*Not all links are affiliate links, I wanted to recommend the things I use or have used and loved. I've set up this page as a guide to recommendations for readers who are interested in the same things I am. I hope this saves you time and money. It's truly my pleasure!
I UPDATE THIS PAGE WEEKLY SO BE SURE TO CHECK BACK IN!
(Do you have a suggestion? Email me at pixelsbytina@gmail.com)


PHOTOGRAPHY EDUCATION

CreativeLive
An online education platform that broadcasts live classes to an international audience. I love them because their classes are reasonably priced and you can learn on your own time. You get to feel part of a community. Chase Jarvis is an amazing photographer and teacher, and he hosts a series on Youtube where you can ask him questions about your own learning journey.
I highly recommend! Watch FREE online courses live at CreativeLive.com.

Shaw Academy
Shaw Academy is a largest live online educator, provides online skill development courses like photography, financial trading, digital marketing, & nutrition.


FACEBOOK GROUPS (Please read the group rules before joining or posting.)

A Photographer's Community
"This is group for people with a passion for photography to share, learn and grow. This group will be focused on COMMUNITY over competition. Please add your photographer friends😁❤️

Please direct all business inquiries to emmaleebessler@gmail.com "

TheLawTog® - the legal resource for photographers
"This is a community group for photographers to get to know each other, network, and share info on biz, marketing, the law, and more. Please be aware that requests to join the group will be declined if we can't find any indication on your public profile that you are a photographer. While this group is primarily for photographers, we do admit other creative entrepreneurs at times." 

build + bloom by jessica whitaker
"BUILD + BLOOM is a safe space for creatives to encourage and inspire. Whether you are a fashion blogger, photographer, or budding social media strategist, there's a spot for you at the table. This is a creative community where everyone is welcome! Our top priority is to encourage authenticity, creativity, and honesty. This is not a group for self-promotion, but a place to receive honest insight from outside opinions." 

Photography - Education - Heck Yeah!
As you improve, we all improve.
Get critiqued!
Ask for or offer help!
Post referrals!
Post your latest work!
CLASSES: BenSasso.com/Education
PRESETS: HeckYeahPresets.com
Be awesome to each other.
Hosted by:
BenSasso.com



YOUTUBE CHANNELS

There is no better place to go if you are looking to learn all you can for free than on YouTube. I'll share the channels that I'm subscribed too and I honestly feel like these are the best ones. They are genuine people, fun to follow and they all have something to say that will inspire you.

AdoramaTV
AdoramaTV has something for any visual creator wanting to have more fun and a better experience with their camera.  The hosts seek to engage with the viewers through their passion and knowledge, helping them feel more confident when they’re taking photos or video. 

Chase Jarvis
// cjLIVE: A weekly show with world's best creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. [Every Wed]
//  Daily Creative: Your questions on career, creativity, and living the life you want answered. [Every Tues & Thurs]
// cjRAW: A series exploring creativity, hustle + other stuff you want to know. [Whenever!]

Peter McKinnon
"I teach things about photography and cinematography. Oh, I also VLOG. :) And drink coffee. Lots of coffee."

Jared Polin
You will find new videos posted most days of the week.  You will the best photography video/audio podcast posted on Mondays.  Other series include "Real World Reviews" "5 Min Portraits" "Unboxing and Sniff Tests" "Rapid Fire Critiques" and much much more.

Tony & Chelsea Northrup
Subscribe now for free:
  * Photography tips and tutorials
  * Camera and lens reviews
  * Photoshop and Lightroom tips
  * Weekly photography news and photo reviews
  * Weekly LIVE shows you can join in on--every Thursday at 5PM ET! More info at http://sdp.io/live

Jessica Kobeissi
FASHION & PORTRAIT photography tutorials and photoshop editing tutorials.


PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST SITES

Viewbug
20 new photography contests every month; judged by world-renowned professional photographers, and sponsored by top brands. Share your best pictures online. Inspire others and be inspired. Option to sell your work.

YouPic
The YouPic community of photographers lives and breathes photography. Join in - learn, share your images and vote on others in our photo community.

Pixoto
Pixoto is the worlds largest free photo contest site with hundreds of active free photo contests every day.

