1) Smartphones are our friends
“I couldn’t live without my smartphone now - it’s the best all round camera that fits in my pocket” says Valentin Valkov.
It is easy to dismiss smartphone cameras as amateur-fare, but they’re getting better, and it is possible to get some amazing shots with commercial value with a phone. Take a look at some of Picfair’s best iPhone shots.
But it is not just the pocket-friendly camera - it is the range of apps available that can really enhance your workflow.Sam Moore,
who has been a professional photographer for over 15 years, suggests The Photographer’s Ephemeris, which helps you plan outdoor photography in natural light. It lets you visualise how the light will fall on the land, day or night, for any location on earth. Amazing.
Photographer and Creative Director Chris Peterson-Clausen
loves Artemis - a digital viewfinder for smartphones used by Oscar winners and film students the world over, which helps him deciding focal lengths.We also love:
Pocket Light Meter - A light meter that is always in your pocket. Measures reflected light, and allows reciprocity calculations.
Easy Release - An app which allows you to get signatures for model releases directly on your phone.
Sylights - If you are a studio photographer, this is invaluable. It allows you to map out and save studio lighting diagrams so you can always remember your best setups.