It is that time of the year again. You know, the shopping season. That time from 12:01 am on the friday after thanksgiving until you just can’t take it any more. Well, not to feel left out, I have come up with a collection of cool stuff to buy that special person in your life, and if that special person is yourself, even better. So here we go with part 1:

For the book lover in the house:


  • The Exposure Digital Field Guide by Alan Hess (yup, my book) Hey, if I can’t plug my own book on my blog, then who will? This is a general photography book that covers the basics of exposure. Shutter speed, aperture, ISO and all that jazz. The book is under $20 and if it isn’t in your local store it is available at and Barnes and buy it HERE or HERE
  • Within the Frame by David duChemin. This is one of those must have books for any photographer. It retails for about $40 and is worth every penny. David has a new book out; VisionMongers and I am sure it is great but I haven’t read it yet so I can’t recommend it but every one I know who has read it is raving. David’s website with all his info is HERE.
  • The Hot Shoe Diaries by Joe McNally. Great book on lighting and even though it isn’t meant just for Nikon shooters, it might not be the best fit for a non Nikon shooter. Joe has shot everybody and everything from Stealth bombers to seals and explains in clear language what he did and more importantly why he did it. Joe has a blog with all his info HERE.
  • The Dome by Stephen King. I know it isn’t a photography book but I am a huge Stephen King fan and am enjoying his latest work. The only downside is that the book is so big I need a hand truck to cart it around.
  • Studio and Location Lighting Secrets by Rick Sammon and Vered Koshlano. Just to be clear up front, I was the technical editor on this book but I don’t get paid more if it sells more, I just really like this book. Photo lighting explained clearly and simply with enough guest examples that you feel like you can handle just about anything. The book is available HERE.

For the Music Lover in the house:


  • Walk Through The Fire by Mark Karan. I love this album. Full disclosure time here, I did work on the artwork and Mark is a good friend but I really like this album. For those who don’t know, Mark is a fantastic guitar player, singer, songwriter, etc… He has been the lead guitar player fro Bob Weir and RatDog for 11 years while at the same time writing and performing his own tunes and some killer covers with Jemimah Puddleduck. His first studio album features a variety of friends lending a hand including a track with the late great Delany Bramlett. It is available at, itunes and everywhere music is sold.
  • Odd by Keller Williams. This album has the song Doobie in my Pocket on it. I love that tune and the rest of Kellers music. Every time I see him I leave impressed.

For the Photoshop user in the house:

  • National Association of Photoshop Professionals Membership. Whew.. thats a mouthful, lets just call it NAPP, everybody else does. I have been a member for more than 8 years and it has paid for itself over and over agin in that time. You can find out all about NAPP and benefits at  The magazine alone is worth the membership.
  • Layers Magazine. So technically not strictly a photoshop magazine but one that covers all the Adobe products. And while some might think that the coverage of other products is a negative, I actually find it to be one of the best things about the magazine since it gives me ideas.

So here is the good news, There is a one day sale on both NAPP memberships and Layers magazine. Join or renew NAPP MEMBERSHIP (includes a subscription to Photoshop User magazine) and get six months added to your membership FREE.  Use Promo Code: NAPPCYBER call 800-738-8513 or sign up online HERE. Subscribe or renew your subscription to Layers Magazine and get 9 months added to your subscription FREE. Call 877-622-8632 or subscribe online HERE. Use Promo Code: LYCYBER