Photocrowd
New photography contests added daily. Enter your images. Join our community.
Multiple Competitions · Win Prizes & Gear · Expert Judges · Photographer Community
Services: Photo Contests, Global Community, Professional Feedback, Sell Your Work



FREE EDITING SOFTWARE

Raw Therapee
A cross-platform raw image processing program.

GIMP
GIMP is a versatile graphics manipulation package.

Paint.net
A free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

Inkscape
It is used by design professionals and hobbyists worldwide, for creating a wide variety of graphics such as illustrations, icons, logos, diagrams, maps and web graphics.

Darktable
An open source photography workflow application and raw developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

Photoscape
The basic concept of PhotoScape is 'easy and fun', allowing users to easily edit photographs taken from their digital cameras or even mobile phones.

LIGHTROOM PRESETS

Landscape Legend
The most comprehensive suite of Lightroom presets created specifically for landscapes and nature photos. The presets in Landscape Legend will help you to bring blue skies to life, boost autumn colors, enhance sunsets, add vibrance to trees and fields, and so much more.

HDR Lightroom Presets For Awesome Photos The Hdr Hero Lightroom Presets Allow Professional And Hobbyist Photographers To Get Stunning Hdr-like Effects With Any Photo In Lightroom.

Deviant Art
The world's largest online social community for artists and art enthusiasts, allowing people to connect through the creation and sharing of art.


PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR (RENT OR BUY)

Henry's
Canada's digital camera store. Shop online for new, used and demo digital cameras, buy digital SLRs and video cameras. Save money and still get what you want at Henry's!
Used cameras, lenses, and more. 90 Day Warranty. Shop Now!

Adorama
Offers a wide selection and prices on digital cameras, lenses,  pro video, televisions and computers from top brands. What I love about this store is that it is more than a store, as their tagline says. If you follow them on Youtube, you will find an extensive library of educational videos by top photographers. It's really worth a look!

The Camera Store
Calgary's premier photographic retailer, providing exceptional service to photographers all across Canada.

Vistek
Vistek is Canada's Camera store - shop for the top brands of dslr cameras, camera lenses and more.

Visions
I love Visions! I bought all my cameras and lenses there, they are super helpful, friendly and they have some of the best deals in town.

KEH Camera
KEH Camera has been serving professional and amateur photographers since 1979. Today, KEH Camera is the world's largest provider of high quality, previously used camera and photographic equipment meeting nearly every need large or small.

Amazon
I buy a lot of my accessories here, I wouldn't buy a lens or a body here because of the mailing factor, it stresses me out way too much!


SELL & Side Hustles for photographers and artists (presets, t shirts, prints & wall art, freelance, etc..) 

RedBubble
Online art community featuring wall art, design, photography and t-shirts by artists worldwide. Buy cool art & t-shirts or sell your art! 
Save 30% on Greeting Cards and Post Cards!

DeviantArt
The world's largest online social community for artists and art enthusiasts, allowing people to connect through the creation and sharing of art.

Printful
What's neat about Printful is that you can connect it to your online store with Shopify or your website with Weebly to name a couple. They dropship your product and ship it to your customer for you!

Fiverr
A global online marketplace offering tasks and services, beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed, from which it gets its name. The site is primarily used by freelancers who use Fiverr to offer services to customers worldwide.
Professional Logo Designer Starting at $5!

Sellfy
Open your store for free and start selling within minutes. Sellfy handles everything from your product hosting, payments to secure checkout and content delivery to end customers. Easily customize the look and feel of your store. Match your existing brand and be consistent on your social media website and store. Use Sellfy to sell directly to your audience. Whether it's Facebook, Youtube, Soundcloud or your own website - just add a purchase link or embed "Buy now" buttons to start selling.

MyAppBuilder
Cloud based App Platform to create apps as well as awesome backend support for creating apps!



SELL OR BUY STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY

Alamy
I have been a contributor on Alamy since 2015,
I am not very active, but the reason why I chose Alamy is #1, they let you sell your images on other sites as well and #2, they are one of the better paying sites.
Save 20% Off All Video and Imagery on Alamy!

