Software + Product Resources
Photo Mechanic: Photo sorting, renaming, renumbering culling, and other tasks. I personally use this for quick culling, especially while I travel.
Adobe Lightroom: Photo sorting, renaming, renumbering, culling, editing, raw conversion and more. I personally use this for 99% of everything I do.
Adobe Photoshop: Photo editing software. I use this for more high-level post production work.
Adobe Bridge: Raw conversion and image editing
Capture One: Raw conversion and image editing
Pro Select: the number one portrait sales software for in-person sales
Album Design Software
Smart Albums: Album design software I personally use.
Fundy Designer: Album design software
Album Builder: Album design software
Adobe InDesign: Album design and powerful design software for other design use like websites, brochures, and more.
Pixieset: Online photo proofing (I use to use this before switching to Sprout Studio).
Shoot and Sell: iPad sales tool to show how your framed prints, canvasses, and wall art will look on your client’s walls.
Swift Galleries: sales tool to show how your framed prints, canvasses, and wall art will look on your client’s walls (I use to use this before switching to Sprout Studio).
Sprout Studio: See below under Studio Management Software
Studio Management Software
Sprout Studio: My personal favorite and what I use. All in one software featuring client management, contracts, photo galleries, album proofing, wall art design/sales, accounting, invoicing, workflows, custom branding, emailing, and more!
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Tave: All in one client and studio management. I personally used to use this before switching to Sprout Studio. Features client management, contracts, accounting, invoicing, emailing, and more.
Shoot Q: Features client management, contracts, accounting, invoicing, emailing, and more.
Studio Ninja: Features client management, contracts, accounting, invoicing, emailing, and more.
Cloud Backup Solutions
Backblaze: Cloud backup solution. Backblaze is personally what I use.
Crashplan: Cloud backup solution. Crashplan is what I used to use until they ditch personal plans and focused soley on businesses.
Sound Slides: Online slideshow software.
Show It: Online slideshow software.
Animoto: Online slideshows with the ability to save, upload to video sites like Youtube, and share on devices.
Pro Show Producer: Online slideshows with the ability to save and share on devices.
Adobe Spark: An app that creates videos or visual stories.
SmartSlides: Online slideshows – eventually with the ability to save, upload to video sites like Youtube, and share on devices. As of this writing (2/23/17) it does not, but the creators say that’s the next thing they are doing.
Online Payment Processing
Backblaze: Backblaze is an online cloud back service to backup all of your computers and connected hard drives.
Text Expander: Tool for creating custom keyboard shortcuts to add frequently used text or images.
Evernote: Flexible software to save almost anything. Once saved, your content can be searched for, sorted and is synced between devices.
DropBox: Used to store and easily transfer files between any computer, anywhere and anyone. I personally use this often to work on the go and transfer files to magazine photo editors.
WriteRoom: Distraction free writing software to remove everything from your screen apart from your cursor
Mind Node Pro: mind-mapping software to help plan and sort a project or idea and get it from a jumbled mess in your head onto your computer or paper.
Disk Drill: Mac data recovery software.
Time Trade: Online appointment scheduling software.
Freedom Software for productivity: and turning off apps or internet access altogether.
Adobe Send for Signature: Send documents to get signed across desktops, mobile, and the web.
Agree.com: Create and send contracts, accept payments and set up payment plans.
Rescue Time: Time tracking application. I personally use this to track my online computer use to find areas of wasted time.
Music Bed: Online paid and royalty free music resource.
Song Freedom: Online paid and royalty free music resource.
Triple Scoop Music: Online paid and royalty free music resource.
SoundCloud: Online paid and royalty free music resource.
YouTube Music: Online royalty free music and sound effects resource.
Video Creating + Editing
ScreenFlow: Mac software to record screen capture videos.
Camtasia: Windows software to record screen capture videos.
QuickTime: Free built-in for Macs record videos, screen capture, and audio recording by Apple. (No longer supports Windows)
Premiere Pro: Video editing software by Adobe
Final Cut Pro: Video editing software by Apple
WordPress.org: One of the world’s most popular website platforms
Siteground: My personal favorite hosting company