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What non-photo software do you use for work?

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    Posted: 26 June 2022 at 23:42
By "non-photo" I mean everything that's NOT about your image-files; not photoshop/lightroom/topaz/etc.

I'm guessing everyone has some sort of billing/invoicing, some sort of tax-prep, etc. Quickbooks, or the like.

Maybe a client-side web-interface for booking/ordering/etc? (Maybe that comes with whatever gallery/hosting site you use?).

Contact-list software? Tracking clients, models, industry-contacts, other shooters, etc etc etc?

I ask because I have recently begun exploring "Project Management" software, and it struck me this might be a very good tool for handling some of the more-ambitious photoshoots: location-scouting, connecting with subcontractors, ID'ing gear if needed to buy/rent (and vendors of same) etc... storyboards, lookbooks, style-guides, other "inspo" for you (and for any fellow-creator / collaborators); client req's, directions, guidance, etc; and so forth.

I wondered if anyone uses such "PM" software for their photography; and if so... which?

And then, the followup/related question (whether or not you use "PM" software) is: what else is "essential" or "important" to what you do?

(Edit to add: I can also imagine PM-software being a good tool for art-students doing photography, with a "senior thesis" project, etc; or just an avid hobbyist (which is where I am, more or less); so, anyone should feel free to join in the topic, not "just" business folk... but I'm presuming those who buy their food & pay their rent with photos are the most-likely to have the most-nuanced view of such software...)

Edited by Steve-S - 26 June 2022 at 23:51

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