I am a very simple, minimalistic, what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of person, and that translates into my work as well. I don’t have a lot of frills when it comes to my photography set up or editing. BUT there are a few tools of the trade that I use on the regular that I think would be remiss for me NOT to mention, seeing as how today is Cyber Monday. So I’ve compiled a SHORT list of a few of my favorite photog related things that I seriously couldn’t live without. Please note I have not be perked or paid to promote any of these items listed below. I am sincerely linking to them because I use them close to every day (if not every day) and I genuinely think if you don’t already have these tools, you could benefit from them too. And as you’ll see from this short list, I don’t use a whole lot of STUFF, but what I do use is AMAZING for my workflow. 🙂
VSCO Presets – These presets are my jam! I use them pretty much exclusively to edit all my images (both client and personal images alike). They don’t have a Cyber Monday deal but they did recently drop ALL their packs down to $59 each to celebrate their 4 year anniversary. According to their Facebook page the deal will run indefinitely but if I were you I’d run to grab a few sets before they change their minds! 😉 VSCO also has my all time favorite iPhone editing app everrrrrr….. Click HERE for their film presets. And HERE for the app. Trust me. You’re welcome.
Blog Stomp – I use this program to create all the lovely photo collages you see on my blog and Facebook page. Just like Smart Albums (see below), it’s so intuitive and virtually does all the work for you. It creates the photo collage, resizes them to the specs you want, and sharpens them for web. VOILA! I can get a blog post ready in just a few minutes. So easy and such a time saver! Their parent company sells a few different items, and they’re having a 30% off special for one item or 50% off two items. I say, the more the merrier! Click HERE for that sweet deal!
ShootProof – I use this as a way of delivering galleries to my clients. Recently, however, they have evolved into so much more than just a photo delivery system. They provide online storage, mobile apps, print + product sales, client management and more. There are so many new features even I don’t know the most of it! Through the end of tonight you can get 30% off an annual plan (or a plan upgrade, if you’re already a ShootProof user) by clicking HERE.
Smart Albums (by Pixellu) – This is the album design software I use for all my albums (again, both client and personal albums). It is so intuitive, so easy to use, so fast, so EVERYTHING I need in an album design program. They have labs upon labs upon labs of information so you know the album you’re designing will fit perfectly in the required specs. I can design a complete 20 spread album in seriously 5 minutes. And that’s with customization! Seriously, amazing. Through tonight, they are having their biggest sale EVER! Regularly the software ALONE is $299 but right now you can get the Smart Albums builder AND 1 year of cloud proofing together for only $199 (regularly $498 total). Learn more about Smart Albums HERE.
And that’s it! See? Super minimalistic. I edit my photos using VSCO on the daily. Use BlogStomp to get them ready to sneak peek on Facebook or go on the blog. Then I upload complete galleries to ShootProof to deliver to clients. And finally, Smart Albums when it’s time to design a gorrrrrgeous album. Easy peasy! What are some of your MUST HAVE tools?