10 Ways Photographers Can Use the iPad for Workflow – Part 2

Social media tasks. Of course you can do this on your computer, but you generally don’t take your computer everywhere that you would take the iPad. So when you get an idea or the motivation you can DO the task instead of putting it on a list. Like where am I writing this from? I’m in-transit, on the NYS Thruway. (And, no, I’m not driving.)

contact sheet of photos of toddler (girl) and mirror

Easy metadata workflow when working with an assistant. I store contact sheets of photos that need archiving on the iPad. I reference them to write brief caption notes for my assistant and email them to him. He writes the full captions and Keywords in Lightroom, then exports and emails me the metadata. I continue the process on the iPad, referencing the contact sheets again plus my keyword list, to make corrections. I email corrections back to him so he can finalize archiving before uploading to the website. All this means that the never-ending metadata workload can be done in bits and pieces, anywhere: on the subway, in the park, in the window seat I like to sit in . . . .    

open window with golden light outside  

Dictating, especially emails. The free app Dragon Dictation lets you dictate correspondence and other work, which is a great timesaver.  I have not yet found easy, good, and free software to do this on the computer. 

Keeping organized and focused. Surviving photography these days is a challenge; lots of re-invention going on if you want to stay in this business. Just sitting down to the computer and seeing all those folders of what you’re supposed to be working on can make you crazy. I use the iPad and the organizational software Evernote constantly to stay on top of what I need to be doing NOW.

Kindergarten students use iPad to read story

Photograph it. And if you photograph children, as I do, there are a few more uses. Like keeping kids occupied between setups on a photoshoot. Or photographing them using the iPad to get stock photos of kids using technology.

 There are more I didn’t mention and plenty more I don’t know about, either! Apps I’ve heard other photographers mention but have not used myself, include apps for dealing with model releases onsite, photographing receipts and tracking expenses, and apps for determining light angles and direction for photographers who work outdoors. I’d love to hear what uses photographers have discovered!