Here we are, one sleep away from Christmas day. It’s a busy time of year and sometimes we find ourselves on the cusp of Christmas but still needing a gift or two. Don’t panic! If those last gifts are for either a photographer or nature lover, here are a few last minute gift ideas. And since they are downloads, you don’t need to worry about running out to a store and battling the crowds of shoppers. You can simply purchase them, download them and then email the link or file to the person you’ve bought it for. Or, put it on a USB stick for them. Easy! But also great gifts.
Here’s an absolutely fabulous app that any photographer or nature lover would be happy to receive for Christmas:
POLE TO POLE by Paul Nicklen.
Paul Nicklen’s app, Pole To Pole
Paul is a wildlife and conservation photographer from Canada and produces some of the BEST wildlife images I’ve ever seen. He does a lot of underwater photography, producing both unique and visually stunning images. I recently purchased Paul’s app and was absolutely blow away by it! It would be an understatement to say that his photography is stunning. Some of his underwater images are mesmerizing, such the image below of penguins swimming.
Image by Paul Nicklen
Not only is Paul a phenomenal photographer, but he is also a gifted storyteller. What I really love about his app is that he supports his great images with stories about what he had to go through to make the image. He also includes natural history in his writing, to give readers a better understanding of the species he photographs.
Paul Nicklen, Pole To Pole
There are also some great video clips showing how Paul goes about getting his images – all I can say is that this guy is dedicated! What he has to go through to get those amazing images!
Paul Nicklen, behind the scene….
You absolutely cannot go wrong with this app as a gift. Even if the person you are buying for isn’t a photographer, I still think they’d really like this.
Image by Paul Nicklen
Another app that you just cannot go wrong with is:
Jim Brandenburg’s, Chased By The Light
Jim Brandenburg’s app
This first came out as a print book, but I think the app is monumentally better. Not only does it tell the story of Jim’s adventure and self-challenge of only exposing one frame of film each day for 90 days, but many of his images are stunning.
I also love that Jim’s app is interactive in that there are pages with imbedded video. It might include a short clip of him explaining why he made a certain image for that day or what the challenges were in making that image.
There is also additional information imbedded in some of the images. You simply click on the “i” to bring up the additional info.
And, if you love Jim’s images so much that you want one hanging on your wall, you can click on a link that will take you to his website where you can purchase a print. You also have the ability to share one of the images by clicking on the Facebook link.
I would highly recommend this to nature photographers, but also anyone with an interest in nature.
And finally, I couldn’t end this blog post without including my own new e-book 😉
Flowers: fine art photography techniques and tips.
If you are buying for a photographer or a flower-lover who also enjoys photography, this is the book for them! I describe some very straightforward techniques for creating beautiful fine art flower photos.
My new e-book, a 109 page downloadable pdf, available on my 44th Parallel Photography website.
It’s packed with vibrant images and many examples of putting the techniques into practice.
Sample page from Flowers: fine art photography techniques and tips
I’ve also got a large section on creative flower photography.
For anyone who loves flowers and loves to capture their beauty with a camera, this is a must-have.