Fujifilm X100T to iPhone Workflow

I have been getting great responses to last week’s video on my workflow. However, some folks are not so sure that I am serious about using an iPad on multi-day shoots instead of a laptop. Well, I am. So much so that we were at NABShow last month I was writing this post on iA Writer on the very same iPad that was the topic of last week’s workflow. We were there for 6 days and I didn't so much as touched any computing device other than my iPhone and iPad.

Sure there are still some challenges, but they are few and far between these days and even in a real pinch I can rely on LogMeIn to tunnel into my MacPro back at the Geek House. This week that included moving some files from my drobo to dropbox so I could get access to them.

This week, I’m trying a new workflow that is surprising even me. I spend a great deal of my time figuring out how to use consumer, small footprint cameras and gear to deliver big screen, big bang photo and video projects for clients. The new workflow I’m working on now is a doozie. For now though, I’m just going to tease you about it. You’re going to have to wait for a future post to learn the specifics.

In this video we are looking at a workflow that is even simpler than last week’s. In this week’s scenario our goal will be to get candid shots of people (fans and artists) consuming our client’s product at an outdoor event just like last week.

We’re using a Fujifilm X100T and a 128GB Apple iPhone6. No popping out SD Cards, no dongles and certainly no laptops. As with last week, we’ll incorporate VSCO Cam, InstaSquare, and Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. The other addition to the workflow will be the Fujifilm Cam Remote app for iOS.

In last week’s workflow, I mentioned that I back up my SD cards to two Western Digital My Passport 2 TB Wireless Hard Drives. One change I’m playing with this week is to incorporate Apple’s iCloud Photo Library instead of the WD hard drives.

iCloud Photo Library works seamlessly with the new Photos app to keep photos and videos stored in iCloud and up to date on connected iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, Macs, and iCloud.com.

You must have iOS 8.3 and Yosemite 10.10.3 installed on all your relevant devices in order for the syncing to work. iCloud Photo Library also allows you to access your entire photo library from the Photos app on iCloud.com.

Besides having the latest versions on iOS and OSX installed, you need an Apple ID and enough storage in iCloud to save your photos and videos. This last detail is critical for a photographer’s workflow. I needed to upgrade my iCloud storage to 1TB to feel like I had enough headroom to incorporate iCloud Photo Library into my workflow. At $20 a month, it’s not cheap but not unreasonable considering the amount of time it saves me, the benefit of having access to all my photos and videos on all my devices and workstations, and the sense of security in knowing that the data management is now handled by Apple.

If you’re smart, and I know you are, you are wondering how I can store 1TB of photos and videos on a 128GB iPhone. It’s magic. Hope that was helpful.

You’re wanting a bit more detail. OK. iCloud Photo Library automatically keeps all your photos and videos in the original, high-resolution version in the cloud.

If you turn on Optimize [device] Storage, iCloud Photo Library will automatically manage the size of your library on your device, making the most of your device’s storage. All of your original, full-resolution photos and videos are stored in the cloud while smaller, low resolution versions are kept on your device. You can download the original photos and videos over Wi-Fi or cellular when you need them. This all happens in the background automatically. The size of photos stored on the device expands and contracts depending on which photos and videos you use and how much additional space you have on your device. So, like I said, it’s magic.

I can write an entire article inside an article explaining how iCloud Photo Library works, but I’m not going to here. Perhaps another time.

Obviously this solution will only work in situations where I have a strong, fast, stable WIFI connection. At NABShow, this situation existed and this solution worked like a charm. With all this said, you should note that in this video, I had not considered using iCloud Photo Library as part of my workflow so no mention is made of it.

How about next week we get off work flows and do something entirely different? Great. Happy workflowing.

giovanni gallucci

Dallas, Texas, USA