Free Resources for Photographers

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Right now there are many new photographers who are struggling as they try to get their businesses off the ground and photographers who have been in business for a while who are trying to maintain their existing business. Even industry pros who have been around for a long time have decided to cut corners where they can just to make their businesses more profitable in this economy. Finding resources,especially free ones, can make all the difference in the world to photographers. I assembled a small list of free resources for photographers that I think are definitely worth checking out.

Educational Opportunities:

  • CreativeLive– CreativeLive offers free online seminars and classes. If you decided you want to purchase the class afterwards for future reference, you can do that from their site as well. They list each class and you can sign up for as many as you want for free.
  • Photographer’s Connection – This site has a bit of everything. There are marketing techniques, free videos offered here and there for learning Photoshop techniques, and when you sign up on their site you get free goodies delivered to your inbox. If you sign up for their free membership you will also get an invitation to their private Facebook group where you can make new photographer friends, ask questions and learn from people from all stages of photography.
  • Click it Up a Notch– What is really great about this website is that no matter what level you are in your photography career that you will find something useful here. Photography and posing tips and info, information about wall displays and how to maximize them and all sorts of ideas are on this site.
  • Digital Photography School– We pride ourselves on making tutorials, tips, and reviews of equipment and gear available to all photographers free of charge.

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Business and Marketing:

  • The Law Tog – Rachel Brenke is a lawyer and a photographer. She combines both aspects of her career, helps other photographers with their legal documents and often shares advice on her blog. If you subscribe to her site, she sends you free legal documents to your email. You can see her article: 5 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Photography Business right here on dPS.
  • MailChimp– With MailChimp you can create email marketing campaigns and send up to 12,000 emails to 2,000 subscribers free of charge.
  • JotForm– If you want to be able to let your clients complete their registration for sessions online, you should look at JotForm. They have templates that you can customize or you can create your own. Clients can complete the forms and send them over to you completely online.
  • StudioCloud– StudioCloud is a free online software that can help you organize your business. Part of the free features are scheduling appointments, event reminders, generating invoices, and a lot more.
  • Defrozo– Defrozo is a new platform that allows photographers to create a website, manage their workflow, create galleries for clients, and more from one account.
  • Pinterest– Pinterest is very popular with photographers. Many have created boards showcasing their images and provided links to galleries and have used it not only to display the image, but to drive traffic to their websites.It’s not only a place to find inspiration, but you can use it as a marketing tool for your own business.

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Actions/Presets/Templates:

  • Pioneer Woman– Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, created these actions that continue to be very popular for photographers. You can download the actions HERE.
  • MCP Actions– MCP Actions hosts some free actions for Photoshop and Elements, as well as some Lightroom Presets. You can browse the freebies HERE.
  • Squijoo– A one-stop source for templates, marketing sets, and so much more. If you decide you want more than just the freebies, you can access everything in their shop for $10 a month. DPS subscribers can use the code BD5C6 and get 50% off the monthly membership.
  • Paint the Moon– Paint the Moon freebies include actions, digital frames, a collage template, and more.

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Online Gallery Proofing:

  • PASS– With PASS you can upload 100 images for free. After the 100 free ones, you have to pay $29 to upload more. You can create password protected galleries and you can allow clients to digitally download images as well.
  • Pixieset– If you know you will be uploading more than 100 images, then you should give Pixieset a try. The free account allows for uploading around 1,500 photos. You can create password protected galleries and allow digital downloads of either high resolution or web sized images.

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This is just a small sample of the free resources that are available to photographers. I hope that you will find them useful. Finding resources is valuable in the photography industry. You can find everything from new techniques to new ways to showcase images for your clients. Utilizing your resources, especially those out there that are free, can help your business to save money and continue to grow. Feel free to leave any free resources that you know of in the comments section.

Disclaimer: neither the author nor dPS were paid or compensated in any way to add businesses to this list.

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Lori Peterson is an award winning photographer based out of the St. Louis Metro Area. Her dynamic work ranges from creative portraits to very unique fine art photography. Lori's work can be seen at www.loripetersonphotography.com and also on her blog. You can follow her on Facebook.

  • Michael Owens

    Awesome. Just fantastic collection of resources!

    JotForm and DeFrozo are especially good for me. Thanks!

  • Sourav Kumar Das

    what an awesome article !!!!

  • Lori Peterson

    I started using JotForm last year and wondered how I ever got along without them. I am so glad that you found the listing helpful. Thank you for your comment!

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  • Guest

    Thank you so much for including my site in this list of resources! I’m honored and humbled to be mentioned among such amazing sites!

