Before I decided to resist the temptation to
buy invest in an iPad and when I was putting together ideas for upcoming photo shoots, one thing I always did was keep scrapbooks of images torn out of magazines and newspapers. The pages would be full of random images that had grabbed my attention and had been stuck in place with glue and from time to time I’d look through them for inspiration.
Now this worked well for a time but did have it’s draw backs. You see before a shoot I always like to meet up with a client at least a couple of times for a coffee and talk to through the photo shoot to get more of an understanding for what it is exactly that they’re looking for; the concept, the feel etc… I’ll task them before we meet up again to start collecting images that grab their attention and that also give off the same feel that they’re after. I’ll ask them tear pictures out of magazines and newspapers (with permission of course) and/or email over images that they’ve seen on the web.
Anyway, now that I have an iPad this whole process has improved no end, with the help of a fantastic little application called Moodboard…
Moodboard is the iPad equivalent of a Scrapbook so now rather than discretely tearing out pages from magazines in waiting rooms I’ll simply take a photo with my iPhone, send it over to my iPad and start building up collections. Of course with the iPad having a built in camera taking photos of pictures in magazines and newspaper and adding them into Moodboard will be even easier.
Images that clients see on the web and that they email over I’ll add into the iPad too and then with images that I have also found, will start building up an overall feel of what it is we’ll be looking to achieve.
Moodboard is really easy to use and what I really like is the ability to make different boards/collections for different shoots, edit pictures, customise the background and so on… Oh and another cool feature is that you can email these boards over to your client to get instant feedback that what you’re thinking of is on the right track rather than having to wait until the next time you meet up.
Below you can see an example on the left of a board I made up for the recent promo shoot with band, Spriggan Mist with the image on the right being one from the shoot itself. The images in this ‘moodboard’ were made up of ones that the band members themselves had seen and emailed over to me and ones that I too had found.
This simple process takes alot of the guess work out of a shoot and can save heaps of time figuring out what you’re going to do. Of course if I didn’t have an iPad I’d still be using the traditional scrapbook method but it’s just that with this little ‘app’ it’s become alot more streamlined and user friendly.
So what do you do to help figure out what you’re going to work towards on a specific photo shoot? Do you use scrapbooks? Maybe you’ve found another gem of an ‘app’ that really works for you?
Feel free to make use of the comments section below to share any methods you use and maybe even recommend some applications for use on the iPad; just don’t recommend too many as I’m a bit of an ‘App Addict’
Moodboard is available in the App Store [Link] and is currently priced at £5.99, however there is a FREE, Lite version but obviously that comes with a few less features.
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