Best apps for photographers 2017
You’ve got a massive list of priorities and responsibilities as a professional photographer, so anything that can help to ease the burden and make your life a bit easier is more than welcome. The good news is that there are plenty of apps for photographers out there that you can use to maximise your services and improve your productivity – giving you more time to concentrate on your most pressing tasks.
So, let’s have a look at a few time-saving apps you can use to boost your efficiency and generate some more business:
This app is really useful for kick-starting your marketing strategy. It can be difficult to self-promote when you concentrating on doing what you’re actually paid to do, but taking time out to market yourself and services is crucial. StickyAlbums is almost like a digital business card that alerts your high-quality work to new clients.
Your existing clients can create galleries of their favourite images, which is then branded with your business information. Whenever your images are shared through social media, email and text SMS by clients, your info will be available for easy referrals. It’s a great way to allow your clients to view photos and save them to their devices – just ask them to download the app in a consultation meeting.
LightTrac is a fantastic tool for professionals, as it helps you to find the perfect light conditions, time and location for your photos, wherever you are in the world. It’s super useful for outdoor photography, so especially effective for photographing school events outside.
It works by calculating and plotting the angles of the Sun and Moon – looking at Sunrise, Sunset and Twilight and Moonrise, Moonset and Moon Phase. And it can do this in any location; all you need to do is pop in your location details.
When you’re scouting for locations for your shoots, Scene Scout is ideal for cataloguing and recording photo spots with corresponding details. You can then share your locations on social channels with other collaborators and access ideas from the professional community. It’s a useful tool for staying organised, planning your work and generating new ideas.
What’s one of the worst things that could happen as a professional photographer? I’m sure you’re compiling a big list in your head and one of them is probably getting your kit stolen. Lenstag addresses this nightmare scenario by enabling you to register your lenses, cameras, and other equipment through the app.
You can record your serial numbers and input them into the app. So, if your equipment does get stolen and another photographer has bought your kit, when they input information – you’ll receive a notification about your kit. This helps to stop purchases from buying stolen kit and more importantly, helps to reunite photographers with their equipment.
If you haven’t heard of Instagram before, where have you been? It’s one of the world’s most popular apps for photographers to post photos, build a community and generate potential new clients. It has a massive active user base and it’s a great way to show off your skills. You can engage with users, share details and get feedback about your work.
You don’t have to share client-sensitive photos or any images from your projects, but you can experiment and demonstrate your talent with other types of photos. It’s a really effective brand-building tool and you can gain vital exposure and network with new leads.