If you arrived here at Links & Software you are ready to know more. There are two great resources for you along with the links listed below the first is for Rob Galbraith a friend and fellow digital imaging consultant running the best resource for digital photography out there. From manufacturers to professional photographers when Rob writes about an item the industry listens.
Secondly as a profession there are not that many of us that are willing to share what we know, or how we do things. In 2000 I met a Michael Schwarz a Atlanta based Photographer at a Blue Pixel think tank in Kansas City. Michael and I hit it off right away (he might not admit it) but both of us spend a lot of energy in creating informative entertaining programs but more importantly publishing on our websites training resources for you. If you cant find the information you are looking for on my site the chances are it will be on his photo training site.
Now the standard disclaimer: This page is for attendees of workshops taught by me and are intended to be used as an additional resource for attendees. The information here does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the sponsors or any of my workshops. Please drop me an email and let me know what you thought of the seminar you attended.
On to the links section mentioned during my workshops. The good news is that when you see a “” next to the link it means the link will take you directly to a manufacturers student discounted pricing url. These manufacturers have provided discounts on their hardware and software for students of workshops.
When you see a “” next to a link it means that this is a product that I can highly recommend and use in my personal workflow on a daily basis. If you see a “” it means I simply can not live without the referenced hardware or software.
More Learning Resources
Nikon’s – Digitutor online learning for cameras and software
Nikon’s – Insights and Technics learn some of the basics
MacBook Pro – Still or Video a great laptop.
Lenovo – They make good PC laptops for working with pictures. and when you click the link left you can get some great savings.
iOmega – Looking for Digital Photo storage iOmega has it all from USB hard drives to Network Attached Storage they have it all.
Infrant – Network Attached Storage solution for those paranoid about back-ups. If you have a Terabyte or more of photos you really need to be looking at a “NAS” from iOmega or Infrant.
SanDisk – Memory Cards are the modern day film. Buying a great quality card from a manufacturer that stands behind their product is important.
Lexar – From USB Sticks and SD cards to Compact Flash memory Lexar has it for you.
EyeFi – Want to send pictures directly from your camera, if your camera uses SD Memory check out the Eye-Fi card.
Visible Dust – Got a dirty sensor? Going on a once in a lifetime trip? don’t let a dirty sensor mess up your trip. Visible Dust is the Industry leader in Sensor cleaning devises.
Epson Printers – The first in photo quality printers.
HP Printers – HP has a great range of photo quality printers.
Photo Editing Tools
Photo Mechanic – Simply the best photo tool out there. It’s a Meta stamping, downloading, viewing, sorting workhorse. A longtime industry standard in the editorial business and is well worth the money for anyone who shoots regularly.
Nik Software – These guys developed a game changing piece of software with Viveza to selectively control light and color in photographs.
Nik Viveza 2 – All I can say is Wow! Viveza is the game changer in Photo Editing a plugin I can not live without.
Nik HDR Efex Pro – For High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing from Nik Software
onOne Software – Standalone software and plugins for Photoshop, Aperture and Lightroom they have some great tools
iWatermark – Need to batch watermark photos iWatermark to the rescue.
DropWatermark – Another great tool for batch watermarking your photos.
Image Buddy – Batch photo printing on the MAC
Proshow Gold – A PC only slideshow and presentation software, I liked it so much I use ProShow Producer ProShow Golds big brother.
PicturesToExe – A PC only slideshow and presentation software a long time easy to use favourite of mine.
FotoMagico – A MAC only slideshow and presentation software, which I love. Bonix makes some other great software for photography as well.
Arcsoft – Looking for ways to make difficult multi picture panoramas a snap then Arcsofts Panorama Maker is for you.
Media Pro – When you are ready to build a catalogue of your images Expression Media 2 will be in your top choices for the task.