Bigstock
An online royalty free, international microstock photography website that sells images via a credit-based system. Bigstock's photos, vectors and illustrations cost from between 1 and 6 credits each, depending on size, with credits ranging from $.90 to $3.00 USD.
7 Day Free Trial - Images (35 free)

Shutterstock
A leading global provider of high-quality licensed images, videos, and music. ... Content creators contribute their work to Shutterstock, where end users buy and use it in a diverse array of creative personal and business projects.
SAVE 10% at Shutterstock with Coupon Code: Flex10
 


ROYALTY-FREE STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY ( 100%FREE)

Check out my ultimate list of free stock photography websites on the blog!

Pexels
Provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.

Pixabay
A vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes.

Unsplash
Do-whatever-you-want free HD photos. Gifted by the world's most generous community of photographers


SOCIAL MEDIA FOR Photographers & EMAIL MARKETING

In all the social media apps out there, I recommend these four for photographers: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and of course Instagram.

Hootsuite
Enhance your social media management with Hootsuite, the leading social media dashboard. Manage multiple networks and profiles.
Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Hootsuite Pro.

Email Marketing by VerticalResponse. Get started for FREE!
A subsidiary of Deluxe Corporation, helps you grow your business and connect with your customers wherever they are. Our full suite of online tools lets you do all your marketing – email, social media, mobile and more – easily from one account.

Mail.com
A web portal and web-based email service provider owned by the German internet company United Internet. It offers news articles and videos and a free webmail application with unlimited storage.

Tailwind
The smartest way to manage your presence across the visual web (Pinterest & Instagram), and offers a complete suite of marketing tools including Smart Scheduling, Analytics & Monitoring, Content Discovery, Promotion, Education and more.

MailChimp
The world’s largest marketing automation platform. It’s like a second brain that helps millions of customers—from small e-commerce shops to big online retailers—find their audience, engage their customers, and build their brand.


BUSINESS TOOLS

Gleam
Marketing apps designed to help you grow your business. Run competitions, capture emails and more. A business growth platform.

actiTime
A web-based timesheet for companies of any size and any business type. It allows you to enter time spent on different work assignments, register time offs and sick leaves, and then create detailed reports covering almost any management or accounting needs.

Squarespace
I will recommend this platform to build your website to anyone who asks. I have tried many others but in my opinion, Squarespace is the most professional with the best customer service, hands down. They also offer 10$ logos or free if you're already a subscriber.

Google Drive
Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more with Google Drive.

Google My Business
Take charge of what people see when they search for your business. Google My Business gives you the tools to update your listing, build a website, and engage with your customers from your phone, tablet or computer. Free.

Google Analytics
Get stronger results across all your sites, apps, and offline channels. Google Analytics Solutions offer marketing analytics products for businesses of all sizes to better understand your customers.

Google Docs & Forms
Plan your next camping trip, manage event registrations, whip up a quick poll, collect email addresses for a newsletter, create a pop quiz, and much more.

DocuSign
Recipients of a document click a link to open the documents on an internet-enabled device (like a mobile phone, tablet, or computer). Tabs and simple instructions guide the user through the signing process, even adopting an electronic signature. The recipient clicks Finish to save the signed document.
Try DocuSign eSignature FREE for 30 days!

Paypal
Pay with flexibility. Register your credit card or link your bank account to your PayPal account. You can pay by simply choosing PayPal at checkout, logging into your PayPal account, and confirming your payment. We complete the process for you, without sharing your financial details with merchants and sellers.
 


GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR BEGINNERS

 

PicMonkey
Create beautiful photos, logos, social media graphics, and facebook covers with PicMonkey's easy yet powerful photo editing and graphic design software.

Canva
Makes design simple for everyone. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more.



BLOG AFFILIATES

Flex Offers
An award-winning affiliate marketing network that provides comprehensive solutions to both advertisers and publishers. We use multiple marketing options, various data delivery options, and advanced payment solutions through NET 7 to create profitable partnerships.

ShareASale
Affiliates use ShareASale to find products to promote, and earn commission for referrals on those products.
Join shareasale.com, Earn Cash!

Amazon Associates
When website owners and bloggers who are Associates create links and customers click through those links and buy products from Amazon, they earn referral fees. It's free to join and easy to use.

Google Adsense
AdSense is a free, simple way to make money online by placing ads on your website. ... You can make more money online.

ClickBank
We are an internet retailer of top quality lifestyle products allowing manufacturers to sell their products & digital marketers to promote them.