Resource Links

Software + Product Resources

Gear

Think Tank Photo: I love Think Tank bags and have used them for years. If you are looking for bags or accessories, check them out. You’ll also receive a free gift and free shipping from Think Tank when you use the link.

 

Photo Software

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 AlbumsAlbum design software I personally use.

Fundy DesignerAlbum design software

Album Builder: Album design software

Adobe InDesign: Album design and powerful design software for other design use like websites, brochures, and more.

 

Online Proofing

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!

Free Trail With 5% Off An Annual Plan

Free Trail With 10% Off A Monthly Plan

(These are affiliate links that will provide a free trial and save you money if you choose to move forward. It cost you nothing extra, but does help support the podcast and free education.)

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.

 

Slideshow Software

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

Paypal

Stripe

Authorize.Net

 

Productivity

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

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

 

Websites

WordPress.org: One of the world’s most popular website platforms

Siteground: My personal favorite hosting company