Photographers: Do you Scrapbook?

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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April 5, 2011 - 6:03 am

Glyn - @David…Do it…you know you want to :)

April 4, 2011 - 1:25 pm

David Kelly - Looks like a really useful app.
(Oh no, answer reason for getting an iPad – will this list ever end ;-))

April 2, 2011 - 6:59 pm

Glyn - @Matthew…Cheers for the recommendation mate; I’ll take a look at that too :)

April 2, 2011 - 2:08 am

Matthew Roach - That’s a neat little app.

I use LittleSnapper on my Mac, it’s essentially a screen shot capturing app on steroids. You can also drag & drop any other images onto it saving them into its library. There are a few little niggles I have with the functionality but overall it’s a good bit of kit.

April 1, 2011 - 10:32 pm

Glyn - @Mark…That’s great to hear mate, thanks for letting me know :)

April 1, 2011 - 10:22 am

Mark Beaumont - Just wanted to say thanks for posting this. I’m absolutely loving it. It’s been a massive help on two shoots so far, a great way of showing the client my ideas.
Thanks Glyn

March 25, 2011 - 7:48 am

Glyn - @Dermot…Thanks for commenting mate. Regarding the lights, all were in Manual and fired using Pocket Wizards; Speedlights with the new Flext TT5′s, Quadra with a PW Transceiver II and the Mini TT1 on camera.

Looking at it now, I could well have done what you say about having the Quadra in Slave Mode but to be honest didn’t even think of that at the time; will do next though :)


March 24, 2011 - 12:10 pm

Dermot - Hi Glyn, Thanks for posting the BTS!

I’m wondering how you went about mixing the quadra with the speedlights?

Where you firing all flashes on manual? Did you trigger the quadra in slave mode or have you the quadra set to wait for the TTL signals before flashing (I believe you can do this)?



March 24, 2011 - 8:35 am

Glyn - @Paul…Hey now that’s wimping out; take it like a man…or better still get one and say you won it in a competition :)

March 24, 2011 - 8:32 am

Glyn - @DaveT…The Force is strong and resistence is futile :)

March 24, 2011 - 8:32 am

Glyn - @Tim…Yeah totally agree mate and saves luggingg round the scrap books huh :)

Hope all is well with you,

March 24, 2011 - 8:31 am

Glyn - @Keith…Absolutely we do however I do feel I was bullied into it :)

March 24, 2011 - 8:30 am

Glyn - @Scot…It’s Apps like this that have totally sold me onn why I got an iPad; so darned useful. Go on…you know you want to :)

March 24, 2011 - 1:15 am

Paul Pratt - This tool is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I’ve been dumping them into Evernote up until now. Now, all I need is an iPad!

If I get in trouble from the wife Dewis I’ll send her your way!



March 23, 2011 - 4:32 pm

DaveT - Oh Heck! Just another useful little device to tempt me into getting that Ipad I have been resisting ;-)


March 23, 2011 - 12:48 pm

Tim Skipper - I’m glad I’m not the only one who does this. I use my phone, but the same idea. It is such a huge help to create a visual reference you and the client can talk about.

March 23, 2011 - 10:31 am

Keith Hammond - Looks a great app but Mrs H does not want it on her iPad

@ Scott : resistance is futile and you know it, Glyn caved in very quickly, lets face it we all love a good gadget don’t we :-)

March 23, 2011 - 10:14 am

Scot Baston - I am trying to resist getting an iPad and this article is not making it any easy :P

Really like this write up and can see how it would help my workflow.. so far I have been using dropbox folders but this is much more elegant


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