MacVoices #18229: MacVoices Holiday Gift Guide #4

The fourth Holiday Gift Guide panel featured photo and video utilities, portable power options, stocking stuffers, and a special recommendation that could save you $500 on a piece of photography gear if you act quickly. These and many more recommendations come from the panel of David GinsburgJean MacDonaldFrederick Van Johnson, and host Chuck Joiner.


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Chuck Joiner is the producer and host of MacVoices. You can catch up with what he’s doing on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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David Ginsburg is the President of the Suburban Chicago Apple Users Group, and is an IT professional supporting Mac, iOS and Windows users. Find and follow him on Twitter as @daveg65. You can also hear him share his knowledge on his podcast, In Touch With iOS and sharing a love of horse racing on Off The Charts.

Jean MacDonald is the Community Director of, and the Founder and former Executive Director of App Camp For Girls, a program to encourage more girls to pursue software development. She is also a serial podcaster who produces SestraCast, a podcast about the Canadian sci-fi thriller Orphan Black, The Weekly Review with James Dempsey, Micro Monday, and Guinea Pig Wheekly. A would-be rock ‘n roll star, you can follow all of Jean’s exploits on her Twitter stream and her presence.

Frederick Van Johnson is a professional photographer host of This Week in Photo, and founder of the TWiP Network – one of the world’s most popular photography-related podcast media properties. Frederick also consults on marketing with a number of photography industry companies. Frederick began his career as a Combat Photojournalist in the United States Air Force, where he served for 8 years, and was decorated many times for photography. Frederick’s unit was among the first in the military to receive, and put into daily action early digital imaging hardware and software. As a result, he was awarded the Air Force Commendation medal for his key role in facilitating the US Air Force transition from film to digital. After the military, Frederick went on to study visual communication at the University of California in Santa Barbara, California. Frederick also studied at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, where he ultimately became Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Frederick was also a key member of team responsible for the development of iPhoto, Apple’s award-winning photo management application. Highly knowledgeable on multiple disciplines of photography, technology, and Internet trends – Frederick is able to discuss how emerging trends and technologies effect and benefit both amateur and professional photographers. Frederick is also author of the popular book “Global Mobile, Connecting without Wires, Walls, or Borders”. Today Frederick lives in Sacramento, California, and continues to practice photography whenever possible. He has also been known to sneak in playing a game or two on his PlayStation or flying his drone from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter.


MacVoices Gift Guide 2018 – All The Picks – complete list on the MacVoices Blog

MacVoices Gift Guide 2018 – available on Flipboard on the web, and in the Flipboard iOS App


David Ginsburg’s Picks

iHome iBTW39G Bluetooth Clock radio QI Charging

Osmo Mobile 2 smartphone gimbal 

Flickr Pro Membership

OWC Travel Dock

Jean MacDonald’s Picks

Anker SoundCore Mini, Super-Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone 

Anker PowerCore 5000, Ultra-Compact 5000mAh External Battery

 Jackery Mini 3350mAh Portable Charger – External Battery Pack

Skiva CB137 USBLink Short Lightning Duo 2-in-1 Sync and Charge Cables with Lightning and micro USB connectors

Poweradd Slim 2 5000mAh Ultra-compact Portable Power Bank External Battery Pack

Dyson Airwrap Complete Styler Hair Styling Set – Pre-Styling Dryer, 4 Curling Barrels, 2 Smoothing Brushes and Volumizing Brush 

Frederick Van Johnson’s Picks

GX85WK BUNDLE – Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 4K WiFi Digital Camera & 12-32mm, 45-1500mm Lenses

Picr – CRM for Creatives –

RODE NT-USB Microphone 

Apple iPhone XS Max

Mac Sports WTC-111 Outdoor Utility Wagon

Anker PowerCore Fusion, Portable Charger 5000mAh with Dual USB Wall Charger

eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack

PANASONIC LUMIX GH4 Body 4K Mirrorless Camera



Chuck Joiner’s Picks


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