The proliferation of decent smartphone cameras and social media has turned us all into photographers. But there are still those among us who stand out, either though sheer dedication to capturing every single moment of our lives or simply because, well, we're really good at taking pictures.
If you’re shopping for presents for one such shutterbug, peruse our collection of gear below – you’re sure to snap up the ideal Christmas gifts.
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Weye Feye (£100)
XSories’ nifty product transforms a computer or Android or iOS device into a wireless remote control for DSLRs. Once connected, Weye Feye allows users to remotely adjust the camera’s ISO, white balance, aperture and focus from up to 80 metres away, as well as take photos and video clips. Shots and footage captured can then be directly stored in the cloud, shared on social networks or moved to a mobile device or computer. It’s compatible with most Nikon and Canon cameras.
Buy the Weye Feye here
Foldio (from US$50)
Fact: you’ll have more success selling tat on Ebay if you take nice photos of said tat. Crazy, eh? The good news is that it’s now easier than ever to give your pics a pro sheen. Just invest in Foldio, a portable mini studio with built-in LED lights, and your every shot will look like something from a John Lewis catalogue.
Buy Foldio here
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Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens for Samsung Galaxy (£60)
Why should the iPhone get all the photo accessory fun? Olloclip has now created a version of its versatile 4-in-1 lens for Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5 phones, giving Galaxians four special photography skills: fisheye, wide-angle, 10x macro and 15 x macro.
Of course iPhones continue to be catered for too: there's also a new version for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (currently on pre-order but expected to ship by the end of November, so it should be safely under your tree by Christmas Day). Not splashed out on a new iPhone yet? You can buy models to fit most previous iPhones, plus iPad Air and Mini.
Buy the olloclip here
ThinkTank Retrospective 5 (£110)
Don’t be fooled by the Retrospective 5’s handsome old-fashioned looks – it’s every bit the modern camera bag.
Able to accommodate a DSLR and one to three extra lenses, or a compact system camera and four to six lenses, it sports a hook-and-loop front flap that can be opened soundlessly: ideal for anyone shooting in places where noise isn’t wanted (concert halls or the outdoors when skittish animals are about).
It also rocks a removeable rain cover, which’ll doubtless come in handy all the year round.
Buy the ThinkTank Retrospective 5 here
Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fibre Tripod (£360)
The Rolls-Royce of tripods, especially for anyone with an aversion to lugging around heavy gear, the MT190CXPRO4 - catchy name - is constructed of carbon fibre – a super-strong but lightweight material best known for its use in Formula 1 cars. That means that despite being able to hold up to 7kg of camera, lens and flash, it weighs a mere 1.65kg. It also has such treats as an extendable central column which moves both horizontally and vertically, a built-in bubble level and super-compact 4-section legs which help it stow away nicely.
Buy the Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fibre Tripod here
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