Helpful Resources for Photographers
I wanted to put together a list that would make it super easy to find solutions for your photography business needs. So, on this page, I’ll be sharing the different products, services, and resources for photographers that I’ve personally found to be helpful. Over time, I’ll update and add more to this post. Feel free to pin this on Pinterest and check back later to see what’s new.Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below and I may earn commissions for purchases made through the links in this post, but these are all products I highly recommend. I won't list anything on this page that I haven't personally used or verified.
Adobe Creative Cloud: Adobe Creative Cloud is an editing software subscription that gives you access to multiple photo-editing programs for one monthly price. There are different plans and pricing options available. I personally use and love the Photography Plan option, which includes both Photoshop and Lightroom for $9.99 per month USD.
The Photoshop Fanatic: The Photoshop Fanatic is an online course I created to help photographers learn Photoshop from the ground up. It’s a go-at-your-own-pace course that begins with a walk-through explanation of the various tools, layers, and filters in the program. It explains what they are, how to use them, and then builds on that knowledge, working up to achieving full, in-depth edits with ease. To see if The Photoshop Fanatic Course is right for you, click here to read more about it.
Free Photoshop Training: For a sneak peek at the kinds of things I teach in The Photoshop Fanatic Course, you can check out this Free Photoshop Training. In this 3-part series, I’ll show you how to edit an image from start to finish using just ONE type of adjustment layer in Photoshop. Watch along as I show you how to transform a photo by enhancing the highlights and shadows, and adding color. If you’re wanting to learn more about editing your images in Photoshop, I’d definitely suggest giving this free course a try!
Free Photoshop Tutorials: Every week I share a free tutorial here on the site for my “Tutorial Tuesday” series. These Free Photoshop Tutorials are an excellent resource (if I do say so myself) for photographers looking to learn Photoshop on a budget. Whether you want to learn Photoshop fundamentals like layer masks and blend modes. Or if you’d rather jump straight to the fun stuff like adding skies or making your subject’s skin glow. There’s always something new to learn!
Free Editing Products: Looking for some fun new effects to add to your photos? Check out this page for an entire list of free editing products to practice with. There are free Sky Overlays, Photoshop Actions, Lightroom Presets & more.
Pricing for Photographers: Pricing for Photographers is a free guide I created to help photographers figure out what they should be charging in their business. In it, you’ll learn what to take into consideration to determine exactly how much you should be bringing in from each session. If pricing is something you could use a little guidance on, I think you’ll find this free guide really helpful!
Free Photography Bootcamp: The Free Photography Bootcamp is a completely free training taught by my friend Emily Supiot from Cozy Clicks Photography. In it, she’ll show you how to find good lighting that flatters your subjects and adjust your focus for sharper images. She’ll also explain how to change your settings in Manual mode to get the most appealing shot, and my favorite part — how to get creative with adding depth to your images! This free bootcamp is geared toward beginners, but if you’ve been into photography for a little while and feel like you’d still enjoy some extra guidance on focusing or finding great light, I think you’d love this free course!
Studio Lighting Gear Guide: The Studio Lighting Gear Guide is a free resource created by Lisa DiGeso of The Milky Way. In it, she’ll show you her suggestions for the gear you’ll need to get started with studio lighting. She’s got a special emphasis on newborn photography, so if that interests you, too — definitely check this out this free guide!
Keepin’ it Real Guide for Photographers: This Keepin’ It Real Guide from The Milky Way is an awesome free resource that gives photographers 50+ ideas on what to say or do during sessions to get authentic smiles and engagement from your clients! If you love capturing true smiles, but struggle with exactly how to prompt your clients into them, head on over to grab this free guide!
Siteground: Siteground is a web hosting company that allows you to host your website or blog with plans starting at just $3.95/mo. I love them mostly because customer service is really important to me, and Siteground has the very best. They are really helpful and explain things in a way I can understand. Plus, they offer hands-on help when I need it, which is great for someone like me who’s not very tech-savvy. If you are looking to start a blog or website, or just looking for a really great hosting company to switch your current site to, I highly recommend Siteground.
ConvertKit: ConvertKit is an email provider system that allows you to keep in touch with your customers and clients via an email list. ConvertKit makes it really easy to create special opt-in offers for your customers that instantly deliver to your clients after they subscribe. I love it because it’s extremely user friendly, and one of the more affordable options I’ve found for email list software services. ConvertKit has lots of awesome features, but one of my favorites is the free migration they offer for users that are moving to ConvertKit with a list of 5,000 subscribers or more. I used this option when I switched to ConvertKit and the Migration team was seriously so helpful in making the switch. They moved over all of my contacts, email templates, sequences, tags, everything! If you’re looking for an easy-to-use email provider that can help you better serve your clients, I highly recommend checking out ConvertKit.
Tailwind: Tailwind is an app that allows you to schedule your Pinterest pins and Instagram posts in advance. I love using it to schedule weeks of posts ahead of time, especially on Pinterest, because it means I can bring steady traffic to my site without having to remember to login every day to pin or post manually. Until recently, I’d actually been using Tailwind just to manage my Pinterest account. But then I saw that Tailwind has a hashtag suggestion feature for Instagram, which takes a look at the current hashtags you’re using in your posts and suggests other relevant ones for you that are in the same niche! Genius! I’ve never really enjoyed trying to find new hashtags on Instagram, so this feature has been a game changer for me. If you’re looking to increase traffic to your blog and save time on social media too, I definitely recommend giving Tailwind a try. They’ve got a free plan you can use to get started, and if you use my referral link to join, you’ll get a $15 credit if you decide to sign up for their Plus plan.