No business can thrive without tools. The trick is finding which ones work best for you. Canon or Nikon. Lightroom, Aperture or Photoshop. PC or Mac. It doesn’t matter which tools you use so much as the ability to make it work for you and your company.
Today, I’m going to share what I use. This is by NO MEANS a list of what you need or even what I feel like you should get. It’s definitely not even a list I don’t see changing in the future. But this is what works for me, for right now, at this point in my life.
I use a Canon 40D with a 50mm 1.8 lens. Originally I started out with a Nikon D60 of my father’s and switched to Canon because of a deal on a second-hand camera. I will probably stay with Canon now, mostly because I’ve found their manual settings to be much more intuitive to me. But I most likely won’t upgrade to a Full Frame camera until they up their focal point count and a couple other key features in my mind that are lacking with the current 5D.
I’m looking into purchasing my next lens as well, trying to decide which one will fit my photography and style best. In the coming months, I’ll continue to test out friend’s lenses and also will most likely set up a borrowed lens from one of the many places you can rent from in order to make sure that the money I put out will be for exactly what I want and need.
I use a PC and process photos with both Lightroom and Photoshop. Lightroom is for my sorting and renaming phase of the workflow (I wrote about it on the Photo Tips for Moms site here) and then I export it all into CS4. I’ve been using Photoshop for years as a Multimedia Design and Illustration program and so I feel very comfortable with it. The options for brushes and actions as well as the setup for everything is cozy to me and that’s why I use it for my editing and the editing I do for others.
Another reason I love using Photoshop is the tools I have available to use in it. One such tool is Fundy’s Album Builder software. It is seriously a life saver for me when it comes to album creation. And the Album Proofer? Flippen AMAZING. It can change your life. For serious. They just got a new update out and it’s FABulous! (btw for full disclosure: the Album Proofer link goes to my affiliate link…I will NEVER promote something that I don’t love and use myself, and all thoughts and comments are my own. Now, if someone wants to gift me something to try out, I will give an honest review….just putting that out there. *cough* ) Fundy’s products are fantastic and well worth it. Check them out – you won’t be disappointed. Or, you might be, but either way – that’s okay!
Those are just a few of the main tools I currently use. I’m sure I’ll fill you in in the future with other things I do and use…
My question is, what do you use? What works for you? What is one product that you have that you cannot live without?