Below are the products I use every day as a photographer (or have used in the past).
I tested a lot of products, but these worked the best for me. I am sure they will help you as much as they have helped me.
If you decide to purchase any of them, I get a small commission, and you get a discount. It’s a win-win situation. 😋
Lightroom Presets & Luminar 4 LUT (FREE)
As promised, you can download almost 400 Lightroom presets here. You can expect more soon.
- Easy to install
- Change the look of your image with 1 click
Luminar 4: AI Photo Editor ($10 OFF)
Luminar 4 has received EISA Award for the Best Product 2019-2020.
To put it in simple term, it is an AI-fueled photo-editing powerhouse.
Since I’ve started using Luminar 4 to edit all my photos, my creativity sky-rocketed. It has tons of simple-to-use tools, which change the look of your photo with just a drag of a slider.
If you want to find out more, you might consider reading the Luminar 4 review.
Use my discount code OTTER10 to get $10 OFF your next purchase.
- Basic and advanced tools
- Powerful AI’s
- Very affordable one-time purchase
- Great alternative to Lightroom
- FREE looks included
Aurora HDR 2019: HDR Software (FREE Trial)
Aurora HDR 2019 is a revolutionary software designed specifically to create/merge HDR photos. When I don’t use Lightroom, Aurora HDR 2019 is my go-to tool for HDR merging, it does an amazing job at doing so.
Use my discount code: OTTER10
- The best HDR software
- NO credit card required
- From Skylum – Luminar 4 designer
- Use code “OTTER10” for $10 discount
Siteground: Webhosting (60% off the first year)
I use Siteground to host the Otterreviews.
Before I started using Siteground, I looked into every possible option and Siteground was miles ahead of everyone else.
- Great value/price ratio
- Several free built-in options that would otherwise cost you several $100’s/year
- 60% off the first year
Siteground is the way to go, in my opinion.
If I had to choose again, I’d go for Siteground again. It’s inexpensive and provides a great website performance.
Skillshare: Online Classes (FREE Trial)
Skillshare is a premium online classroom, where you can find courses on any topic.
You can find video tutorials from professional photographers, who will teach you everything they know about photography.
- Tons of great classes
- Very reasonable price for the value
- Free trial
- World-renowned online classroom
I prepared a step-by-step tutorial that will guide you from the very start of your photographic career to the point when you start your photos.
If you’ve already mastered a certain step, feel free to skip ahead to the part you’re unsure about.
1. Pick a Camera!
To start your photographic journey you need a camera first, duh. You could argue that a smartphone’s camera is good enough, but trust me, it’s not.
➜ Find out which are the Best Cameras for Beginners
2. Learn How to Take Photos
This step takes the longest to master. It won’t happen all of a sudden. You need to practice. And you will because it’s fun 🙂
➜ These Basic Photography Tips for Beginners will virtually speed-up the process of learning for you.
➜ Planning is key in photography, especially landscape photography. Learn How to Plan Landscape Photos
➜ Here is EVERY factor that affects the sharpness of your photos: How to Take Sharp Photos
3. Photo Editing
Yes, you “need” to edit your photos – if you want to achieve the pro-like results.
➜ Here’s the list of the Best Photo Editors available.
➜ If your mind is almost made up, you can check review of arguably the best two photo editors available: Lightroom and Luminar 4
➜ I highly recommend Luminar 4 for beginners, here’s why.
➜ If you choose Lightroom, here’s how to Sharpen Photos.
➜ Orange and Teal is a very desirable look these days: Learn How to Achieve it.
4. Selling Your Photos
You’ve taken some great photos by now. It’s time to sell them. But where?