iTagSmiles is happy to announce that two heavily requested features are now available!
Both are really easy to use!
Header Toggle Switch
If you don’t want to show the header title, simply turn it off with the “Show title text” toggle button in the Setup Job Settings Page. This option is great if you design your own backgrounds. If you didn’t already know, you can upload custom backgrounds in the Setup Job Settings page. You can now create your own design with an image or logo showing where the title used to be. This is great for sports leagues and teams that have a custom logo.
Row File Sort Order
Front to Back or Back to Front. It’s your choice now. The second update is the “Show Front Row First” toggle on the Setup Job Settings page. You can now switch the order of your Row text. Your row file text can read from the front row to back or back row to the front based on your studios preference. These updates and future updates are made to make iTagSmiles the best it can be. You can always email us with suggestions at email@example.com
Photo Editing Screen:
Crop & Rotate: Use this option to adjust your imported group image. Using two fingers to pinch and zoom or rotate the image.
Type: Use the “Type” tool to edit the footer. You can adjust font style, size, and weight
Background: You can replace the background image with any Jpeg. You can find your image by importing from the Camera Roll, or Importing from iCloud Drive.
Reset: Caution!! This button resets all of your editing including tagging of subjects. Use this button only if you want to start all over on a group.
Photo: Replace the group image in the template. This is the button you use to swap out the group photo while still maintaining your subject information in the footer.
Note: Take notes on a group for your production team to review later. These notes show in your CSV export for each group you export. Ie. Swap faces on kid in first row in orange shirt…
And remember you can always tap “?” in the bottom right hand corner to remind you what each button does.
Wireless Tether Using Cam Ranger
Cam Ranger WiFi
Cam Ranger is a great wireless solution for transferring images to your iPad using a direct Wi-Fi connection. You can have multiple Cam Rangers in one area without crossing files as they are directly connected to each iPad. A Cam Ranger is $299. While being a pricy solution, its seamless connection is advantageous, and you are sure to have the same crop every time with our crop overlay, we are happy to email you. Plus, it’s just really COOL! Your clients will see you with the newest, most awesome technology. What’s better than that?
What You Will Need
Cam Ranger $299.99
Direct iPad Connection Solution
Lightning to USB Camera Adapter
First things first, find out if your camera has the capability to direct connect to the iPad. Thanks to the latest update to iOS it looks like this is really simple with most cameras. We tested this out on our Canon 5dMk3 cameras and it worked beautifully. Take photos; plug the usb cable into your camera and import photos to your iPad. Most camera’s won’t shoot while the usb cable is plugged in so you will need to disconnect the usb to photograph your next group. Photograph your groups as Medium JPEG files and they import in a flash. Select your favorite group image and then import into iTag Smiles.
SD Card Solution
Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader
If you’re camera uses SD cards and you’d like to not spend $299.99 on a wireless solution, we have the next best thing. All you need is to integrate the Apple Lightning to SD Card Reader Adapter into your workflow, for $32.99. Take the SD card out of the camera after each group is photographed and import the images into your iPad’s native photo application. From there, choose your “favorite” image and import it into your group in iTag Smiles.
What You Will Need
$32.99 Apple SD Card Reader
Your Preferred SD Card
CF Card Solution
Lightning to USB Camera Adapter
If you are using a camera that only shoots CF cards, we still have a solution for you! Similar to the SD Card Solution, you must photograph the groups on your camera. Remove the CF Card and plug it into a CF Card Reader that is then plugged into the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter. Download your images using your iPad’s native photo application. From there, choose your “favorite” image and import it into your group in iTag Smiles.
If All Else Fails On a Shoot
The Quick and Easy Solution
Lets say there was a problem with importing images to your iPad for some reason. There is still a solution. Simply snap a photo of your group using your iPad camera. Import the image into your group in iTag Smiles. Have the group leader identify the subjects using the iPad group photo. When you get back to the studio you can color correct, swap heads and make any other adjustments to your group images from your camera. You can then open each group from your shoot and replace the images you took on the iPad with the final images from your camera post shoot. It’s easy to swap out a photo in a group and the row file information will stay intact.
We have a huge time saver for you. Check out our CSV macro that will automatically merge all of the CSV files in a folder. This is very useful when you download the CSV files from your iCloud Drive to your computer. This will help you make one large CSV file to manage your data and keep tabs on any name changes, absences, name additions or any other changes that were made to your data during your photo session.
We had an amazing time at SPAC and really enjoyed meeting with so many photo studios from around the world. We are so excited to share iTag Smiles with you and our hope is that your Group Photo workflow will be radically different going forward. I mean who wouldn’t want to get back to the studio with the task of compiling your group photos all finished?
It only takes a few minutes to get comfortable with this app and if you need any help I’m here for you. Shoot me an email if you have any questions.
Look forward to working with you soon.
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