SOFTWARE & HARDWARE FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHER

 

 

IMG_1286.jpg

(UPDATED April 24th, 2017) - Things change. My March, 2017 "social media photographer gear" article was live for no more than a few weeks when I dramatically changed my setup and workflow. So, let's do this. I'll post change-related blog posts when I make big changes to my set up, but my current list of gear and software will live here and I'll just link to this page anytime I refer to my gear or software in my articles.  

HARDWARE & SOFTWARE TOOLS I AM CURRENTLY USING ON PROJECTS

This is the current gear I use on a day-to-day basis. The items on this list have been tested in real-world situations on real jobs. This is the gear and the software I use to deliver award-winning results to my clients.  If it's not obvious yet, everything on this list is highly recommended by me personally. 

WORKSTATIONS

I am also using a second Apple iMac (27", 32GB, 2TB, 3.3 GHz w/ Das Keyboard Prime 13 & Microsoft Surface mouse) as a Microsoft Windows-based reporting server. It also does double-duty as a macOS-based audio/video editing machine. I don't do much video and audio editing on Windows yet, but am in the process of making the transition from macOS to Windows this year. As of February 2017, all my new creative projects will be started on the Adobe Platform (Audition, Illustrator, Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere). I am only keeping macOS/FCPX around because I have current projects I am working on from FCPX, GarageBand, & LogicPro. At some point, I will move completely off macOS for all my creative work and will only use it for developing macOS and iOS applications. As it is now, I'm only using macOS for about 5% of my total work load.

MOBILE DEVICES

  • Apple Macbook Air (11", 4GB, 1TB, 1.8 GHz) running Microsoft Windows 7 Professional. - This is now my traveling computer. I only use it when I am not at my desktop. Occasionally it is put into service when I am doing testing for SEO or development work. It's running Windows 7 Pro because Windows 10 Pro won't support it. 
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

CAMERAS

GEAR & ACCESSORIES

SOFTWARE

WINDOWS PLATFORM

  • Creative - ADOBE (After Effects, Audition, Bridge, Illustrator, Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Pro)
  • Development - FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced, MICROSOFT (Access, Excel, SQL Server, Visual Studio Professional, Xamarin Studio), Xojo
  • Marketing - Basecamp, BuzzBundle, Hootsuite, Link Assistant, MailChimp.com, Moz.com, Rank Tracker, SEO Spyglass, SEM Rush, Spyfu.com, Tailwind.com, Website Auditor
  • Productivity - Microsoft Office 
  • Utilities - Chrome, CleanMyPC, Dropbox, iCloud Drive, HMA! Pro VPN, Microsoft Skype, Slack, WhatsApp

MACOS PLATFORm

  • Creative - Apple FCPX, Audacity, Cinemagraph Pro, JPEGmini, Portrait Pro Studio, Screenflow, Soundsoap, Wirecast
  • Development - Apple Xcode, Dash, FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced, Microsoft Visual Studio For Mac, Xojo
  • Marketing - BuzzBundle, Link Assistant, Rank Tracker, SEO Spyglass, Website Auditor 
  • Productivity - Microsoft Office for Mac, OmniGraffle
  • Utilities - Chrome, CleanMyMac, Dropbox, HMA! Pro VPN, Microsoft Skype, PDFpenPro, Slack, WhatsApp

IOS PLATFORM (IPHONE & IPAD)

  • Creative - ADOBE (Clip, Lightroom, Photoshop Express, Photoshop Fix, Photoshop Mix), Beatwave, CinemaBag 2, Cinemagraph Pro, Cinematic, Ferrite, Figure, Filmborn, Filmic Pro, Koji Go, Mavis, Movie Looks, Over, ProCam, ProShot, Quik, ReverseVid, Snapseed, Splice, VSCO
  • Productivity - ia Writer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Onenote, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Word 
  • Utilities - 5-0 Radio HD, Basecamp 3, Dropbox, Google Chrome, iCloud Drive, Microsoft Skype, MyRadar Pro, OmniStat, Slack, WhatsApp, Waze

ANDROID PLATFORM (Samsung Galaxy S7 Active)

  • Creative -  ADOBE (Clip, Lightroom, Photoshop Express, Photoshop Fix, Photoshop Mix), Filmic Pro, LapseIt Pro, Over, ProCam, ProShot, Quik, ReverseVid, Snapseed, VSCO
  • Productivity - ia Writer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Onenote, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Word 
  • Utilities - Basecamp 3, Dropbox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Skype, Signal, Slack, WhatsApp, Waze