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Photo Editing Software
This free tool is simple and easy to get started when you want to create blog graphics for your blog. It is an online tool so you’ll need to be online to use it.
There is a paid version, Canva for Work, that will allow you to use your own fonts and easily resize images but the free version works well without the need t upgrade.
Be sure to look at the elements you add to your graphics, there are paid graphics along with free and you won’t be able to download your graphic if you’ve used a premium element or stock photo until you’ve paid.
These programs come together in the Adobe Creative Cloud photography bundle for $9.99/month.
If you’re a teacher or homeschooler, you qualify for a discount to access to all of their apps for only $19.99/month.
I do use Indesign for printable creation and Premiere Pro for video so this is totally worth it for me.
If you’d like to edit images on your phone, try the Pixlr app to get amazing images off of your phone.
Video Editing Software
There is a free version of this program that will allow you to create slideshow movies, you add the photos, then the program allows you to add text and music to quickly create a slideshow movie.
This is the most affordable video I could find for you guys. I use their program to capture screen recordings for my tutorial videos but they also allow you to edit videos in their video editor.
The deluxe plan is $1.50/month and I upgrade to 3 years for $1/month. It was a no brainer.
This member of Adobe Creative Cloud is a huge program and can do a ton. This is what I use to edit photos myself and it’s a big learning curve but if you have Creative Cloud already then it may be worth a try to learn how to use it.
I’m only using a fraction of it for my videos.
No one wants dull or dark photos, if you’re like me and live in Canada where the winters are long and natural bright light is in short supply for half of the year. You need lighting.
Lighting allows my photos to pop and I’m not constrained by the 2 hours of good lighting I have during the day.
While it’s a must if your home doesn’t have good lighting, if you have a room with giant windows and bright light, you can go without all of this equipment, that’s how I started.
I have the 14″ ring light because I’m in Canada and it went on sale during the lightning deal on Amazon so I snatched it up. If I had the budget I’d grab the 18″ but the 14″ has done me really well.
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When you start taking a ton of photos, you’ll notice if you use the same tabletop, your photos can start to feel blah.
Change things up with a new background with these cool photography backgrounds.
Not in your budget? No worries, try playing around with different types of wrapping paper.
Try to use the ones that are less shiny if you’re using a ring light, you will get a glare on your photos.
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