|Name: Cramer Gallimore
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Blog: Cramer Gallimor’e Photo Blog
Facebook: Cramer Gallimore Photography Studio
Cramer Gallimore is a professional photographer based near Raleigh North Carolina where he owns and operates the Cramer Gallimore Photography Studio. Cramer has more than twenty years experience as a professional photographer, with an emphasis on location work—events, industrial and technical environments—for clients worldwide.
7 Ways a professional photographer uses Evernote
Evernote is a great tool to keep all the aspects of my photography business running smoothly. I put it to use for my day-to-day business operations, and to keep me organized when I’m out and about on-location for shoots. Having Evernote synced across my desktop, laptop, iPad, and iPhone keeps everything I need in order.
1. Location Scouting
Photographers will often visit the site of an important shoot prior to the actual date of the assignment. Evernote provides a great place to store notes about each location, such as sun angle, power availability, obstructions to the photo, legal permits necessary, etc. You can even put the information in a notebook and share it with a client. If you use an iPhone or other phone that geotags photos, then the latitude/longitude of each note will be recorded in Evernote. There is even a “View on Map” feature which works perfectly with Google Maps.
2. Keep a shoot list for different types of assignments
I create a shot list in Evernote of all the different shots required for a given photo shoot. A great example of this is a wedding day shot list, which includes the groom and father, bride and mother, best man and groom, etc. It’s helpful to have this list available on my iPhone throughout the day so that I can be sure to get all the different important photos.
3. Research your replacement camera equipment
The reality of my industry is that you have to perform major equipment upgrades every two years or so. Evernote’s Web Clippers are great when researching these purchases. For me, this is an ongoing process as I am always trying to stay current on new gear.
4. Lighting Setups
One of the most important elements in a successful photo shoot is the lighting setup. When I get the lighting right, I take a snapshot in Evernote on my iPhone, or scan a sketch of the configuration.
5. All the info for a location shoot
Evernote is a great place to keep all the information I need when heading to a location. Directions, Google maps, notes about the location, are in Evernote ahead of time so I can call them up on my iPhone when I’m on the shoot. I also forward emails from clients into my Evernote account so that they are available to me.
6. Equipment database
I keep all the serial numbers of my cameras and equipment in Evernote. I also keep all of my digital manuals (PDFs) in Evernote so that I have them at my fingertips if I need to looks up an obscure bit of info.
7.Checklist for your photo equipment
Each photo shoot is different and requires a unique mix of gear. I snap a picture of my gear bag and equipment cases along with their contents. Then, I tag or title it with specifics about the type of shoot (industrial, wedding, aerial) and include a written list of all the gear. This way, the next time I have that type of shoot I can be sure to pack all the necessary equipment.
You can view a shared notebook of some of my photograpy notes here.
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