5 Perfect Gifts for Natural-Light-Loving Photographers

[Ed. note: This holiday season, Gizmodo has partnered with Tamron to bring you a series of gift guides for the photography buffs in your life. And because she has really great taste, we asked our friend Lisbeth Ortega from Photojojo to share the gear she's really excited about. Check out her picks below.]

The photographer in your life is 100% dedicated to the flash-free lifestyle. (We're not talking trench coats or Adobe here.) Natural light is their agenda, and they're sticking to it. While that rules out any gifts having to do with strobe lights or external flash, that doesn't mean you're stuck going the gift card route. Here are a few gadgets that they'll actually use!

Tamron's 17-50mm F/2.8 Zoom Lens

When you're shooting in natural light, you need a fast lens, and this one delivers with an f/2.8 aperture. Throw in Tamron's Vibration Compensation (VC) image stabilization, and your photos will be tack sharp even without the help of a flash. 17mm to 50mm provides the perfect range for wide angle shots (good for landscapes or tight spaces) and a standard 50mm angle, which is what the pros use for portraits. It's compatible with Canon, Nikon, and Sony cameras. Tamron SP 17-50mm F/2.8 Di II VC — $549*

The Wood Camera Tripod

For a natural light purist, a tripod is #1 on the essentials list for keeping their photos free of motion blur. This tripod's the dapper cousin of the plain black tripods we're all used to seeing. They're handcrafted from sustainable ash wood by Berlebach, a German company that's been making tripods for over 100 years. The ash wood naturally absorbs vibration, even better than aluminum, steel, or carbon, so you get top-notch stability wherever you may be shooting. The Expedition Wooden Tripod — $290

The White Balance Lens Cap

Shooting with natural light means your photos don't have the same consistent color temperature that flash gives you. To save your photos from looking too orange, blue, or green (and to save you the time from having to edit them), this lens cap takes the place of the grey card for truly accurate white balance. You'll never forget it, and it saves you from having to carry one extra thing. White Balance Lens Cap — $45

The iOShutter Camera Remote

Cable releases are lifesavers when it comes to keeping your long exposure photos sharp. The iOShutter uses the same idea but gives you way more control of your camera's shutter all from your iPhone. You can set off your shutter in 6 different ways: sound, motion, timed, in bulb-mode, as a single shot, or as a time-lapse. ioShutter Camera Remote — $70

The Pocket Pod

If you've heard of the shoelace trick, this is along the same lines. Just, y'know, refined. This palm-sized gadget has a retractable cord that attaches to your shoe. It uses the natural laws of gravity (i.e., tension) to stabilize your shot. Clever, no? Pocket Pod — $24

Head here to take a closer look at Tamron's entire line of lenses, and then come on back next week for five more gift ideas for the photographer in your life.


Lisbeth Ortega is head editor at Photojojo, an insanely great photography newsletter and shop. Whether it's DIY tutorials or can't-find-it-anywhere-else photo goodies at the Photojojo Store, Photojojo's on a mission to inspire and share the good word about the greatest photo stuff in the world. You may have caught Photojojo in The New York Times, ReadyMade, Wall Street Journal, and the CBS Early Show.
*With $100 mail-in rebate, valid through 12/31/12.