These 13 tools will help you to optimize your workflow, provide a better overview or even help you do marketing. The truth is, there are a lot of programs and apps for photographers. It took us quite some time to find out which tools really make sense and are worth investing in. There are also some tools you can use for free! We get a lot of questions about the tools and programs we use daily. In this article, we will show you the ones that have become an important part of our everyday work.
1. PicTime (Online Gallery)
Pic-Time is the perfect online gallery used by professional photographers to provide digital images to their clients. They have a beautiful and simple design and it’s super easy to use Pic-Time for sending out portrait galleries, engagement galleries, wedding galleries, and more. Furthermore it has an integrated store where you can offer a wide range of physical products such as prints, canvases, etc. There is also the ability for clients to create their own photo albums in the built in designer. Hands down, this is saving us photographers a lot of time.
Don’t forget to use the code “JULIAGIL” and get one month for free.
2. Flothemes (WordPress Templates)
Flothemes is an amazing tool to build a website that you’ll be proud to share with clients and peers. It’s super easy and no code is needed. Each design comes with a selection of ready-made layouts and content blocks to help you build a professional website, fast. Customize fonts, colors and the structure of your pages. Enjoy maximum control over your desktop and mobile site!
Good to know! You can save with the code “PRONTOFRIEND”.
3.1. Narrative Publish (Blogging Software)
Save time and build beautiful and expressive posts in 5 minutes only! Narrative Publish is a program that allows you to create lightning-fast blog posts that appear directly on your website. It has an easy drag and drop interface which builds your content for you. Furthermore it helps you reach your SEO goals! They developed a tool that highlights keywords most relevant to your content.
Don’t forget to use the code “PUBLISH15” and save 15%.
3.2. Narrative Select
Narrative has launched a new software which makes it possible to select your best images in minutes. One of the fastest and smartest way to cull! Narrative Select is not only able to load your large RAW files super quickly, the software also immediately recognizes the faces in the individual images. With the help of different colors you can see if the picture is sharp and if the people’s eyes are open or closed. An absolute game changer, especially for group pictures!
Don’t forget to use the code “SELECT10” and save 10%!
4. SmartSlides (Slideshows)
Slideshows are the best way to present photos if you want to captivate and impress your clients! SmartSlides brings your photos to life in incredibly personal and meaningful ways. The interface is beautiful and easy to use, and the smart features allow you to create a slideshow in just three simple steps: Select music, add photos and customize. And also super important: They have a licensed and curated music library to help tell your story.
With the code “JG393” you can save 20% for the first 12 months!
Run your photo and video business more efficiently! Octoa is a new tool that helps you with the daily business activities and run a creative business. These unavoidable things that almost no creative person wants to do. Octoa wants to make it more efficient and enjoyable. Because it doesn’t have to be stressful and chaotic.
Don’t forget to use the code “BELOVED” and save 40%!
6. Kalá Albums
The perfect fine art wedding album for your clients. Kalá Albums is a small company specialised in making handmade fine art wedding and portrait photo books, albums, boxes, folios and more. They not only make beautiful books, but also aspire to move away from fast-paced culture, towards a more appreciative way of working and living. Kalá Albums Team value awareness, time for creativity, renewable and sustainable design, organic and ethically sourced materials, staying true to what they love and searching for new and better ways to improve themselves.
Use the code “BELOVED” to get a discount.
7. Jpeg mini
Get the smallest image file size without compromising quality or changing your workflow! Jpeg mini is using patented image optimization technology to reduce the file size of your photos significantly (up to 80%), while preserving their full resolution and quality. You can upload Hi-Res photos faster, save tons of hard drive space, improve customer viewing experience and make your website faster.
Save 20% with the code “BELOVED”.
Keep life organised and work moving – all in one place! Dropbox brings everything: Traditional files, cloud content and web shortcuts – All together in one place. Anything you save, from recipes to financial records is instantly accessible on any connected phone, tablet or computer. You also have the possibility to share your files with other people, like pictures with friends or files with your work. A super useful tool for everyone!
Accomplish more with better notes! With the help of Evernote you keep important info handy by syncing your notes to all your devices. Add text, images, audio, scans, PDFs, and documents to your notes. Another convenient feature: Invite anyone to collaborate to whatever is on your mind.
The all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases! Notion is a great tool to organize your own projects or projects in a team. In addition to the classic to-dos and notes, there is also a calendar and the option of creating project boards or even larger databases. You have many helpful functions and uses to be able to work productively and to structure your tasks.
Peace of mind thanks to cloud data backups! Crashplan is a cloud backup software to protect your business data. It’s easy-to-use and has an automatic data loss protection. Crashplan helps you to recover and bounce back faster from any worst-case scenario, whether it is a disaster, simple human error, a stolen laptop, ransomware and more.
Get a digital record of all project and team time, all without the hassle of manual timers and note taking! Timely automatically records the time you spend in different work apps to create an infallible timeline of your day. It captures for example documents, websites, meetings, emails and GPS locations. Timely is also really helpful if you work together with a team. You can keep everyone’s work visible with real-time dashboards and synchronized scheduling.
A VPN service provides you a secure, encrypted tunnel for online traffic to flow. Nobody can see through the tunnel and get their hands on your internet data. NordVPN is a good VPN if you’re looking for a peace of mind when you use public Wi-Fi, access personal and work accounts on the road, or want to keep your browsing history to yourself.