There’s no getting away from two facts:
1. I am a fan of almost everything Apple for the work that I do and the way that I do it.
2. I rely on my two and a bit year old iPhone 5S for quite a lot of things when I’m out on assignments.
The speed of the 4G network and the brilliant array of apps available for all smartphones has changed the way that I do some of my jobs quite a lot in the last few years. Recently I wrote about getting pictures away quickly and I have also written about the workflow that I use with some of the phone apps and you can see from a current grab of one of the app pages on my phone I have quite a few ways to do similar things.
I’d like to talk in this blog about some of many of the ‘un-sung heroes’ of my mobile life – at least one of which is a very new and a very, very welcome addition to the set up.
The backbone of my mobile image acquisition and transmission system is formed of the Eye-Fi and Photogene apps which have been covered at length before but you can also see plenty of other work related apps on this single screen.
The newcomer (bottom right) is ColorTRUE – an app from X-Rite that allows you to colour calibrate your mobile phone or tablet screen if you have a suitable X-Rite monitor calibration device. Sadly, iOS doesn’t have system-wide colour management (yet?) but it is possible to view your images in the ColorTRUE gallery and see very accurate renditions. They have a partner program to allow other app developers to take advantage of this big leap forward and I hope that others will take advantage of this soon – I’ve just written to the makers of Photogene to ask them very nicely if they would get involved in this very useful scheme.
The screen grab below shows what the app looks like in action
Also on the home screen is Easy Release which is a brilliant way to get model releases signed on-the-fly that I’ve been using for a few years. Lenstag is a way of recording and verifying ownership of equipment, Transmit is a fully functioning FTP upload app and the mobile version of WeTransfer is incredibly useful for sending big batches to some clients.
My phone has a couple of dozen apps that are photography and business related apps but last, and by no means least, comes the Dropbox app. I have lost count of the number of times I have been able to send links to clients for images and folders of images that I have stored in the cloud using Dropbox Pro whilst I am literally in the middle of shooting and nowhere near a computer. The Dropbox app is excellent and it really does make having all of my edits stored on Dropbox a great idea. Two minutes or less after opening the app the client has access to their files no matter where I am. So simple and so clever.
I do also use my iPhone for making and receiving phone calls but its use as a portable digital hub for my business has made being out of the office a pleasure.