What is workflow and why is it important?
Workflow is a process in which photographers use to take, edit, store, share, and backup their pictures. Workflow is very important because it keeps you organized and your pictures safe. When you start out as a photographer you will quickly compile a large library of pictures. As your clients grow, so does the importance of saving the pictures. It is not like you can go back to the negatives if your hard drive dies. The workflow is the process that streamlines the events from taking a picture to backing IT up. Utilizing a workflow has long time been only a photographers worry. Today with millions of smartphones everyone in the world is taking pictures, editing them, sharing them, and storing them. It only makes sense that individuals should look at implementing a workflow. So how do you start?
Step One - Determine your applications
You need select which applications are going to do what and in what order. Remember the point is to streamline your process. For example you could use the iPhone’s native camera application to take the picture, but if you plan on using Camera Pro + for editing why not use it for taking the pictures as well. Subsequently you decide you want to share your images on Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, Foursquare, Instagram, and Twitter. So why would use the Flickr application to share when it is not capable to share to Instagram. These are questions you need to ask yourself before starting. Trust me your workflow will not be perfect, but over time it will get fine tuned. To help you out, here are my applications.
Backup: Flickr -> Google Drive (IFTTT)
Step Two: - Taking the Picture
Once you have selected the application you wish to use for taking pictures you need to get familiar with all of its options. In my case Snapseed is both my camera and my editor. Yours maybe different. I chose snapseed because the camera is simple. The only feature I wish it had, which is why sometimes I will use Camera + is a timer. This is particularly useful for self pictures. My suggestion is trying different applications to find one that provides the functions you want in a camera as well as an editor. Use the 80/20.
Step Three: - Editing the picture
Snapseed is one of many editors out there but I have found it has been able to perform all of the functions I need for photography on the phone. I can utilize several of the presets that come with the software or make minute manual adjustments myself to make sure the picture comes out exactly as I envisioned it. For more information on on the exact features that Snapseed provides follow this link, http://www.snapseed.com/. Once you are done editing your next step is share your photo. Below are some screen shots of the Snapsneed interface.
Step Four: - Sharing
There are many many many many sites that allow you share or upload your photo’s. I personally use Flickr as my main library and also post my photo’s to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. The most difficult social outlet to post pictures too is Instagram. Instagram does not have an API that allows others Apps to upload pictures to it. Lucky for me, Instagram allows you to share your picture to Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. So I can utilize one application to upload and share my picture to all of social outlets. Instagram also has additional editing if you feel like taking advantage of it. Instagram is another reason I use Snapseed. Snapseed allows you take an edited picture and open it in Instagram. This saves time and steps. With a simple touch of the finger Snapseed has a feature called "Open In...'. Using this options opens a menu of applications, including Instagram. Selecting Instagram from the menu magically transfers the picture to Instagram and the application pops up and ready to post. Once the photo is Instagram select the networks you want to share the picture too and your done.
Step Five - Backup
The last and most important step is backing up your photo’s. Many people will say uploading your photo’s to Flickr are backing them up but I also prefer a more readily available backup process. To do this I use Google Drive. Google Drive allows me direct OS access to all of pictures from any computer in the world. Google Drive is a much more versatile file system than Flickr. The one problem is that neither Instagram nor Flickr will upload to Google Drive. To workaround this limitation I use a service call IF This Then That or IFTTT (www.ifttt.com). This allows you to create an automated workflow (recipe) that connects unlike systems. For example I created a workflow (recipe) that takes a newly upload Flickr image and transfers the picture to my Google Drive. Now I have it in both places and I don’t even have to do anything to make it happen. One thing to note, recipes usually take 15 minutes to kick in after they are triggered. So don’t jump over to your online storage looking for a photo you just took, be patient it will show up soon.
Every person is different and so are their preferences and applications they use to edit and post pictures. This blog should be used to understand how you can tie your various application into a coehisive workflow to make taking pictures, editing, sharing, and backing up as simple as possible. The last peice of advice is that once you have determined your workflow, put all of the application in a single folder on your home sscreen. This will allow you to access them quickly instead of hunting around your several screens. If you have questions feel free to comment.
Created by Kenneth Peters Photography