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i phone as a notebook for photojournalists
Shaun Ward, Photographer
Perth | Tayside | Scotland | Posted: 5:19 PM on 05.05.09
->> Hi
I have been searching for a good app that would allow me to use the i phone for taking notes at photo shoots. I am basically trying to make the info taking more efficient when taking names etc as I have a habit of struggling to read my own hand writing when I am going to send images.

What I have found so far is an app called note and sketch which would allow me to type in the info save it and send it straight to my email. This looks pretty good for me as I mostly send images to papers by email. The only thing thats missing is a database which would allow my to drop in names places etc when typing a note in a similar way to when you send a text.
Does anyone know of any other apps that would achieve all of this or is more efficient than what I have already found.

Thanks
Shaun
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Patrick Meredith, Photographer, Assistant
Austin | TX | USA | Posted: 5:28 PM on 05.05.09
->> If you don't mind me asking, why not just use a reporters notebook and a pencil?
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Shaun Ward, Photographer
Perth | Tayside | Scotland | Posted: 5:32 PM on 05.05.09
->> To cut out the situation of not being able to read what I have written down in a hurry and this allows me to send what I have written straight onto my email speeding up the whole process because i don't have to type into my email what I have already written in my pad.
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Steven Mullensky, Photographer, Photo Editor
Port Townsend | WA. | USA | Posted: 5:44 PM on 05.05.09
->> If you put voice to text in the app search window you will pull up a slew of possibilities.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 2:31 AM on 05.06.09
->> Once in a while I'll take notes or IDs using the iPhone's email app so I can send them to myself ... that way when I am editing on my laptop I can just cut & paste the info (names, IDs, quotes) into the caption.

But generally I use a notebook and pen ... or the audio capture feature on my cameras.
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Romeo Guzman, Photographer
Orlando | FL | United States | Posted: 8:17 AM on 05.06.09
->> There is iTalk that I have used to record more info than what my camera could record, and now they have iTalksync to move it to a computer http://www.italksync.com/download/, I have not tried this, but the iTalk works good but you need to use an ear piece to hear in a noisy room.
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Mike Morones, Photographer
Fredericksburg | VA | USA | Posted: 8:27 AM on 05.06.09
->> I use the Notes app in the event that i left my notebook or pen in the car which is more often than i'd like to admit! it is handy but i prefer to use the notebook, though i am in the same boat when it comes to rushed/illegible handwriting!
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Shaun Ward, Photographer
Perth | Tayside | Scotland | Posted: 9:14 AM on 05.06.09
->> Thanks all
I must say I haven't dismissed the notebook and pen but just feel the iPhone method may be something which might add an additional possibility.
I have two days horseracing to cover next week which means action shots plus presentations. I will be using pen and paper to take notes then take 5 mins out every so often to write captions and send to email ready to attach pictures when I get back. There is no tight deadline for these as the images are not needed until the following morning.
It's just something I am looking to explore which may or may not work.

Thanks
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Michael Durisseau, Photographer, Assistant
Santa Fe | TX | USA | Posted: 10:10 AM on 05.06.09
->> I personally use a number of things, depending on the situation...primarily, the audio capture on the camera, but I do use the iTalk app on my iTouch, and I do have a note application that I can e-mail things to myself, as Mr. Hanashiro pointed out...
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 10:18 AM on 05.06.09
->> I've used the my ipod touch when I've forgotten my pen or notebook but I find it so damn slow to type on those touchpads it makes me remember to not forget the notebook the next time..
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Joshua Brown, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 10:40 AM on 05.06.09
->> Evernote would probably be a perfect (free) app for this. It allows you to take down a text note, voice recording, or photo that is tagged with your GPS position. I think I would have used this a lot in my newspaper days.

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=281796108...

You can also download a free desktop client that it syncs back to. or access it online.

http://www.evernote.com
http://www.evernote.com/about/what_is_en/
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Jack Megaw, Student/Intern, Photographer
Pittsburgh | PA | America | Posted: 11:42 AM on 05.06.09
->> I use an application called Recorder. I don't use it all the time for cutlines and getting names, I use my good old reporter's notebook for that. But I will use it if I am planning on getting a quote.

I also use it if I am doing interviews for the occasional article.

-Jack
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Erik Warren, Photographer
Burlington | NC | USA | Posted: 12:43 PM on 05.06.09
->> if you have jailborken your phone:

I have used video to get quotes and spellings, it also helps me keep track witch person said what. I am also a sloppy writer so I stay better organized. It also allows me to jump directly to the quote of the person in the photo I am working on without trying to flip pages.
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Erik Warren, Photographer
Burlington | NC | USA | Posted: 12:47 PM on 05.06.09
->> forgot to say you can save the videos to your computer also if you wish with SSH.
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Sam Morris, Photographer
Henderson (Las Vegas) | NV | USA | Posted: 2:26 PM on 05.06.09
->> I use my Blackberry as my notebook. I just email myself names/info. I don't have to search for a long lost notebook and I always have access to it either with the device or on my computer.
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Andrew Villa, Student/Intern, Assistant
San Jose | CA | United States | Posted: 2:35 PM on 05.06.09
->> in 3.0 you can use voice recording and horizontal note taking that does sync in the cloud. It's pretty awesome.
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Ingelbert Lievaart II, Photographer
Hamilton | ON | Canada | Posted: 1:53 AM on 08.16.09
->> I often write a note and then photograph the itouch's screen so when I edit my photos my notes are right there. Of course If I happen to have my noteboook I write notes and photograph the pages. These notes are very handy when you need an image from the past. I also take a photo of signed model releases so you can store them in the same file as your event.
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Kevin Seifert, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 2:57 AM on 08.16.09
->> Use a reporters notebook and pen. If the subjects' name is on the assignment sheet, ask them to check the spelling. Allow the subject to check the spelling if you write it down in your notebook. If they can read it, then you can, too.

Then, take a picture of the notepad with your camera, not your iPhone, after the subject is gone. That way you have the notes in your take. (Similar to IL II's comments)

You can be anal and take a picture with your iPhone of the notes, too. But as others mentioned, it is slow to type into your iPhone, Palm Treo, CrackBerry, LG whatever while interviewing. It is also disruptive.
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