Basics Blog BWP Week Three

Great Blogging Tools You Might Like To Use

Let’s talk TOOLS!

Photography Hardware, Software and Accessories:
Phone Camera
Digital SLR
Point and Shoot
(or a combination of all three!)
DIY studio (discussed here)
Tripod: really useful for taking photos in low light
Props box (discussed here)
Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (or other online editing tools discussed here)

Analog Accessories:
Notebook
Great stationery
Diary
Scrapbook
Things that will help you keep track of what you are loving, what you are doing and what you are thinking
Apps For Your Phone:

Productivity, Task and Idea Managing Apps:
aNote: Like a virtual notebook and diary all rolled into one.  Cute custom folders and calendar syncing make this a super goodie.
Evernote: Sync saved web pages, notes and all kinds of other stuff between your computer and your phone
Dropbox: All your work, photos, files in one syncable app. The very best way to share files online, methinks.
Springpad: save articles, bookmark stuff to read later, manage to-do lists and more!

Photo Apps:
Instagram: Because it’s the best!  There’s a huge gang waiting for you there
Afterglow: A really great app with lots of filters and the ability to frame images in circular shapes. Win!
Diptic: Make cute photo grids/collages with your phone
PicStitch: Another cute photo collage app
Instapicframe: Another collage app for your phone images
Jittergram: Make your own moving gifs with this fun app
Phoster: Make mini posters (complete with rad text options) and share or save
Snapguide: Make a photo tutorial and share it with the Snapguide community or your own.
Hipstamatic: I must admit that I use Instagram and deleted Hipstamatic from my phone. But I know lots of people LOVE it.  You might too!
Incredibooth: Hipstamatic’s photo-booth brother. Super fun for taking shots of people/kids/pets!
Pano: for taking those fancy panoramic shots when your own camera can’t manage it
Vintique: Really great Instagram like app which will allow you to edit and then upload to Instagram
Labelbox: Add text labels to your images
Paper Camera: Cute effects for your pics (like neon and cartoon!)
A Beautiful Mess: Add text, doodles, borders and more to your pics!
Whitagram: Add white borders to images: perfect for landscape format shots.

Social Media Apps:
Instagram : because it really is a VERY social, accessible form of photo blogging
Pinterest: I love the iPhone Pinterest  app MUCH more than the iPad Pinterest app! Super great for pinning in supermarket queues or bank lines…
Instatag : autotag your images for wider reach, good if you are trying to grow followers
Spotify : Use it socially!  Share playlists with your circle, send tracks to your friends and colleagues
Pages for Facebook: in case you are admin to several pages, this app will help you manage them easily
Buffer: Add Buffer to your computer and phone and share items to Twitter or Facebook instantly (or to a schedule)
Mr Reader: An RSS Reader which you can link to your Buffer account, sharing items direct from Mr Reader to Twitter or Facebook
Hootsuite: Monitor, respond and add to your Facebook or Twitter streams via Hootsuite.
Feedly: Awesome magazine style RSS reader.

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Video and Podcasting Apps: 
Super8: Make cute vintage style mini-movies and share or save them
Cinemagram: Kind of like Instagram for the moving image…
iTalk: a great way to record audio (which you can then upload to Soundcloud to make your very own podcast!)

Design:
What The Font: will identify fonts you snap on the go (from a magazine or poster, for instance) so that you can make a note and use it later (on your blog!)
My Pantone: Your own portable colour palette library. So cool. Not cheap, but rad and super useful.

 

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