Smartphone 'workflow'











I got some new software for both my Blackberry and Nokia phones which means that I can get the images onto my computer quicker and easier. I took a few test shots in the garden to check that out. I'm also uploading images to a new microstock editorial library which looks interesting. From taking the pictures to them sitting on the website, captioned, keyworded and ready for sale took about 1/2 hour. A lot faster than with my other cameras and me processing raw files very carefully.

Because these smartphone files are much more 'finished' out of the camera. In many cases there is nothing to edit. And that very much seems to be typical of the two cameras I'm using. I guess it's part of the design ethic. Since these images are in many cases going to be uploaded to Social Media with minimal or no editing, it seems to be the case that they require less of that anyway. I've already mentioned how my Blackberry has almost perfect colour rendition and the Nokia is pretty similar. Levels are pretty close to spot on as well.

This is in contrast to all my mirrorless / CSC cameras, which all have 'off' colour in some way and all need levels adjustment, not just the raw files. I can't say why this is, but it seems to be the case. Add this to the website I'm uploading to being very fast at getting the images on sale and my whole workflow is incredibly fast for these smartphone images, which suits me. This is even allowing for the fact that the site is phone / tablet upload only, which means I have to email the files to my iPad. If I had an Android camera or iPhone, I could in fact have uploaded the images straight to the site. However, I did prefer that I could do some basic editing. 

All of these operational advantages are proving irresistible to me. I really appeciate the time saving and the fact that I don't have unedited raw files sitting around for months. Because, say what you will about the image quality differences, if a picture is sitting on my computer waiting for me to put the time in to get it looking it's best, it's of less use to me that a file that looks good out of the camera and is available for sale in a very short space of time. One in the bush is worth two in the hand.


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