Extensis Portfolio – Stand alone image cataloging software
Photo Matix – For High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing
HDR Express/Expose – From Unified Color for High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing
Online Photo Software
x-Rite – When it comes to color management tools these are the go to people. A great tool is the i1Display 2 if you just want to calibrate and profile your monitor the first step in a color managed workflow.
Chromix Colorvalet – Want a no fuss way of getting that special profile for that esoteric printing paper, ink and printer combo.
Color Mall – Tools for a color managed workflow
Rods and Cones – Color management resources and products
Hutch Color – Color targets and reference materials for scanners.
Solux – Daylight corrected light sources for print- monitor color matching.
OttLite – Daylight corrected lamps for crafts
DryCreek Photo – A great site with resources for photographers on print image matching and custom printer profiles
Back-up to the Cloud
Dropbox – Mac or PC simply the easiest cloud storage out there and 2 gigs free!
CrashPlan – A cross platform way to back up your data
SugarSync – A cross platform way to back up your data
iCloud – On a PC icloud is a web site that turns your web browser into an online computer.
MozyHome – Backed by EMC, Mozy can protect your music, photos, and other computer files for generations to come.
Grey Cards and Color Checkers
Robin Myers Imaging – The best Digital Grey Cards on the market
ColorChecker Classic – X-rites Classic color checker
ColorChecker Greyscale – X-rites three step grey-scale target
ColorChecker Passport – X-rites portable color checker
Lens Filters Anyone ?
Nikon Filters – Polarizers and NC (Neutral Clear) Filters are still very useful
Singh-Ray – A long time favourite of mine and the makers of really great filters. Check out their Vari-ND filter and their Gold-N-Blue Polarizer. If you are looking for aGraduated Neutral Density Filter the Galen Rowel Series are the industry standard.
Lee Filters – They have all sorts of graduated filters, filter holders, hoods and filters for effects.
Genus ND Fader Filter – The Genus ND Fader is a compact all-in-one variable neutral density
Digital Infrared – Have a look at a small gallery of my Digital Infrared images linked here halfway down the page.
Lifepixel – If you are considering converting your camera to shoot infrared images these are the guys to do it.
Photo Tidbits – On digital infrared photography
Infrared Landscapes – Infrared photo site an oldie but a goodie
GPS Hardware for your camera (Global Positioning Satellites)
Nikon GP-1 – The hardware to connect to your GPS capable camera
Nikons GPS Site – Want to know some of the basics Nikon has it here.
Dawn Technology – It doesn’t matter what camera you have these guys have a GPS Module for your camera
Solmeta – Geotagging hardware
Foolography – More GPS hardware options
GPS Software – Software that will show and share you GPS tagged photos – Want to see it in action? Click Here!
Nikon ViewNX 2 – Nikon’s flagship browser and file converter
Photo Mechanic – The Professional choice
JetSoft Photo – a feature-rich digital photo organizing, creating, sharing software that has Geocaching options
Google Earth – Its so cool being able to integrate a GPS enabled camera with Google Earth
TimeLapse Software – Want to watch a NHL hockey game but only have 60 seconds? Click Here!
QuickTime – Apple’s Quicktime Pro MAC/PC
TimeLapse Assembler – A MAC only program that makes assembling a TimeLapse a snap
TimeLapse Assembly for PC – A PC only program for assembling a TimeLapse
Solar and Portable Power
Brunton – Portable Solar Panel for extended outdoor trips
Solarmio – Portable Solar Panel for extended outdoor trips
Xantrex – Power converters
Lind – Power converters
Don Rowe Answers – Do I need Modified Sine Wave, or Pure Sine Wave power Inverter? The answer is if you are using a Solar Panel -to- Power Inverter -to- Pro Digital camera is most likely Yes!
