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‘Tis the season, and buying photography gifts for people is never easy, or cheap. In this guide I show you how to make some largely useless photography related presents, that may or may not help the person you buy them for. The good news is that they all cost pretty much nothing!
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no no no no absolutely not I looked ridiculous hang on yes so there are a couple reasons for this video number one I don't really have much time at the moment obviously I'm I'm an elf it's December and number two I've noticed every sin years that lots of people at Christmas and not getting presents for people that they don't particularly want to have to buy presents for and sometimes those people that they're buying presents for like photography and I always get questions saying what should I buy this person I don't really want to spend all that much money which is tricky really because a lot of photography stuff is quite expensive so I've come up with a few solutions who which to be honest I'm not 100% confident about now this right here is the bit kit that I get asked about the most not any cameras not any tripods nothing like that this not the flash what's on top of the flash there's tiny little softbox and it's very useful considering its size it diffuses like wonderfully and people always ask me who makes it Polaroid trouble is it's eight pounds last time I checked which is a lot of money to spend if you don't want to spend it in the first place but so what I found is that you can very cheaply and easily replicate that softbox with stuff that lives in the kitchen namely some tin foil and some baking paper so you just put the tin foil around like so and then take a bit of baking paper and then just shove that in and Bob's your uncle that is a wonderful diffuser next up any photographer worth his or her salt has one of these it's a little pouch to keep mesti cards in or other types of cards you normally have a lot of cards it's important to keep them nice and safe trouble is this again costs like four or five pounds seven or eight dollars too much so what I like to do is this is an ice cube bag now don't you think can you think in James surely you've had to cut holes in that to get the memory cards in and yes yes I have and you probably thinking well surely the cards just fall out all the time then no no they don't they only fall out some of the time so exceeds expectations number three is lentils I've done a video in the past about lanterns about how useful and important they are and can be trouble is a lot of lenses get shipped without hoods and you have to buy third-party ones or you have to buy the official ones for way too much money but even the third-party cheap plastic ones you know pounds or dollars so what I do is make them out of cardboard and tape as you can see it's quite solid that's not going anywhere except backwards quite quickly but other than that perfect I mean you can't see it through the through the lens I mean you could you can push that back a bit now you can still see it this is an egg timer from Ikea if you were watching my videos from the very start you'll know I use this extensively in New Zealand for time lapses I've super glued a little color on what this is called thing up here to attach your camera or your phone and well it just just spins around over a period of time while it's taking time lapses looks quite nice now suddenly this did cost me about 10 pounds but that's a tiny amount of money compared to the purpose-built ones or it was last year they might have dropped in price so I haven't looked in a while but maybe even if they are the same price you better off making one because then it looks cheaper I mean the last thing you want to do for someone you don't like is give them the impression you've got them a really good present so definitely get the homemade lob Oh have you seen photography gloves basically they've got like a hole in the index finger and the thumb something you can press buttons easily in the cold I think the best solution is to have normal gloves on and then just before you press any buttons on your camera just take it off and then press the buttons and then and then put your glove back on so not just a hat rack that's all the suggestions I have and I don't talk about video in which case don't buy the person an expensive tailor-made dead cut for your microphone get a furry sock just pop that on and it's probably just as effective without looking weird at all as you can tell them I'm clutching at straws here I mean if you've got any of your own suggestions do do write in the comments if you new to this the comments is is probably where you're going to find the useful the useful stuff thanks for watching in light of me trying to do very quick videos at the moment because I don't have much time I thought that coming up soon I could do a Q&A because I've done a Q&A in ages and there are a few more people that watch these videos now so also in the comments feel free to leave any questions you've got for me preferably not about this and I'll I'll do a video answering them thanks watching perfect