Your mobile portfolio…March 3, 2009
Okay, I have to admit that the last few trip-posts had me struggling to finish. While I know some folks enjoy hearing about my travels, I view the last few posts as sitting with your parents as they break out the photo albums – really boring! 🙂 I wanted to make this blog informative and not a bunch of loosely fitting images. So, I’m getting back to what I originally intended – providing information. Enough said…
One of my favorite gadgets is my iPhone. For me, it’s a fantastic tool for communications, business and entertainment. I’m addicted to the iPhone Store where I’m constantly browsing and looking for new and exciting applications and I won’t hesitate to purchase if they’re below $10.00 (many are). From Facebook to Scrabble and many, many more, I’m an App Store junkie!
One feature of the iPhone that’s helping my business is the ability to show my portfolio. Let’s face it. As soon as someone hears you’re a photographer they want to see your photos. Many times they’ll ask, but if you have to ask, they’re not going to say no. Out pops my iPhone, I open my images and they’re flipping through the many photos I have stored. Often, the act of flipping through them is entertaining in and of itself! Plus, the iPhone’s screen is great for showing photos. It’s beautiful.
If you’re using Aperture or iPhoto, it gets even easier to import your favorites automatically. With your iPhone connected, select it in iTunes and click the Photos tab. The first check box allows you to sync photos directly from your Aperture or iPhoto libraries. In the example below, I only sync with my three star or greater libraries, but you can select Smart Albums and/or individual albums. It’s up to you.
Once I set my iPhone to sync with a Smart Album, everything is automatic. Whenever I rank a photo three stars or greater during my workflow in Aperture, I know it’s appearing on the iPhone. At the next sync, the images are copied to the iPhone and you’re ready to impress!
I’m only familiar with the iPhone, but I know many other phones/PDAs can do the same thing. Check it out. It’s a fast and convenient way to show your photos!
I have an interesting post coming on a recent pinup workshop. Besides having two great models to shoot, the instructor, Paul Pruit, led an interesting workshop on lighting. Stay tuned. This was a good one!