Are your photography expenses growing too fast or you simply want to reduce your outgoings this year? If you're open to alternative options, check out this list of free programs, from web design to photography!
Unfortunately, running a photography or videography business isn't cheap; our equipment is just one part of where our hard earned money goes out on. From editing photographs and video files, to adding various effects, and then storing and presenting our work, it all requires various types of software which generally come at a cost. 2018 already saw a price increase for Adobe Creative Cloud customers, and it appears that starting from February 2019, it will see another increase, according to Phoenix.
However, all is not gloom and there are ways to save your money and use it on something else. Maybe save up for that really good back support chair you always wanted to help you get through long editing sessions? To help you with that, Ghost Malone, who describe themselves as a "writer and reader" and a "pro creator" who has been "haunting libraries and internet since 199x", created a list of freely available tools you can use in your creative business or hobby.
The list covers drawing and design, animation and film, website building, and others. For example, Ghost Malone presents several free alternatives to drawing, design and post-processing, such as GIMP, Krita, Fire Alpaca, Autodesk Sketchbook, MediBang Paint, and Paint.NET. Another example, for editing vector graphics, is Inkscape, which is free and open source. The list goes on with several choices depending on what you're looking for.
Ghost Malone reminds that because these are free programs, they may lack in functionality or not have the type of tools that you may be used to. However, taking this into account, open source programs also offer the flexibility of customization and the option to build upon these programs to create an even more powerful one to suit your needs. If you want to take a look at the rest of the free resources, view them here.
Have you got any other suggestions for free or low-cost programs that may not be as widely known but feature in your workflow? Share it with the rest of us!
Lead image by Carl Heyerdahl via Unsplash, used under Creative Commons.