Great Resource for Designers

If you’re a graphic designer without the talent of also being an artist, sometimes you need a little help. My go-to for elements for my design is Creative Market.

Creative Market is like an Etsy for designers. Other designers create and post their images, typography, website themes, web elements, product mockup photos and just a whole lot of things, all for sale at very affordable prices.

For example, this font:

 

MadinaScriptType

You can buy it to use in your personal projects for just $16, or license it for a project for a client will sell (say a book), you can by an extended license for $40.  I’ve purchased stuff for as little as $4 to use in my own personal projects.

AND if you subscribe to the Creative Market newsletter, every Monday you’ll get an email offering 6 items for free for the week! And it’s good stuff!

Check it out: creativemarket.com

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Lots of Help!!!!

Whether you’re in Prof. Knab’s GIT230 or my 303, 413 or video class, you might want to add a little sparkle to your final projects, so here’s a big ‘ol list of tutorials and websites about Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Premiere and After Effects (and probably other stuff, too).  Here we go…

  • Typography:  http://designshack.net/articles/typography/8-simple-and-useful-tips-for-kerning-type/
  • All kinds of photography editing help:  http://www.thephotographychallenge.com/blog/
  • Photoshop & Lightroom tools:  http://www.mcpactions.com/ (lots of freebies!)
  • Photoshop help and templates/brushes:  http://www.woodywaltersdigitalphotocandy.com/collections/5-fridays/products/photoshop-tip-of-the-week
  • LOTS of free presets for Lightroom, Camera Raw:  http://www.ononesoftware.com/free/
  • Lightroom presets, brushes, tutorials: http://www.lightroompresets.com/
  • A “Groupon” type site for photography stuff:  http://www.photodealcafe.com/
  • InDesign tutorials: http://www.creativebloq.com/graphic-design-tips/indesign-tutorials-1232639 (Creativebloq has TONS of stuff about graphic design, animation, illustration, etc)
  • Adobe tutorials galore:  http://layersmagazine.com/category/tutorials/
  • Pinterest board littered with InDesign tutorials: http://pinterest.com/lisamre71/indesign-tutorials/
  • InDesign plugins: http://indesignsecrets.com/resources/plug-ins-and-scripts
  • Premiere tutorials:  http://nofilmschool.com/2012/07/69-free-tutorial-videos-adobe-premiere-pro/
  • Adobe TV:  TONS of great videos on all of the Adobe products

Live Music Photographer’s Resource

Just found this great website by Todd Owyoung, a talented live music (and other types) photographer.  I know Chad Westover is going to like this one!

He has a lot of great advice on photography in general and live music photography in particular.  And some DIY projects for building that special gear you just can’t afford.

I’m sold on the guy after seeing this:

The URL is: http://www.ishootshows.com/

Go for the great pics, if nothing else (including the shot of Paul Stanley of Kiss on the Home page!)

Great Photography Site

I stumbled over this site today looking for some Scott Kelby info (a great photographer and educator of photography).  It’s gorgeous!

I know you “photo” students probably already know about the site, but for those who don’t, here it is:

FStoppers

(click on the image to visit fstoppers.com)

 

BorrowLenses.com

I was telling some of my students about this today…  Good lenses cost $$$, but you can rent a lens for a lot less if you have a big shoot or want to test drive one before you drop the cash for it.

BorrowLenses

It’s great – you order the lens, they ship it to you, you use it, then ship it back in their prepaid addressed box.  If you’re in California, they have a LOT of places you can go and pick it up instead.  Also, pick up is available in Las Vegas, Portland and Seattle.

But wait – there’s more!

They also rent cameras, video cameras, lighting equipment, audio gear… you name it.  They also have a small selection of used gear for sale.

The prices seem reasonable.  For example, a Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF lens rents for $18 for 3 days, $27 for a week up to $71 for 4 weeks.  You can reserve them in advance and the selection is pretty awesome.  Besides Nikon gear, they have Canon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax and Leica.  They also have Sony, RED, Canon, Panasonic and GoPro video cameras.

Great Photography Blogs

So, school is out and you have tons of time on your hands, right?  Okay, me neither, but I do still like to putter around on the Internet, spend a few minutes on Facebook, doing a little shopping on Amazon.  Oh, and read photography blogs.  There’s a few I’ve been following for a couple of years now, but I’ve recently discovered some others.   I learn so much from these other photographers (it was a couple of local photographers in Mesa that taught me most of what I now know), that I subscribe to a handful of them and read nearly every post.  I thought I’d share them with you.

Here they are, in no particular order, except the ones I read the most are first:

  • Elizabeth Halberg – I discovered Elizabeth a couple of years ago and have been a fan ever since.  She writes in such a friendly, no-nonsense manner that makes me feel like even *I* can understand all this photography stuff.  Love this blog.
  • Digital Photography School – I have learned so much from this site, and not just about photography.  The main author, Darren Rowse, is also an expert blogger who somehow figured out how to make a living at blogging.  He’s my hero.
  • Scott Kelby – So, you probably already know of Scott if you’re a photographer.  He’s frankly so beyond my capabilities, but I love looking at the pretty pictures on his site.  One of his Digital Photography books also happened to be the first book on photography I ever bought, so he’s sort of like my photography dad.  And he’s cool.
  • Pretty Presets – I can’t lie.  I love using presets in Lightroom.  I’m learning how to manipulate photos in Lightroom, but I’m often in a hurry (and besides, why reinvent the wheel?), so I use a lot of presets.  And Pretty Presets has some of the coolest ones.  I admit, I’ve only used their free ones so far, but I don’t think it’ll be long before I pony up some dough for a good set from them.
  • Zach Prez – There’s lots of good sites on marketing (like Alicia at Served Up Fresh and Kristen at Brand Camp, who both provide serious marketing info in fun ways), but Zach’s is made for marketing for a variety of mediums: photography, blogging, social media, etc.  Perfect for someone in GIT.
  • Psychology for Photographers – Jenika approaches photography from a more cerebral viewpoint than the other bloggers.  She makes you think and yet, she’s so crystal clear… and right!
  • Ground Glass – Spencer Lum is not your typical wedding photographer.  I love this blog (and his others) because he doesn’t hold back – he says what he means and means what he says.  Very upfront and unflowery.  His photos make you feel like you’re looking at your parent’s wedding pictures.  I love this style, just a little bit retro, with a candid element that speaks to me.

There’s more, but those are some of my favorite blogs I’ve followed for a few years (the first 3) and some that I’ve just recently discovered (the last 2).  Check them out!