Daniel Hedrick works as a digital content manager by day, and spends his nights and weekends growing his photography business. He uses Evernote for everything from location scouting to business management.
I use Evernote, Everywhere:
I use Evernote for managing my photography business
I was looking for a way to take notes at work and be able to access them from my home. I found Evernote and realized it was the perfect solution. Since then, my Evernote use has expanded into everything that I do, including my photography. I’ve become so passionate about Evernote that I preach about it to anybody that will listen. I’ve used my website as a place to teach people through articles and PowerPoint presentations because I believe that it’s an invaluable tool for any photographer — amateur or professional.
Here are just a few of the ways that I use Evernote for photography:
- I save inspiration from the Web. I use the Evernote Web Clipper to capture ideas for photography. I’m always looking for inspiration for lighting setups, scenes, etc.
- I organize my client work. I have notebooks for every client that include my notes, release forms, and other pieces of relevant information for work I’ve done or will be doing.
- I teach myself. I use Evernote as a repository for tutorials related to Photoshop and Illustrator, so I can easily reference them in the studio or on location.
- I organize business documents. I keep important business documents like business plans, logos and price lists in Evernote.
- I location scout. On weekends, I take off and drive around Portland in search of great spots to photograph. When I see something that looks like it would be good for a photoshoot, I make a note of it using my phone and it automatically gets geo-tagged, so I can always find that place by pulling up my Map View.
- I use Evernote for resources. Whenever I’m working on a project that I’m new to (for example: a maternity shoot or senior photos), I do a bunch of research in advance, clipping articles and examples from the Web. That way, when I’m on the shoot, I can just pull out my iPad and reference examples, as well as ask for a client’s input into what they like or don’t like.
- I keep contact information. I often use models in my shoots, so I keep their headshots, contact info, and notes about each one in my Evernote account.
- I have a catch-all notebook. I have a general photography notebook that serves as a catch-all for anything related to photography, but may not fit into a specific project notebook.
Evernote for keeping work and photography organized
I use Evernote for work, my photography business, my website and everything else. In order to keep things organized, I create Notebook Stacks and individual notebooks for various projects. For example, for my job, I’ve created a notebook for requests I receive from colleagues for various updates to our company’s site and digital signage. Before I started using Evernote for these requests, they would get buried in my email inbox. I have an entire Notebook Stack devoted to photography, and a separate notebook for my website which includes frequently referenced information like color schemes and CSS code.
Other Evernote products I love
I’ve really gotten into Evernote Food. Whenever I go out to eat, or fix something at home, I grab a picture of it with Evernote Food. I try a lot of new restaurants around Portland, and often use my Evernote Food notes as a jumping off point for writing reviews on Yelp.