The ultimate lifehack tool or an unnecessary distraction? Love them or loath them, the Apple Watch is here to stay. But does it have any real use case for a photographer? Well, here are five of them!
The three-second timer that’s built into the native camera app on the Apple Watch has lots of functionality to remotely operate your iPhone’s camera, but it really needs to be paired with a stand like a Gorillapod to utilize it. Using the live preview on the watch means you can nail your composition in one go rather than setting up a ten-second timer and running around to pose for the shot. This is ideal for you Instagram lifestyle types when you’re not hanging with a pal but want to capture the moment…with you in it!
The native camera app for Apple Watch will let you focus and exposure with a tap, and a firm press will give you options to flip to the FaceTime camera, add flash, and toggle HDR or Live Photos.
BTS Studio Shots
Using the same app, I like to set my phone up when shooting on location or in a studio for some candid behind-the-scenes pics when I don’t have a second shooter around. I use the three-second timer on the Apple watch when the scene is looking lively which is great content for my socials. I could set a timelapse up to capture the entire shoot, but sometimes I just want a handful of shots at certain moments throughout the day, and this setup is perfect for this.
But what about a video? Well, you would just set it up on your phone using the native camera app and let it run and trim off the beginning and end. But if you wanted multiple, shorter videos, and wanted to trigger all this hands-free then apps such as Camera Plus have you covered since this isn’t functionality built into the native camera app.
A genuine, real use case is to set up a list of shots I need to capture, whether this is a shot list for video or a group shot list at a wedding. My hands are often full when shooting, especially when controlling a heavy rig, so by setting up a list in either the Reminders, Evernote, or OmniFocus Apps, I have my list there at a glance.
Mark Good Takes Using Siri
Siri’s getting smarter with every release, and recording short notes is a piece of cake. The way I like to utilize this is when shooting video, specifically multiple takes of the same sequence. I can make a hands-free note that “Take seven is the good one for the third sequence.” This saves so much time in post production when referring back to these notes you made on location.
There are obviously other smartwatches available, but these are real use cases based on my experience and the Apple Watch has been my only foray into the smartwatch market. Please share your own photography smartwatch hacks, Apple, Android or otherwise, below.