PhotoShelter – The solution for showing and selling your photographs
Nikon’s Image Space – Two gigs of free online storage for your photos and movies
SmugMug – Online Sharing
PBase – Online Sharing
Flickr – Online Sharing
PhotoBucket – Online Sharing
Blipphoto – Online Sharing
Online Books and Printing
Blurb – Make your own stunning photo book
PrintRoom – Online photo printing service
Shutterfly – Online photo printing, calendars, books and more
Snapfish – Online photo printing, calendars, books and more
Web and Reading
Peachpit Press – Peachpit produces books and e-books on all things photography. Of special note is their “Real World” series of instructional books. Have a look for their following titles
Dry Creek Photo – A great resource of Digital Printing and print services color management.
Rooky Nook Books – Books about photography and focused on digital photography
Pearstone – Nice fluid head tripod at a great price
Manfrotto – Better fluid head and tripod legs
Glidecam – Ever wanted to make your DSLR shots look like your are flying, glidecam is for you.
Beachteck – Audio control when recording to your DSLR
Rode – Their Video Mic Pro is a must have for DSLR Videographers
Sennheiser – A Sennheiser “ew 100-ENG G3” is the standard kit for wireless Mic’s, also look at the ME-66
Zoom – Need to record a separate audio track for you DSLR Video productions the H4n is the choice
Singular Software – DualEyes for replacing in camera audio with a seperately recorded track
And for the Uber-Geeks (you know who you are. But if you are not sure click on here for a definition)
I have been trying to email you to thank you for your time that you spent in Miami at Nikon school and really appreciate your time, that’s why I said that your short clip brought tears to my eyes because I have three kids of my own and I was a traveling man just like and could identify with it all!Eddie B.
It was really nice meeting. I enjoyed the lecture you gave entitled “Introduction to Digital SLR Photography, Color, Light and Technology” on October 15 & 16, 2010. You were witty and very informative. Your presentation drew me and the audience in and held our attention for the two day classes. There was never a dull moment. I will begin to implement all of your suggestions and I am confident I will improve and be a better photographer. Thank you for your helpful comments and suggestions.Marilyn C.
Thoroughly enjoyed the Nikon Training program yesterday at Babson College. Presentations were informative and entertaining. It was a great opportunity (as well as a 60th Birthday Gift). I got a tremendous amount of valuable information and had a great time.John L.
Just a brief note to say how much the NHS members enjoyed your totally superb presentation! I’ll go out on a limb to state that your presentation was the highlight of the Convention! What a masterful job you did, and I thank you on behalf of the Nikon Historical Society. Totally professional!Mike Symons
Nick I want to tell you how much I enjoyed your classes last weekend. I attended both. I was the one who know Ron Edmonds. I should have taken a class when I first started using digital photography. Like I told you, I shot alot in the film era which is why I knew Ron and Andy DeLucia and Gary Fong. I stopped shooting for a long time. Digital is a whole new world. Thanks for a hint of what is available. I know the only way to learn more is to practice.Larry M.
Hi Nick, Thanks for the great input. I can’t wait to take your advice, my camera with its 18-55mm lens and those Cokin filters and go shoot more landscapes! It was super of you to take the time to get me started in the right direction. I really appreciate the time you took from your busy schedule to help me. Nikon is lucky to have you as an Ambassador/Instructor and I was lucky to end up in your class! Thanks again, Lynn R.Lynn R.
You were one of the instructors this past weekend at The Nikon School in Cleveland. This was the fifth Nikon School that I have attended. (two film classes, two digital classes) This was the first time you instructed one of the classes that I attended. I want you to know you are a great instructor! I really enjoyed your style of instruction. I also appreciate how you have follow up info on your web site for Nikon School students. Thanks again for a great class.Eric I.
You were witty and very informative. Your presentation drew me and the audience in and held our attention for the two day classes. There was never a dull moment. I will begin to implement all of your suggestions and I am confident I will improve and be a better photographer. Thank you.Marilyn C.
Nick, I am so hugely grateful for you. One of best things I ever did was take the course with you. ShellyBShelly B
“Really enjoyed Nikon school this past weekend! Fabulous teacher! Very inspiring! I had a hard time going to work this morning. I wanted to go out and take pictures instead!”Lori C.