Copper & Coal’s Daily Tools

December 1, 2019

Since Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday are upon us, I thought I should share the things I use in my daily photog life. Enjoy!

1. Cloudspot
They have been my gallery hosting company for 3 years now, and they are AMAZING. I really love working with them, and their customer service is top notch- they have a black friday BOGO sale going on right now which is a hell of a deal!

2. Honeybook
This is where I send my clients their contracts and invoices- With this link you can get 50% OFF! Woot!! Honeybook isn’t just for photographers- florists, event planners, and others can use it as well!

3. FastRawViewer
A lot of photographers use Photomechanic to cull their images, I do like PM, but I LOVE FRV. I can’t tell you the exact reasons I like it more, but I do, and it’s SO much cheaper. Normally $19.99- on sale for $14.99. You can’t afford to not try it out.

4. JoystickMapper
Since we are the subject of culling-I USE A PLAYSTATION CONTROLLER AND IT’S THE BEST THING EVER. Thanks to my amazing husband ( can you tell he proofread this?) he had a few laying around. You can map your keyboard to buttons on the controller and wham bam thank you ma’am, culling a 6,000 image wedding doesn’t have to result in claw hands for the rest of the day. It’s so. much. more. enjoyable. I can’t stress it enough.

5. Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop
I use Lightroom & Photoshop for all my editing. They have a photography plan that is only $9.99 per month. I believe they will have a special for cyber monday.

6. PFixer
This is also a mapping program. Instead of using the default lightroom quick keys, you can program your keyboard to all of the adjustment options in lightroom. Increase/decrease etc.. so you spend less time going between your mouse and keyboard. It’s something else I could not live without.
They do have a few different options for workflow, including a midi controller, however, I just stick to using my keys.

7. Drobo
Holy storage. This is what I use to store my millions of images- don’t get me wrong, I still have a drawer full of external drives, but this is the mother ship. I’m sure Amazon/Best Buy probably has some deals on drives this time of year.

8. Backblaze
GET YOUR IMAGES BACKED UP PEOPLE. This program is a continuous backup of your files. If something fails, and for some reason, it’s not on a backup hard drive/ card. This should save your butt. It’s also nice for off-site work if I need a single file on the go.

Whew! That felt good to get out! I’m sure I’m missing some, and will probably do a gear & accessory list at some point as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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