I have a bit of a problem when it comes to spending money on tools and videos for editing. Like a big problem. I am totally weak when I am faced with a cool new product that I think will get me closer to the images I want to create, and I have wasted money in the past. Not every photography purchase I’ve made has been a homerun. There have been times that I have regretted slamming down my money. However, I can say that these four editing purchases I’ve made recently were worth every cent.
As you guys know, I am big on composites. I’ve been working on my compositing skills long before I even picked up a camera! You could say that I am a little obsessed. I mean, I have a whole store dedicated to Digital Backgrounds for compositing called The Educated Shutter. So I am always on the lookout for more tips and tricks to help take my composites to the next level.
Tara Lesher is a compositing queen. All you have to do is look at the images on her Facebook page to see that. When I got the opportunity to learn some of her secrets, I jumped on it. I wasn’t disappointed.
Tara’s videos are perfect for beginners, and they are jammed pack full of tips about everything from how to make your composites more realistic (which I have a few tips of my own) to where to find good stock.
I’ve been a huge fan of Jessica Drossin since I started photography almost 5 years ago. She’s on my 5 Photographers You Should Follow on Facebook list, a part of my Post Processing Tools I Can’t Live Without, and she even made an appearance on my 5 Awesome Photography Freebies list.
I freakin’ love her and her work. No secret there.
I have to say, though, that her Illumination Overlays have to be one of the best things she sells. I loved (and will use) every single overlay that was included in her set.
When I purchased her overlay set, I decided to play around with some finished images I edited for a previous session. I thought that those images were done, and I had pulled out everything that I could. I was wrong.
These overlays are so good that I could just edit with these exclusively. That is amazing to me.
Pixelsquid is an amazing resource for photographers who create composites. I learned about this little gem from Tara Lesher’s Facebook Group. (Seriously, go join this group). Let’s just say that I jumped at the opportunity to join this site.
Pixelsquid creates 3d stock that you can move in any direction and has a realistic shadow. This is huge! A complete game changer! I love them so much that I had to list all the ways on my Pixelsquid review.
I can’t tell you how many times I had to pass up the perfect stock because it wasn’t the right angle. This is a website that you have got to see!
This is another goodie from my Post Processing Tools that I Can’t Live Without. Like, I literally couldn’t live without these actions.
These actions are super easy to use, and they make a big impact on my images. I don’t know what I would do without these in my workflow. Greater Than Gatsby has just released the second set from their Innocence Collection. I haven’t had the opportunity to check those out but I will definitely be keeping it in mind.
Those 4 photography editing purchases were worth every cent. Are there any editing purchases that have taken your images to the next level? Make sure to tell me about it in the comments.