Project 4

Trans­form your phone into a pow­er­ful pho­to­graphic tool­box

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Your phone is in your pocket ev­ery­where you go, in­clud­ing shoots, and it’s a pow­er­ful pho­to­graphic tool that you should be mak­ing the most of. We don’t just mean us­ing it to take a selfie on lo­ca­tion, to film some be­hind-thescenes footage, or to just Google how to find that cheeky lit­tle menu set­ting.

Your phone – or in­deed, any smart de­vice in­clud­ing a tablet – can host a suite of soft­ware to make plan­ning, get­ting and cat­a­logu­ing your shots eas­ier. By load­ing it with ded­i­cated pho­to­graphic apps, it can be­come a tool­box that’s as valu­able as a speed­light, ND fil­ter or any­thing else in your cam­era bag.

These apps can be as sim­ple as swap­ping your phys­i­cal ND fil­ter ta­bles, re­plac­ing them with cal­cu­la­tors that tell you how long to keep your shut­ter open for a sin­gle or com­bi­na­tion of stop­pers. Or they can even be as com­plex and in­ter­est­ing as aug­mented re­al­ity vi­su­al­iz­ers that can su­per­im­pose the move­ment of the sun and moon in real time on the land­scape right in front of you.

Whether you’re a stu­dio-based in­door shooter or a lo­ca­tion pho­tog­ra­pher who spends the day in the field, there’s an app that’s guar­an­teed to make your shoot­ing quicker, eas­ier or more pro­duc­tive.

From light me­ters to lo­ca­tion scout­ing, to light­ing di­a­grams, depth of field cal­cu­la­tors, make sure that your phone is locked and loaded with these apps. If you’re a pho­tog­ra­pher, you should be us­ing your phone for more than just for a quick In­sta­gram post!

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