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Recommended Resources: Photography


We utilize quite a few helpful tools and services on Tuts+, as well as teach how to use them through regularly published educational material on this site. Here are our top recommended resources for photography professionals, which is put together by our editorial staff.

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Tools & Gear

B&H Photo

B&H is world renown as the place to go for all your photo, video, pro audio and digital imaging needs. Their downtown Manhattan, New York store is massive and impressive to walk into, but you can tap into their vast collection of creative tools via their site. Learn more over at B&H Photo.


Adorama is another photo lovers superstore located in New York city, which you can tap into through their online store. They have a large selection of camera equipment and top quality gear to choose from. Stocked with the the very latest, the proven workhorses, and the must-haves — truly a photographic overload. Learn more over at Adorama.

KEH Camera

KEH Camera is he world's largest dealer of used photographic, digital, and film products. This is a great place to sell or trade your gear, as well as find those rare photography items you may need. Learn more over at KEH Camera.


Canon is one of the global leaders in the photo industry. Canon cameras cover the range of camera options, from entry-level to high-end professional SLRs at the very top of the market. Canon has embraced and mastered the multimedia DSLR and is making serious headway into the film industry with their video-producing cameras. Learn more over at Canon.


Nikon is another global leader in the photo industry. With over 90 years in the business, Nikon has a well earned reputation. They produce high quality cameras for entry level hobbyists, as well as high end professional workhorse cameras. Learn more about Nikon cameras at B&H photo.

Core Applications

Adobe Creative Suite CS6

Adobe Creative Suite CS6 is the industry leading suite of graphic design software. If you're looking to work professionally in the visual creative field, then this is the software package we recommend learning and investing in. The Design Standard edition contains Photoshop, Illustrator, as well as page layout software InDesign. Learn more over at Adobe.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Extended)

Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Extended) is the leading creative software for photographers. The new version of Photoshop has been given performance enhancements, so it's faster, more stable, and yes it's filled with image editing magic. Learn more over at Adobe.

Adobe Lightroom 4

The new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 software helps you create amazing images. You can improve your photos with one-click adjustments and a full range of cutting-edge advanced controls. This app is great for organizing, quickly adjusting and sharing your favorite photos. Learn more over at Adobe.


GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. We recommend this photo imaging software to get started with if you're on a budget. It's free software with an awesome toolset. Learn more over at GIMP's website.

Photo Mechanic

Photo Mechanic is a standalone image browser and workflow accelerator that lets you view your digital photos with convenience and speed. This software has powerful batch processing, full support for image variables, IPTC and Exif metadata, make it the perfect tool for any digital photographer. Learn more over at Photo Mechanic.

Stock Photography and Add-ons


At PhotoDune you can buy and sell royalty-free photographs and images starting at just $1. PhotoDune is an Envato Marketplace and sister site to Tuts+. Items are priced on the size/megapixels of each file. If you need quality, affordable stock photos for your next imaging project, then this is a great resource to tap into. Or join as a contributor and post your own photos for sale. Learn more about PhotoDune.


At GraphicRiver you can buy and sell royalty-free, layered Photoshop files, vectors, icon packs, design templates, and Adobe photo effect add-ons for just a few dollars. GraphicRiver is an Envato Marketplace and sister site to Tuts+. The site is home to a passionate community of designers and creative professionals. It's a great community to get involved with. Learn more about GraphicRiver.

Web Services

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is an ongoing membership that lets you download and install any of the Adobe Creative Suite applications. You also get online services for file sharing, collaboration, and publishing. Over time the cost of membership adds up, but it's a great way to get all your needed tools for a low initial investment cost. With this service you'll always have the most recent release of Adobe's top design software. Learn more over at Adobe.

Mobile Apps

Photoshop Touch

Transform your images with core Adobe Photoshop features in this app designed for tablets. You can combine images, apply professional effects, and share results from the convenience of your iPad. Use popular Photoshop features designed for the tablet such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters to create professional images. Learn more about this app at iTunes.

Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express software lets you use simple gestures to quickly edit and share photos from your mobile device. This basic photo editing app is free to download, though not feature rich. You can apply one-touch effects quickly, as well as simple effects. If you have basic photo editing needs, and want to do them on your iPad, then download this app. Learn more about this app at iTunes.

Adobe Revel

Revel is a photo app for your Mac, iPad, and iPhone where your photos act just like your email. Put photos into Revel and you can access them anywhere you have Revel installed, fully synched where you need them. Learn more about this app at Adobe.

iPhoto App

iPhoto mobile app is built for browsing, editing, and sharing your photos from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. It has all the tools you'd expect at your fingertips including cloud sharing of photos. Learn more about this app at iTunes.

Snapseed App

Snapseed is easy to work with on your iPad. Anyone can enhance, transform, and share their photos with ease using advanced features and photo effects. Learn more about this app at iTunes.

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