What did Santa bring the photographers this year?

What did Santa bring the photographers this year?

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and was able to spend lots of time with family and friends.   As photographers I image we are pretty hard to buy for as we can be very specific on what it is we are looking for or want to use.    As I always like to learn more about photography I asked for some books to allow me to continue to learn.

Our Christmas Tree, Tokyo, Japan 2010.

One of the gifts my wife Mayumi gave me was a photography book that I have been wanting to get for a while now; Chris Orwig’s Visual Poetry.  Chris is a faculty member of the world renown Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California.   I completed his Adobe Lightroom course on lynda.com and really enjoyed it.    I get so much more out of Lightroom after taking this course.  I am currently taking his Adobe CS5 Photoshop for Photographers.   He has a few more advanced courses that I will take when I finish this 20 hours course.   I respond very well to his teaching style so I am really looking forward to learning his approach to photography.

Chris Orwig's Visual Poetry

My parents also picked me up two of Michael Freeman’s books.    Michael is one of the most widely published photographers with more than 120 books.   He has been published in most major international magazines and a three decade career photographing for Smithsonian.

Michael Freeman's Perfect Exposure

Michael Freeman's Light and Lighting in Digital Photography

What did Santa bring YOU this year?

Leave a comment below and let us know if Santa left you some photography toys.

Santa was also great to my son Kai this year….he came and left lots of gifts for Kai in exchange for a few Starbucks cookies.  My house is now full of Ben 10 toys from the US.

Letter from Santa, Christmas 2010, Tokyo, Japan

Thanks for stopping by today…


  • http://www.jhpactions.com John

    I got my new camera – Casio FC-100! It’s just a simple point-in-shoot but is has many great video features like shooting at 210 fps. It was recommended by Trey Ratcliff of Stuck in Customs and is what he is using to create his amazing videos of Tokyo.

    Santa delivered and I am having fun. Hoping to post some of my own creations soon of Sapporo.

    You can check out one of his videos here – http://vimeo.com/7051859

  • Jesse Davis

    We ARE hard to buy for 😉 my wife gave up and got me an iPad! I must have been very good this year!

  • Dave

    You are going to love it. Check out Zinio for your iPad, you can subscribe to all of the US magazines. Let me know if you find any cool apps.

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