Holiday Gifts for Animal Lovers

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Whether you want to photograph your pets, pamper them, study them, or memorialize them for eternity, B&H has a wide array of gifts that will appeal to animal enthusiasts. Let’s have a look at a few possibilities.

Fisheye Lenses

Not for fish, but perfect for taking fun pictures of your dog, cat, or bunny rabbit. Extreme wide perspectives from a fisheye lens create pet portraits with exaggeratedly long noses and elongated whiskers. They are also great for capturing action shots, like a dog in mid-frisbee jump. Check out these screw-on fisheye lens adapters for camcorders from Opteka or the range of affordable Rokinon fisheye lenses for DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

Tutorials and How-To Books

To create those stunning images of your pet, a little help might be in order. Thankfully, a book like Dogtography exists to offer “tips, tricks, settings, and lens choices” to improve your dog photography. For tips that cover a wide range of pets, I recommend the book Norah Levine Pet Photography: The Secrets to Creating Authentic Pet Portraits.

Not a how-to, but rather a coffee table book with a foreword by Harrison Ford and an ambitious project at its core, Joel Sartore’s The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals, is a wonderful exploration featuring portraits of our planet’s most interesting and endangered animals.

GPS Tracking

The leader in GPS devices, Garmin, markets the DriveTrack 71 In-Vehicle Dog Tracker and GPS Navigator to track GPS-collared dogs. Primarily for tracking sporting dogs over wide stretches of land, this tracker works with select Garmin dog systems and shows the position of your dogs on topographical maps or BirdsEye satellite imagery, via Bluetooth connection to the dog system's handheld device.

For your pet, Case-Mate makes a glow-in-the-dark Apple Airtag Case for dog collars. This is not the tracker nor the collar, but the case to hold a single Apple AirTag securely and inconspicuously. The case is contoured to fit comfortably against your dog's neck and fits most standard-size collars.

Trail Cameras

Useful to farmers and hunters, but also to naturalists and those just interested in the wildlife around their backyard, trail cameras are available in a wide range of styles and models. Models such as the Bushnell Core S-4K No-Glow Trail Camera offer 30MP images and a “no-glow” flash, while others such as the Spypoint LINK-MICRO-LTE-V Cellular Trail Camera send images directly to your smart device.

Biology Slides

For budding scientists and educators, Konus makes numerous sets of prepared slides for studying animal tissues with microscopes. For example, the Konus #4855 Zoology Slide Set: Fish, Frogs & Other Amphibians includes ten prepared glass slides containing various sections of a dogfish shark, freshwater fish, and tissue from salamander and frogs.

Decorative Camera Gear

For pet photographers, or any photographer who wants to show their wild side, LensSkins makes paw print pattern protective skins for your lenses. Easy to install and remove, these cute designs are available for a wide range of lenses and provide protection to your lens barrel with a super-thin (1mm) 3M UV vinyl coating that guards your lens against incidental scratches and bumps.

Finally, for photographer friends seeking to flaunt their wild side, have a look at Capturing Couture’s Cheetah Pattern Camera Strap. This 1.5" strap will work with any camera and features a comfortable neck pad with a plush velvet surface and nylon webbing for durability.

If you have any questions or ideas for gifts available for the animal lovers in your circle, please leave a comment below. We always like to hear from our readers.

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