  • Courtney Slazinik

    Thank you so much for including my site in this list of resources! I’m honored and humbled to be mentioned among such amazing sites! Thanks!

  • Lori Peterson

    You are very welcome. Your site is an incredible resource for photographers and Click it Up a Notch has been such a wonderful place to show new photographers so they can learn more about their camera, composition, shooting, etc.

  • Lori Peterson

    Thank you so much for your feedback! Much appreciated!

  • Oriol Ortiz

    Thank you very much for this list! Beginner or amateur photographers… we don’t have a lot of money to spend, and this should be very useful. I have a photo blog on blogger, but I was looking for a more organised gallery. I will try your suggestions.
    Thanks a lot!

  • Rachel Brenke

    thanks for the shoutout 🙂

  • Lori Peterson

    If we can get awesome things for our businesses that do not cost us out of pocket or cost us very little then it makes sense to utilize those resources.

  • Steve Bohea

    http://www.gc2phtoclub also have free video tutorials on Photoshop, Lightroom and Photography. They come with free downloadable information sheets to support the lessons.

  • Kim Lorang

    Thanks so much for featuring Photographers Connection, Lori! We really appreciate it; we’ve gotten a lot of new members over the past few days! You rock!!

  • Santanu Chandra

    Its a very useful informative post…..Thank you very much for posting….

  • Heather Ford

    Great resources, many of which I use or have before! I offer FREE Lightroom presets on my site: http://www.twoblooms.com as well as a free preset sampler pack in the Photographers Connection starter kit. I will be sharing this with my fans, they will eat it up!

  • Lori Peterson

    Thanks for adding that Heather! I am sure there will be readers who will LOVE it too!

  • Lori Peterson

    You are welcome. PC is a valuable resource for all photographers. Thanks for all you do to help the photographic community.

  • Lori Peterson

    You are so welcome. When I started with this list there was no way I was leaving you out. You have been so helpful to so many people in this industry.

  • Lori Peterson

    Thanks for adding to the list! Another resource for photographers to utilize is awesome!

  • Lori Peterson

    Thanks for leaving some feedback on it. I really do appreciate it!

  • Lori thank you for including Defrozo. Lots of amazing resources in this list, it’s an honor to be featured too.

  • david

    I could have googled this myself. Thanks though

  • Ivan Pavlovskyy

    Wow! Thanks for saving my time! Much appreciated..

  • Hi Michael,

    I’m the founder of Defrozo. Thanks for your interest in Defrozo! Have you had a chance to check it out yet? We’d love to hear your feedback!

  • Michael Owens

    Hi Demetrio.
    I have not as of yet, I’m definitely intrigues by IT, and when I return from Spain (21st), I’m going to spend some time delving deep into what you have to offer and see if it suits my needs.

    Early indications are it will!

  • Paint the Moon Photoshop Actio

    Thank you so much for including Paint the Moon, Lori – I appreciate it! 🙂

  • Great, thanks! Don’t hesitate to email us any questions you may have.

  • Elena

    Thanks for the free resources! Is amazing how helpful this site is! Specially when you’re starting =)

  • Dragos

    Hi Guys,

    Adding to the free resource, just released Elandel, a FREE responsive WordPress Theme for Photographers

    http://zenphotothemes.net/demo/elandel

    Features:

    – Clean, strong design, with light and dark versions

    – Built on Bootstrap 3.2 responsive engine
    – Sticky menu with dropdown and mobile support
    – Smooth AJAX page transition
    – FullScreen custom gallery with touch / swipe and mobile ready
    – Smooth scrolling and slick, elegant CSS3 animations
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    – Theme structured with Portfolio Post Type plugin, allowing you to change themes without losing content
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    Happy Holidays!!

    P.S. Feedback is greatly appreciated and will help improve quality and create better value themes

  • As you say Lori, one thing for sure is that there are a lot of photographers out there struggling to get their business off the ground. Seems like everyone is trying to get on the bandwagon, and there is a fine line between being a great photographer and an excellent one….so thank you for the resource lists.
    For me personally, I tend to use http://www.geofflawrence.com, mainly because of his easy to read, non technical manner of writing.
    I hope you do not mind me mentioning it here, but it is relevant and just might come in handy for someone.
    Alex

  • SW

    Great post and resources page for photography

    Regards
    http://www.diverse-dreams.com

  • Derek Ashauer

    I would like to recommend Sunshine Photo Cart, a free client online client gallery/proofing plugin for WordPress. It has a perfect 5-star rating and the features that all the big players have (and more than some).

    http://www.sunshinephotocart.com

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