10 Best Apps and Freeware for Photographers and Creatives


Not at all saying these are the best of their kind, but these apps and freeware are wonderful for beginners and boot- strappers who need free resources.  If it wasn’t for these freeware, I probably wouldn’t have made it through my first year as a  wedding photographer.

1. Studio Cloud

A book-keeping software that does a multitude of jobs including some documents, and appointment keeping. I simply used it to track my income, profits, losses and invoice customers. A great quick- fix to get up and running if you can’t afford quick books.

2. Photo Scape

Pretty gosh darn good photo editing!! And it’s free!

After Editing via Photoscape:Before

3. Google Tasks

I am a list making freak!! G-tasks lets me keep my to-do list on hand everywhere, from inside my in-box to a desktop widget. It’s easy and free!

4. Evernote

I am new to Evernote but have taken to use it for long-term notes, business goals and ongoing projects. I love the way it allows me to have various notebooks, links , and is easily searchable.

5. Hoot Suite

A time- saver, Hoot Suite’s free version will let you auto-schedule a social media update automatically so you can take a “day off” and still be present on Facebook, Twitter and more.

6. Pulse News

I Love my pulse news app, it is like my morning paper, keeping me up to date with happenings and custom tailored to the sites and blogs I want to follow. Pulse is a great way to find and pass along relevant links to my followers, the share buttons allow me to post relevant articles with minimal effort.

7. Pinterest

Pinterest ia s gold mine for creative thinkers!! Inspiration abounds, and can be shared with colleges, clients or total strangers. I have begun creating a quick inspiration board before every shoot, which gives me a starting point, and clear vision for each photo shoot.

8.  Google Calendar

I adore anything Google Maybe it’s cause I’m an android and not an IPhone user but I totally heart Google. The simple fact that things sync from phone to web so seamlessly makes my life like super- duper easy. All of my contacts, calendar and tasks are in a fluffy little cloud of safety and security If I drop my phone in a toilet again, I can just buy a new one and sign into Google and my life is back.

9.  Animoto

Free, beautiful photo and video slide shows. I especially love the ease of use. Here is a link to a superquick video I made for youtube searchibility.

10.  Wordpress

When I started off, I had a blogger blog, ( Did I mention that Love me some Google??) But I finally listened to like, the whole world and tried WordPress where I found an amazing community of support. I went two years on blogger with a resulting three followers of whom I all knew personally. Only a few months on WordPress and I have 80 people following my blog!! Obviously I am still a super small blog, but That is an amazing difference in results!

That’s all for me…. Have I forgotten anything?? What are your favorite freeware?

Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, Lexington, Thomasville, and Kernersville Wedding Photography, Shanna Duffy


2 thoughts on “10 Best Apps and Freeware for Photographers and Creatives

  1. Good post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon on a daily basis.
    It’s always interesting to read articles from other authors and practice something from their sites.

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