School Photography Resources

Here is a list of links that is useful for a school photographer, this list will grow with time, so please check back.  Please feel free to add your own!

The below links are not necessarily vendors recommended by myself or PhotoLynx.  Most, however, do come from client recommendations, or working relationships we have with these companies.  Please do your homework and check out any company you may choose to work with from this list to be sure that they are up to your standards.

The Best School Photography & Volume lab software (OK it may be a little biased)

http://www.PhotoLynx.com

Tethering Software:

Nikon, It’s free!: (Works in 64 bit WIndows with .jpg, RAW has issues)
http://www.diyphotobits.com/2008/11/28/diyphotobitscom-camera-control-21-greens

Nikon (Looks like it’s for Mac!):
http://www.mountainstorm.co.uk/photography/Tether-Download/Tether-Download.html

Nikon Tethering solution for 1/2 price $50.00:
http://www.oxfordeye.co.uk/tetherPro/TetherPro.aspx

Nikon Tethering solution for $95 (32 Windows only):
http://www.breezesys.com/NKRemote/index.htm

Nikon Capture Control Pro from Nikon $99.00 (30 Day Free Trial):
http://www.nikonmall.com/detail/NIK+VSA56405

Canon (64 bit Vista & XP not supported, but will work on 64 bit Windows 7 with an canon camera that offers vista drivers, See chart at the bottom of this page):
http://www.breezesys.com/DSLRRemotePro/index.htm

Fuji S5:
http://www.photolynx.com/downloads/3rd_party/S5Capture.zip

Olympus E Series:
(Ecapture) http://www.imagecraft.com

Pentax Remote Assistant 3 (Mac Only).
http://www.dpreview.com/news/0705/07052501pentaxra3osx.asp

Sony offers a free utility that comes with alpha series cameras called “Remote Camera Control”

School Picture Contract Template:

http://www.photolynx.com/downloads/misc/blank_contract_template.zip

Click and Safe Program for providing ID cards that can be used for Emergancy purposes by parents:

http://www.clickandsafe.com/news.htm

Find a Lab Local to You:

http://www.photolynx.com/modules.php?name=Find_a_Lab

Great Resource for Promotional Flyers,  Sales Brochures, Money Envelopes, etc:

http://www.marathonpress.com/schools-and-events/service-items/calendars

Yearbook Publishing Company for Elementary & Middle School Yearbooks:

http://www.custom-yearbooks.com/

ID Card Supply & Printer Company:

http://www.advantidge.com

http://www.heigltech.com

Data Recovery & Back up:

http://www.gillware.com/login
Username: photoLynx
Password: users

Get a list of Schools in Your Area online:

http://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/

Volume CD Burner

http://www.primera.com/bravoII_auto_printer.html

Green Screen Lighting Diagram

http://www.photolynx.com/downloads/misc/Green_Screen_Lighting_Diagram.zip

Green Screen Paint & Backgrounds

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/90460-REG/Rosco_150057110128_Chroma_Key_Green_Paint.html

http://www.dennymfg.com/store/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage&product_id=190&category_id=85&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=26

Volume Data Entry:

http://www.temposolutions.com/

School Group and Sport Team Risers:

http://www.gpsrisers.com/

Online Image Hosting & Ordering Solutions for School Photographers:

http://www.DigiProofs.com

http://www.SimplePhoto.com

http://www.MorePhotos.com

http://www.ImageQuix.com

In-House or Online Order System (Built more for Senior Portraits)

http://www.reflectconnect.com/products/backdrop

These guys will etch lines into your camera’s viewfinder to help with better cropping.  They’re great for adding lines to help keep the head sizes consistent!

http://www.croplines.com/

Pre-Perforated Camera Cards & Labels designed specifically for the school Photographer’s needs.

Multi-Graphics by Tursso – They have no website with their school photography products listed on it.  Call John direct at 651-229-6358.

Bad Check Collection Company that specializes in working with School Photographers and their customers.  You get back 100% face value of the check.

http://www.followthefrog.com/services/electronic_recovery.htm

Chris Wunder (Chris Wunder is a 25-year veteran in the photo marketing business) Articles & Workshops:

Article
Workshops

Put Your Data & Images Online For Your School Accounts to Proof the Names!
ProofMyClass.com

Much More to Come!

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11 Responses to School Photography Resources

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  2. Renee says:

    My question is what are some links to places to order your supplies for school picture day and retake orders? Where do people get these things? I am having a hard time locating them online. Also the envelopes you deliver the pictures in. I didn’t see any of this in your links. I would appreciate if you pointed me in the right direction.
    Thank you

  3. Jenn White says:

    I’d like to recommend Walter’s Publishing for school yearbooks – I have done my children’s elementary and middle yearbooks for 9 years now, and do them entirely digitally. I’ve worked with Lifetouch, Taylor, and Jostens, and find Walter’s is exactly what I need. Personal assistance, GREAT tech support (especially when it’s just me being stupid) and prices that can’t be beat. With more moms digital scrapbooking, it makes sense to look for a company that is comfortable with a full digital solution. (Not some crazy online program you have to learn, I use Photoshop Elements, cheap and easy!)

    Thanks for the great blog, lots of good stuff here!

  4. hector says:

    hey you misspelled RESOURCE in teh titel

  5. Hey Thanks for pointing that out! It’s fixed now. It’s been like that for a while and I never noticed it.

  6. hector says:

    BTW, thanks for this site. its great !

    keep up the awesome work man.

  7. Anton says:

    Where can I find school picture envelopes?

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  9. Kevin Torres says:

    For those looking for Prepay Envelopes for school ordering you can use companies like Marathon Press they have a software that helps design your prepay envelope. Or you can use a lab which I use that allows you to create your own custom front and back pages with Richmond Pro Labs they will send you info on dimensions and the prices can’t be beat.

  10. Maahi says:

    Hi all i would like to share with all of you more resource as a The 20 Best iPhoneography Resources and Websites

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