Our recommendations for regret-free / invest in your own self stuff that will make 2022 better than 2020 or 2021!
(We hope! Like, we REALLY hope!)
A list of stuff you'll love AND can write off as a photography business expense!
From formal and classy, to fun and floral, we LOVE these handmade camera straps from DragonneDesign in Quebec. Take your pick from a wide selection of fabrics, or customise and get your name/ or company name on your strap. Nice. All lovingly hand crafted + #MadeInCanada ! We think the gold skulls are the best.
Check them out - HERE.
Canadian Photo HISTORY wants YOU!
The Photo Historic Society of Canada is a Nonprofit Organization run by volunteers, whose mandate is “To advance the knowledge of and interest in the histories of photography”. Since 1974, the society has held monthly meetings, published a journal, (Photographic Canadiana), sponsored awards and publishing projects, hosted the Photographica Fair, a print show, and various in-person events for photography lovers. These people know their stuff, and LOVE to share what they know with anyone interested!
With the global pandemic in play, monthly meetings and presentations have gone virtual which is awesome, as their events are FREE and accessible wherever you are. Gotta love the "Zoom and tell" a weird and wonderful stuff "show and tell"!
We have added them to this "Me List" as we think $35. / year for a membership is a pretty sweet deal, and OR - as a registered Canadian Charity - you can donate to this awesome group AND get a TAX RECEIPT! Find them on CANADA HELPS - HERE.
Check them out at: phsc.ca
* NOTE: These guys have a super fun Instagram account + an email newsletter that rocks. To get their enews, send your email address to email@example.com using the subject “news” and they will add you their list. Easy. + ALWAYS interesting.
Up your editing game
and don't pay monthly!
Recently rated Apple's "App of the year" - Affinity Photo, is a professional image editing software that rivals Photoshop. It offers Raw Editing, HDR Merge, Panorama Stitching, Batch Processing, PSD Editing, 360 Image Editing, and Unlimited Layers.
And the best part? YOU OWN it. It's NOT a subscription.
For CA$74.99 on Windows or Mac or CA$29.99 on iPad. Instead of paying a monthly or yearly fee, it's a one-time purchase that comes with extensive editing tools + you can try before you buy - with the FREE trial.
Check it out HERE.
Go pro - with your luggage.
We are loving the Think Tank Photo - Retrospective 30 V2.0 shoulder bag. A classic look with some sweet innovative new features....
Ya know when you're trying to shoot with discretion in a quiet, sensitive situation.... You need something from your bag, but can't get it because that velcro closure is just too noisy and distracting to rip open?! ....UGH. Well, this bag could save your cookies next time.
The folks at Think Tank thought about that! Hook-and-loop "Sound Silencers" keep your stuff secure!
Fits a 15" laptop
Seam-sealed rain cover included
HEAPS of pockets and dividers
For extra security, they added a zippered opening under the main flap that tucks away when not in use.
+ more techy specs and 5-Star reviews.... to check out HERE.
Comes in black and pinestone (greeny/ gray) + slate blue
GREAT COFFEE - Delivered.
Kick start every shoot with GREAT COFFEE.
Every order from Sparkplug Coffee is Custom Built to your specs with premium Arabica coffee beans that are directly sourced and fairly traded. From bold dark roasts to a delish decaf, there's something for every coffee lover here!
The AUTOPILOT (sorta a subscription) coffee plan is easy-peasy, it's pay-as-you-go, nothing locked in, or membershipy. Just GREAT coffee - delivered on the regular. All on your terms!
Clients LOVE great coffee on set!
Our pals at SPARKPLUG COFFEE want to keep you fuelled with a Special BOGO deal for friends of PhotoED Magazine! Buy a bag of coffee and get one for 40%off with the gift code:
Does Starbucks need more of your cash? Not really! #ShopLocalCanada
BECOME a Patron
PATRONAGE HAS PERKS!
Not only do you get the magazine delivered to your door (3x/ year), your NAME will feature IN PRINT as one of our V.I.Ps - AND theres a whole other list of stuff/ options to support us - so we can continue to inspire - YOU! ... starting at only $3./ month!
Check out the details: HERE!