Pinch punch it's the first of the month! Here's July's issue of the wedding photographer's office gadgets. Who doesn't love photography and something new to have around the office? So each month I grab some of my favourite office essentials I'm loving right now. I'm always on the hunt for new toys and gadgets to satisfy my creativity. If you love weddings, photography, new gizmos and gear or just home office decor, these gadgets are worth checking out!
1. IKEA BERGENES
Probably the cheapest product I will ever feature on here but it's mega practical, the BERGENES from Ikea holds both a mobile phone and tablet. Each holder has two felt lined slots which ensures your phone or tablet is protected. It's a perfect tool for housing your iPhone / iPad whilst you have a film, video or have apps running, they're that cheap and handy I suggest you grab one for each room. Away from the office, they make the perfect stand to move about in your kitchen whilst you watch a program and cook!
2. KB Covers
There's a whole host of editing software out there for photographers, whether you’re a beginner or professional I can pretty much guarantee there are always a few handy shortcuts you can learn to speed up your workflow. I've recently been using Adobe Premier Pro more and more in the office, not only to create awesome videos for the Creative Resources & Advice Blog but also as I move towards adding video into my photography packages. As with all of Adobe's software there are a whole host of shortcuts you can use and if you're new to digital processing it can be a little daunting trying to learn them all... but KB Covers will help you learn and it's very affordable for any photographer or student. There's the added bonus that the covers also add some protection to your Apple Keyboard or Macbook... you can now eat and edit at the same time without clogging those keys up with crumbs.. never mind those coffee spills...bonus!
3. Offscreen Magazine
One thing I'm always conscious about during wedding season is to make sure I'm taking time away from any technology and read something that's educational and relevant to my work. If you work in the creative industry or are just fascinated by it, then I can highly recommend Offscreen Magazine. Published three times per year in beautiful print, Offscreen Magazine is a thoughtful deep-dive into the entrepreneurial spirit and creative thinking of people working with technology. I've bought almost every issue, in fact, it's my mission to get hold of the back issues I missed because the content is just so awesome and I highly recommended you grab yourself some copies. It's full of extensive, intimate interviews with creative thinkers, makers, and entrepreneurs and food for thought through reflective, personal stories on life and work in a connected world.
'Were' do I start with my spelling & grammar (See what I did there!). Seriously, it's a good job I'm good with a camera because I totally suck at most academic things and I imagine there are many of you creatives reading this that feel the same. But don't worry Grammarly will seriously help you out if you need help with your writing/blogging or social media posts. Grammarly offers a free browser extension for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox that corrects critical grammar and spelling errors. Grammarly for Chrome, Grammarly for Safari, and Grammarly for Firefox bring Grammarly’s powerful algorithms straight to you wherever you are writing online, including Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Tumblr. You can correct mistakes in your text with a single click. For users who want to supercharge their writing performance and leave no errors unchecked, Grammarly Premium is a paid upgrade that will instantly flag over 400 types of mistakes, including vocabulary enhancement suggestions, detects plagiarism, and citation suggestions.
For me and many wedding photographers who work from home, you can easily start to miss the buzz of an office workspace. I often turn to Spotify or educational podcasts to stop the silence of a home office but in reality, music and podcasts come sometimes be a little off putting. This month I found an awesome app that solves this problem, called Ambiance. This cool little app fills the gap between sometimes distracting music and the awful dead silence. Ambiance is an "environment enhancer" designed to help you create the perfect ambient atmosphere to relax, focus or reminisce. Choose from over 3500 free sounds, exclusive to Ambiance, to download and listen to, create customized sound mixes, cycle through playlists and much, much more. I was a little sceptical at first whether this would actually work, but it really does. One of my personal favourites is "Rain on a tent" .... bliss!
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