Everyone learns differently, and prefers different tools to get the job done. My advice to you is to try a few different things and see what works best for you. There are a lot of programs and software out there, and you’ll find good and bad to all of them. So try them for yourself and see what you like!
Here’s what I use:
I only use Adobe programs for culling and editing images. Adobe now offers the Creative Cloud (CC) subscription instead of buying versions of the software. There are plenty of mixed reviews for this, but I actually love it! You always have the latest version, and instead of spending thousands of dollars for each program (and each new version of each program,) I have them all ready to download with just one click. They do have a Photographer’s subscription for an amazing price, but if you’re going to use anything other than Lightroom and Photoshop, it’s worth the extra cost for sure.
For culling and editing, I use Lightroom exclusively. For cosmetic work on images, I use Photoshop
For blogging my images, I use Blogstomp. It makes sizing, watermarking, and laying out my images so easy! Blogging an entire wedding (with between 80 and 120 images) will take me only about 5 minutes!
My website domain is through Godaddy. My website host is Showit 5.
I recently switched my client management software to Honeybook, and I’m so glad I did! Honeybook makes it super easy to capture leads, respond immediately with your package information, and keep up with project tasks. If you want to give it a try, use this link to get 50% off your first year!!! (FYI: this is an affiliate link, meaning I’ll get compensated if you sign up using it.)
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