I’m always looking for new and better tools and resources that I can use to satisfy my photo addiction. I also often get emails asking what tools I use as a blogger.
So I thought it might be helpful to you if I put together a resource page that lists all my essential tools. I will be updating this list in the future as I move to newer gear or when I find new tools to add to my arsenal. If you know of any exciting tools related to photography, please let me know. I’ll be sure to check them out.
Tripods & Ballheads
Check full specs on Amazon
Light, compact and reasonably priced travel tripod.
Web Portfolio & Online Sales
SmugMug is one stop solution for photographers. I use it for safely storing my photos, share them and online sales. Every single photo featured on this blog is hosted on SmugMug. I designed my Portfolio using SmugMug tools and linked it to my blog. Read my post: The Way I Use SmugMug in My Photography Business.
Check full specs on HDR Soft
Photomatix is the most popular and matured HDR tool around. I use it quite often and I really like it for the unique looks it produces. Also, I like its unpredictability factor. With experience you learn what to expect from Photomatix but once in a while it still surprises you anyway.
Lightroom and Photoshop Plugins
Check full specs on Topaz Labs
My tool of choice to deal with excessive noise in my photos. The latest version of DeNoise makes noise reduction an almost completely automated process. I simply apply one of the presets that comes with the plugin and I’m done. Check my Topaz DeNoise Product Review.
Blogging Tools for Photographers
Blue Host – This is where I host PhotoTracees.com. I recommend BlueHost to everybody who is starting with blogging. To start a blog you need 3 components: domain name, hosting and WordPress. BlueHost covers all 3 components in one easy package. When you buy hosting from BlueHost you get a free domain name and one-click installation of WordPress. It means you can have your blog running in under 10 min.
Read my tutorial How to Start a Photography Blog in Under 10 Minutes.
WordPress – The best blogging platform. Completely free, easy to install and with functionality that can be extended nearly infinitely with plugins for every purpose. Read my article Why Starting a WordPress Photography Blog is Crucial for any Photographer.
Genesis Framework by StudioPress is what PhotoTraces runs on. StudioPress provides out-of-box search engine optimization, responsive design, airtight security, instant updates, faster load times and easy customization. StudioPress allows me to concentrate on photography and not on WordPress. The theme I use is Streamline Pro. I customized design myself using help of StudioPress support forum.
Elegant Themes – beautifully designed and well priced. For $69 you have access to 87 themes. You can use them on multiple blogs. I use Explorable theme for my Photo Location Guide Interactive Map.
Please check my post on how to choose right WordPress theme for your blog: The Best WordPress Themes for Your Photography Blog.
Photography Learning Resources
The most complete luminosity masks tutorial In the world. (My review…).
Trey Ratcliff covers the topic of landscape photography giving us the whole picture from the conceptual idea to the final, ready for publishing, photo (My review…).