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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Great State Classic Skinny strap review images (1 of 8)ISO 1001-100 sec at f - 2.0

It’s no secret that photography gear is very expensive and that the hobby is general isn’t a cheap one. But there are gifts that you can snag for the photographer in your life (or yourself) that won’t break the bank too much or even at all. We’ve spent a week perusing deals and thinking of ideas for really affordable but solid gifts for the photographer under $100.

Here’s our roundup of gifts under $100.

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STEADSNAP

Photographers (namely sports shooters) looking for a way to go between their monopods/tripods and their sling straps may want to check out the brand new Steadsnap. It’s a low profile adapter that mounts onto the bottom of your camera and lets you connect both a tripod mounting plate and a sling strap connector.

Created by photographers Yuri and Dmitri in Canada, the Steadsnap was inspired by the daily rigors that a medical photographer at a hospital has to go through (as Yuri is one.) He needs to shoot both photos and video, and needed a more seamless transition. As the video after the jump shows, you can consider the Steadsnap almost like a hub for all your mounting accessories providing that your tripod and monopod use the same type of heads and threads.

According to the company’s blog, the prototypes were made from a single piece of aluminum until they decided to change to steel, but more on par with the same materials that aircraft machinery is made from. You can pick yours up for $34.99.

Their demo video is after the jump.

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When shooting macro images, you don’t need the most top of the line gear or even the best camera. What you need instead is an effective setup to give you better images. If you’re using a macro lens with the ambient light in your home, you should know that you can spend a little bit of money and get so much more from the images without needing to crank up your camera’s ISO. This actually results in a bigger loss of details. The best way to do it is to go for an affordable lens, tripod and a great lighting setup for cheap.

Here are some of our favorite items to use for macro photography projects at home for under $500.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer's Introduction to Pinhole Photography (1 of 1)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Pinhole photography has to be one of the most beautiful forms of the art. It forces a photographer to rely on great composition, exposure timing, and creative ideas to yield a beautiful image. But fair warning: you won’t be doing any pixel peeping or anything else technical aside from figuring out your exposure in the first place.

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The Heirloom has to be one of the weirder Kickstarter initiatives that we’ve seen in a while. It’s looking to replace a table top tripod, and is also looking to balance your camera on top of its super soft and plushy self. Essentially, it’s a glorified beanbag that’s designed to morph and conform to its surroundings while balancing a camera on top of it. But it’s not only being aimed at mirrorless and point and shoot camera folks–they’re also pitching it to mobile shooters.

To be honest though, I can’t exactly see myself carrying around a bean bag that looks like a tomato just for the purpose of stability. But the idea itself is pretty novel.

The Kickstarter video is after the jump; and we still think it’s a pretty cute idea.

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I am lucky enough to live in a city which is near several beautiful public gardens. It provides a wonderful way to spend the day as well as make photographs. It would seem that there are many who agree with me from counting the many cameras hanging from other people’s necks.

Many people only think of Spring as the ideal time to visit a public garden. However, if the gardens in my community are any indication, it’s worth a visit anytime of the year. Here are some tips to make the most of your time, especially this summer season.

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