Dear Santa, these are the six things on my photography list I want for Xmas

My xmas list 2023
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Gift giving is difficult at the best of times and when it comes to photography the possibilities are endless, but this often means those unfamiliar with photography are overwhelmed with choice. I think this is why we end up with so many lens-shaped mugs! I have given an insight into 6 things that are on my Xmas list, to act as an insight into what a professional photographer might ask Santa for. 

Godox Lux Junior Retro Camera Flash

Godox Lux Junior Retro Camera Flash
I am a huge fan of Godox lights, and this little flash would be perfect for my Fujifilm X100F. Its vintage aesthetic matches that of Fujifilm cameras, and provides a cool flash option. This flash, much like the X100 range is small and compact, meaning it doesn't take up a lot of space. Perfect for family events or parties the Lux Junior is a really interesting creative tool. 

Peter Lindbergh: On Fashion Photography

Peter Lindbergh: On Fashion Photography
Peter Lindbergh may just be my favorite photographer of all time, and this book is a huge selection of his fashion work. Although out since 2020 I have borrowed this book from the library, and read it every week this year. It is filled with over 300 images that are not your typical fashion photography. Much like all of Lindbergh's work, it is raw and authentic forcing a connection with the viewer - I NEED a permanent copy! 

Fujifilm GF 110mm f/2 R WR Lens

Fujifilm GF 110mm f/2 R WR Lens
The ultimate portrait lens for the Fujifilm GFX system, this is one of the best Fujifilm lenses on the market. Having used the lens on several occasions I would love to make this part of my permanent collection. It provides pin-sharp image quality and the linear motor enables fast Af with the Fujifilm GFX 50S II. I have a new portrait project starting in the new year and this lens would be ideal!

Ethiopia: A Photographic Tribute to East Africa's Diverse Cultures & Traditions by Joey L 

Ethiopia: A Photographic Tribute to East Africa's Diverse Cultures & Traditions by Joey L 
Joey L is a photographer I have followed for many years, and his portraiture is a big inspiration to me. This book features 13 years of photographs taken on his travels to Ethiopia, a country Joey L has visited for most of his life. It includes portraiture and both the iconic landmarks and landscapes found exclusively within Ethiopia.

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Lexar 128GB Professional 2000x UHS-II SDXC Memory Card

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My biggest tip for gifts for photographers is photography books!

One of my biggest passions is photography books, and I found it hard not to fill the list full of them. I love the medium, and I don't think photographers utilize them enough, as a source of inspiration. As well as being beautiful pieces of art, they serve as a motivation to better my work. 

The best thing about photography books for gifts is there is one about any subject you can imagine, making gift-giving simple! Just search for a photography book around one of the recipient's interests and you're sure to be on to a winner. 

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Kalum Carter
Staff Writer

Kalum Carter is a UK-based photographer, writer, and photo editor. Kalum has been working as a freelance photographer for the best part of ten years, covering a wide range of assignments for well-known brands and publications in areas including portraiture, fashion, and documentary. 


Between commercial assignments, Kalum is currently working on a personal photography project exploring his connection to the Gower region of South Wales UK, as part of an MA in Photography from The University of West England.