Louise Westbrooke Photography | My Christmas Wish List

My Christmas Wish List

December 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Christmas is getting closer; it's time to start thinking about Christmas shopping. I'm not really one for shopping, so the idea fills me with dread. I know I should get organised, so that I can do my shopping on-line and not worry about it arriving in time. But I'd much rather think about things I'd like to buy for myself!!! 

Here are the items I'd love to find under my tree this year:

1. Nat Geo Private Collection Midi Messenger

I'm obsessed with bags. I've been on a life long mission to find the 'perfect' bag. However, I've come to realise that that is no perfect bag, just bags that are perfect for a certain situation. Camera bags are no different. I've got numerous big camera bags, back packs, bulky messengers etc., which are great for paid jobs when I need to carry a lot of gear, but I'm trying to find a smaller bag. Big enough to hold my large, heavy camera and lens, plus a spare battery, memory cards, my phone/purse/keys etc., but small enough to use everyday. I also want a bag that is stylish and doesn't look like a camera bag, that is comfortable to carry, and is designed to carry heavy gear (ie. the straps are well stitched and not the kinda material that just splits). You would think such a bag would be easy to find, but believe me, it's not! Although I've not seen it in real life, the Nat Geo Private Collection Midi Messenger looks like it would fit the bill and I love the colour. It's stylish, offers protection for your camera, but doesn't scream "camera bag". It looks big enough to carry minimal gear for a days shooting, without being huge and a pain to carry about. You can see more about it here.

2. Gregory Crewdson - Twighlight

I love photobooks. There is something special about seeing an image printed and there is nothing better than a rainy Sunday, thumbing through photobooks in front of the fire to inspire me. This one (or any book by Gregory Crewdson to be honest) is top of my list. I recently discovered Gregory Crewdson via a photography documentary. His work is amazing! His photos are cinematic and often surreal images of American life and look to me like a still from Twin Peaks or similar. He achieves this look by elaborately staging an area, either a real street or a set and using lighting rigs and a crew to bring his image to life. He also uses a large format camera, which captures an insane amount of detail, although he is not actually the one behind the camera. From what I understand, he frames up the image, but a member of his crew actually operates the camera. I've not come across anyone else who works like this, its almost like he is the director of a still image production. The results are pretty spectacular. There is a film about him too, which I'd love to watch. You can find out more here.

3. Canon 85mm f1.8 USM

There are many lenses that I would love to own, but until I win the lottery, I'll settle for this one. The 85mm is considered a good focal length for portraits and the 1.8 maximum aperture gives a lovely background blur. I enjoy shooting portraits, so would love a nice prime lens to use for this purpose. It would also add to my limited collection of primes, meaning I could cover a better range of focal lengths and not rely as much on my 24-105 f4 L zoom lens. As lenses go, its pretty reasonable price wise so I might be able to afford it at some point. After I've upgraded my back up camera body... and my computer... and decorated my home office.. yeah...

4. WD My Passport Wireless Wi-Fi 1 TB Mobile Storage

I could really do with a new external hard drive, as I'm currently backing up on my husband's drive. The My Passport Wireless hard drive is not only an external hard drive, but also a portable back-up device. It has a rechargeable battery and an SD card slot, meaning that you can back up on the job. You can also connect up to eight devices to wirelessly access files. The ability to back up in the field would be great, both for paid jobs and travel, so this product would kill two birds with one stone. You can read a review of this product here.

5. Fujifilm X-Pro1

At around £800 body only, there is zero chance Santa is going to bring me this. But hey, this is a wish list, right? In my spare time, I do a bit of street photography and I'd love a camera that is is portable, offers full manual control and at least gets close to the quality of the images produced by my SLR. The Fuji X-Pro1 seems to fit the bill. Although it has a cropped sensor, the image quality apparently rivals that of full fame sensor cameras. Its got an optical view finder, which many of the mirror-less systems lack, and interchangeable lenses for different shooting situations. Style wise, it's a traditional looking camera. As a lover of old film cameras, I like the asthetic of this camera body, as well as the features it offers. I can't imagine I'll stop using my SLR any time soon, especially for paid work, but the X-Pro1 would make a great 'fun' camera and would be a lot easier to carry round than my Canon 6D. I'm sure I'm going to end up with arthritis in later life, so a smaller camera would be beneficial to reduce this risk!!

I realise that I'd be extremely luck to find any of the above items under my tree, as photography gear doesn't come cheap... but a girl can dream. What photography items are on your Christmas wish list?


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