This is a list of the online services or shops I use and recommend for my photography and my online business. I happily recommend the sites that I personally use, whether I’m an affiliate or not. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Disclosure: A “*” after the link denotes affiliate links.
- B&H Photo* – I’ve been purchasing photography equipment here for years with great success. In fact, I can’t even think of a piece of my current dSLR equipment (camera and lenses) that wasn’t purchased through them! I’ve expanded to buying fine art inkjet papers here as well. Their website easy to use, their prices are always competitive, they often have free shipping and they have a solid reputation for good customer service. I always start my shopping for photography-related items here.
- Redimat – This is my primary source for matting supplies, both for exhibition framing and selling matted work at art fairs. They have a great selection of mat sizes and quality for good prices, along with all of the other supplies you need. They will also do custom mat cutting, if needed. I always select archival/conservation materials for my matting. It costs a little bit extra, but what’s the point in taking the care to create an archival fine art print if you aren’t going to take care of it in the display? If someone buys my work, I want it to be quality. Note: This is a wholesale site so there is a minimum required order and you may need to provide business information. If you need a single mat I suggest trying a local mat shop. Other options I occasionally use to source mats are MatShop.com (also wholesale) and ASW Express (not wholesale).
- ASW Express – I buy most of my exhibition frames here. I like to use the black gallery wood frames in 16×20 size for most of my rectangular prints, and I buy them in a box of four to make it cost effective (even better if you can catch a sale). See the sizing options for these frames here. This is the best price I’ve found for a wood frame of this depth, and it also includes the acrylic glazing (instead of glass) and hardware for hanging with wire. You will need to purchase wire separately. I prefer these deep frames to really help the print to stand off of the wall. I also prefer wood to metal, it has a nicer look and feel. All in all, I think these frames give a nice presentation of the work.
Side Note: For my square prints, I have also used IKEA RIBBA shadow box frames. These frames look nice but aren’t as good of quality (pressed particle board) or as easy to work with for transporting/hanging.
- Red River Paper – I love their greeting card papers! They are precut and scored for inkjet printing, and matching envelopes are available. I’ve test printed with the greeting card sampler, and favorite papers are Polar Matte (for a bright white paper) and Green Pix (for an off-white/warm tone paper). The Greeting Card Sample Pack is a great way to try out the papers and see which you like for yourself.
- Moo.com* – This is, hands-down, my favorite place to order printed postcards! You can have a different image printed on each one, and the quality of the printing and paper is excellent. They look like museum art cards! I can spot postcards printed by Moo a mile away in my postcard swap. You can use them as postcards, greeting cards (envelopes are available) or they look great matted and framed. I also use the Moo mini-cards as my business cards and identification labels. Using my affiliate link will give you 10% off of your first order.
- Vistaprint* – For larger quantities of postcards and for other logo-printed items, I come to Vistaprint. Their prices are excellent and they’ll send you great deals via email if you sign up for their list. Use my affiliate link for $5 off your first order.
- Animoto* – A great way to combine your photos into professional-looking video montages. Animoto has multiple video templates and lots of music to use in the creation of your video. It’s a fun way to combine and share your photos! You can watch a video I created for my e-course, A Sense of Place, using Animoto Pro here.
- Flickr – If you would like to get involved in an online photo community, Flickr is a great way to do it! You can easily upload your photos, share them in groups, and connect with photographers with similar interests. It’s free to set up an account. I share my photos on Flickr along with my blog, and use Flickr for all of my class discussion groups too.
- http://www.carbonite.com/en/“>Carbonite Online Backup* – So… do you have your photos backed up? Maybe you have a backup hard drive, which protects you from losing data in a primary hard drive failure, but in the case of fire, natural disaster or theft you might lose both your primary and backup hard drive. After a lot of research, I went with Carbonite for online backup services because they have unlimited storage of all file types for a great price. Most other reasonably-priced online back up services are for specific photo file types, such as JPG, PNG, GIF, or have limited storage included in the price. If you shoot RAW or want to back up Photoshop or other file types, you are out of luck. One caveat: Carbonite backs up the first 200GB quickly and then significantly slows the backup speed for anything beyond 200GB. If you have a large backup as I did (>400GB originally, now >800GB), I suggest you select the highest priority folders to back up first and then add other folders to the backup later.
- Aweber Email Marketing* – All of my email lists and delivery, whether it’s for the Kat Eye News, my online courses or the Liberate Your Art postcard swap, are through Aweber. This has been a fantastic tool to help me reach and connect with more people online! They make it easy to create your newsletters and also have great tools to integrate with WordPress, Facebook and Paypal. If you are thinking of adding a newsletter to your blog, I highly recommend Aweber.
- Inlinkz* – If you want to host link parties on your blog, Inlinkz is a great way to do it! The link up system is easy to use, visually appealing and there are many configurable features available to users. It’s been worth the subscription price.
- MediaFire – I started using this download service because it was free, but I’ve upgraded to a “Pro” account to eliminate the advertising. It’s easy to use and reliable.
- Go Daddy* – The Kat Eye Studio site is built on a WordPress theme and hosted through GoDaddy. They’ve been super easy to work with, extremely reliable and I love that I can call them for help. Use code WOWKES2013 for 20% off of your first order.