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My photography production workflow -best practices

You know that feeling when for the 7th. time someone involved in the production of Your photo shoot, asks You, with a somewhat meek and apologetic voice, to resend the location images, or re-send the quote You already sent twice…

“Sorry, but I can’t find it” or the even better “Sorry, but I never got it”

Arghhh!  This really drives me crazy but what can You do about it? How can You get all the “others” to see the light and start to work and collaborate in a effective manner?

After having tried all kinds of really great collaborative platforms and spending endless hours evangelizing about the pro’s of this or the great features of that I have realized one thing…

Ease of use with an extremely low threshold always beats bells and whistles! No matter how great a platform might be if “the others” cannot use it, or even don’t try to use it, it’s no use. (This is a variation on “the best camera is the one You have with You”)

So after some time I have cut back and whittled down on the tools I use to collaborate on a production and right now this is my set-up:

I use Google Drive to keep all relevant documentation in the cloud and easily sharable and accessible by the people I grant editing or viewing priviliges…

Parallel to that I use Workflowy to keep on top of every aspect of the project, such as options, actions to take, castings and virtually every other angle of the production. With Workflowy I can easily share the whole project or parts of it with anyone, and best of all – there is nothing to install!   I just send a link. (Whenever You ask someone to install “this really great tool”  I can guarantee You they will not, it’s really that simple…

On top of all this and for a more visual approach I use Pinterest to create mood boards, create castings, location scouting and anything else that might need an image… You know -an image says more than a thousand words. Pinterest is currently by invitation only but a lot of my collaborators a re already on it so the initial friction is still very, very low…

To summarize: If people have to download or install something -forget it! They will not… Use cloudbased solutions, and… They are all free !

Google Drive has launched…

I’m personally a big fan of DropBox and I use it every day to deliver images and work to my clients over the cloud. Since I need to upload, deliver & share very large files Microsofts Sky Drive is not suitable for me (with it’s limit to 100mb uploads), despite it’s whopping 25 GB of free space.

Very curious to see how Google Drive wil stack up against DropBox…

Use this link to get Your own free 2 GB of storage in the cloud from DroBox

I have a hunch that I will continue to use DropBox for images and Google Drive for all the rest because of it’s seamless integration into everything else Google (Google Drive is essentially a revamped Google Docs on steroids) , we’ll see…

Be sure to check out this article from the Verge covering almost all cloud based sharing platforms

 

Updated:

Sorry Google drive but I don’t really feel You when it comes to photos… Too  cumbersome to add and manage files and tiff files don’t even show up…

Jpg’s works fine but I do not really work with them for anything else but screen resolution stuff… I will stick to DropBox for images and Google Drive for everything else !