I might be a little slow to the table on this one, but for the last week I have been reaching photography portfolios for my tablet. See printing a portfolio is nice, but let’s face it; it can be costly and time consuming if you want to make changes. You have to upload your pictures to Shutterfly, maybe do some rearranging, and then wait for it to arrive in your mailbox What if you have to meet a client at the last minute; that’s not going to work out too well.
So, the first step like every good photographer was to ask around. Well, that didn’t quite work out, because the answer that I was getting was to use your web-site; but I wanted something tangible that I could present to the client and heck I could just have him or her sit at home and surf the web. The second step was Google. Let’s face it is tried to and true; but unfortunately the only thing I was getting was back 10+ years ago. Some of Google’s recommendations were:
I should mention was that one of my criteria was that I didn’t want a portfolio that relied on the Internet; because let’s face it. How many times did you go to show someone something only discover that your mobile device could not connect or have a stable connection and the only thing you were showing your friend was what your device looked like when it was buffering. That might not go over too great when you are trying to woo a client.
I decided to take a chance, not that I was spending big bucks here; but a whole $9.99 on your locale Apple Store for the Foliobook Photo Portfolio, by Rocket Garden Labs and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Is it perfect? No, but it does the job for 95% of my requirements. I read all the reviews and was highly disappointed when I found out that you could not just upload the pictures on your Dropbox and call it a day. Here are a couple of tips that may help. The work around is that you can import them from Dropbox, so it was too bad. Be patient when using this app; I know I got a little frustrated when trying to add pictures. Remember to double click the screen to go into edit mode. If you make the menu buttons white, make sure your background isn’t white or you’ll never see them. If you want to user the vertical menu, customize your picture, so that half of the screen is taken up by your photo and the other half is a blank color, so you can view the menu items.
I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.