For fellow photogs out there, here are 3 things I’m digging lately:
Dropbox (www.dropbox.com) Being able to upload files by syncing a drive on the computer is awesome, and probably the best way I’ve found so far to deliver images online. You can share folders using a unique email link for each folder, and your recipient can download them, saves heaps of time.
Billings 3 (www.marketcircle.com/billings) I’ve just started using the program Billings for all my accounting, and so far I’ve found it to be AMAZING. You can use a timer for tasks to accurately track your work in progress, enter activity slips for each client, then raise a bill when you want to. The reports module ties everything all together, and if that wasn’t enough, you can sync it with your iPhone for when you are on location. So much easier and more relative for creatives than MYOB. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I got mine from the Apple store for $69AUD!
My custom made lighting case. I used a Stanley “Fat Max” giant toolbox, removed the inside molded compartments, lined it with molded foam and now have a watertight case to house 3 strobe heads, all the cables and attachments. It’s key lockable, and my foam lining ensures nothing moves out of place and can be flipped upside down without disturbing anything. I’ve attached some iPhone pics, check it out.
Last year I got to work on a series of shots for Gold IP, a brand leader in the intellectual property (IP) legal industry. Amongst other specialist work in technology, media, and sports law, they are also the go-to guys in protecting creations by inventors, artists across all mediums, writers and anyone that has made something that needs to be protected as far as copyright. The images were intended for print, display and web campaigns, and I was honored to be involved as they obviously have a number of creatives on their books nationally. During the creative meeting I was impressed by their dedication to have all original works and not go near stock images at all. Another thing that was fantastic was them giving me the time and financial budget in order to produce the final images. I had just read Annie Leibovitz’ latest book “At Work” and was really inspired by her black and white portraits and the tonal depth she is renowned for, and used that inspiration for this project, all the way from the initial drawing of the mood boards to the final processing. Check out the Gold IP website here.