4 essential apps for photography workflow

In Standardby Patrick

It has been 5 months since I got my Macbook Pro and I have nothing but praise for this machine. Fast, reliable and capable of handling all my digital darkroom needs, it has performed flawlessly. Aside from the obvious differences from my windows desktop, there are a few apps that I have found useful for my workflow and wanted to pass these along. Aside from the obvious of Lightroom and Photoshop, these have bee really helpful.

Photomechanic is a Fast Media Browser That Helps You View, Organize, Manage, And Export Digital Photos. You are probably saying, what is so special about that, Lightroom does the same thing and that is true, but it is the speed at which this DAM system does it that is why it is in my workflow. I sort through all my images, choose the keepers, add the unique file names, and then export to a temp folder for import into Lightroom. It renders the previews so much faster than Lightroom and that is why it is part of the workflow.

The next one is something you may not have thought of for photography. I take notes all the time. Places I want to shoot at, during and after shoots, what went well and what I can do better next session. For this I use Evernote.

The usefulness here is that I have access on my phone, tablet, laptop and desktop to all the notes via the cloud. It syncs automatically so I never have to worry about updating. Do it on one device and you are all set.

Another app that is really invaluable for me is Lightroom Mobile. This is what I can physically hand a client to view my portfolio on a iPad or Android tablet with images when they are trying to decide whether to hire me or not.

I can automatically update this from Lightroom on desktop so when I go to a potential client shoot, it is updated with my latest images. This is a powerful tool for helping you present your latest and greatest projects.

The final app that I would like to share is for video. Although I am mostly a still photographer, more clients are asking for video. The majority of the work in done in Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe after effects, but if I just need to look at a quick piece of video, I rely on VLC media player. VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

These are ones that have helped speed up my workflow and actually aid me in obtaining clients. I would be curious to hear your experiences with apps that have helped your photography workflow.

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