resources

I like to call this a few of my favorite things. Here is my resource page. You can find camera gear, my favorite sites, my favorite tools, and more.

Camera Stuff

Favorite Camera Sites –  I don’t visit a lot of camera sites because I find it causes me to want more gear. Here are a few sites to get news, reviews, and more.

Editing Software – One the go or at home here are my favorite editing tools.

  • Lightroom – The Standard
  • ON1 – When I need something extra to my photos this is my go-to.
  • JPGmini Pro – Amazing image compression without sacrificing quality.  I run all my images that I upload online through it.

Lightroom Presets – I am super picky about Lightroom presets. Most of them look great on sample photos but horrible on most photos. Here are a few that I have found to be good.

  • Mastin Labs – Film look. I find these best with portraits.
  • VSCO.- Film look. This gives you a great starting point. I have several of the packs and while I don’t use everything in the pack the ones I do are great.

Hosting

  • Siteground – Recently I switched to siteground for my hosting needs. I’ve never been so happy with a host. A great company with several levels to get you started. (referral link)

WordPress

  • Divi – A powerful theme that I run most of my sites on.
  • Genesis Theme –  A great theme I use for a lot of sites I build

Productivity Apps

  • Evernote – I have used Evernote since 2011. It has become my online brain. I store everything important in Evernote. From design ideas, blog post ideas, recipes, and so much more. (referral link)
  • 1Password – I would be lost without my password manager.
  • Google Apps – I get free email through my hosting but find paying the $5 a month for the Google Suite better suites me needs. I use gmail, calendar, docs, sheets, and keep every day.
  • Kiwi – The best gmail client for mac. It also has easy access to all your Google app suite.

Creative Apps

  • Creative Cloud – I have used Adobe products since the 1990’s. This bundle is a great deal for Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Premiere.
  • Final Cut Pro – While I am trying to learn Premiere video editing, I cut my teach on Final Cut Express. When Apple killed Final Cut Express I turned to Final Cut Pro. It’s still my go-to video editing app.

Mobile Apps

  • Instagram – This goes without saying.
  • Adobe Capture – This integrates with your Creative Cloud membership. It’s easy to grab colors, moods, shapes, & more. Easily create vectors, patterns, photoshop brushes and more.
  • VSCO – The mobile version of the Lightroom plugins. I find myself editing in VSCO often.
  • Snapseed – When I need more pop that I can get in VSCO I turn to Snapseed.
  • Day One – Capture your day. This is a great travel app but also a fun way to keep a daily journal.
  • Quik – Shoot video and pictures at any event and throw them into Quik for a quick fun edit. Easily create shareable videos.