make recommendations for just about any type of photographer or filmmaker, young or old, amateur or professional.

Introducing microGAFFER Gaffer Tape

Note: We’re pleased to announce that microGAFFER® now has its own website, featuring all new colors and packages!

microGAFFER packages contain 4 rolls of tape

This is professional, high-quality gaffer tape… in a much more convenient form.

Ahhh, gaffer tape (or is it “gaffa tape”, “gaff tape”, or any number of other terms?) Whatever you call it, it’s possibly the most useful piece of gear on a stage or set, whether large or small. And hoo boy, is it convenient: So light! So compact! So pocketable! (Err… wait, are we still talking about gaffer tape?)

As a matter of fact, we are. Presenting a new product from Visual Departures: microGAFFER® tape. microGAFFER is identical to professional gaffer tape in all ways except the problematic ones: size and weight. Use it anywhere you’d use standard-size gaffer’s tape: secure cabling and other equipment, make minor repairs, block out staging, label control boards, and more. It tears off easily and leaves almost no residue, just like gaffer’s tape (because that’s what it is.)

The difference is, it’s so compact, you can buy several rolls and keep them wherever you need them. Keep one in your car’s glove compartment; one in your backpack; one in your SLR camera bag (and each of your other gear bags); you can even keep one in your pocket. Now, when you find a problem on the set or location, your solution will be within arm’s reach — solve the problem and move on.

Back in the bad old days, many pro photographers would hack around the problem of too-large tape rolls by tearing off a bunch of gaffer tape and then re-wrapping it around the legs of their tripods, tearing off little bits as needed. We’re happy to say that those days are now past us. Buy microGAFFER online or find your local microGAFFER reseller and try a few rolls!

microGAFFER tape compared to standard 1" and 2" rolls of gaffer tape

Specifications and Dimensions

  • Each multi-pack contains 4 rolls (2 Black, 1 Grey, 1 White)
  • Each roll is 1 inch wide by 8 yards long
  • Made in the USA
  • Also available in standard sizes & widths
microGAFFER by the Numbers
Standard Gaffer Tape microGAFFER® Tape
Length 60 yds. 8 yds.
Width 2″ 1″
Diameter 6 3/8″ 2 1/2″
Weight 2 lbs. 2.2 oz. (1/8 lb.)