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High-Volume Photography Workflow: Why Image Size Matters

In 1913, Henry Ford installed the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile. His innovation reduced the time it took to build a car from more than 12 hours to two hours and 30 minutes.

Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy derived mostly from the Toyota Production System and is a systematic method for eliminating waste within a manufacturing system. Lean also takes into account waste created through overburden and waste created through unevenness in workloads. Lean manufacturing makes obvious what adds value, by reducing everything else which does not.

The law of diminishing returns is an economic principle stating that as an investment in a particular area increases, the rate of profit from that investment, after a certain point, cannot continue to increase if other variables stay at a constant. As the investment continues past that point, the return diminishes progressively.

How, and why, should these principles matter to your business? First, at its core, your high-volume photography business is an assembly line. So, let’s look at one aspect of your assembly line to apply these principles. The size of  your image files.

Of course, everyone knows that larger image files produce higher quality prints. However, if the largest print size you’ll be delivering is an 8×10, why output files at any higher resolution than needed to produce the quality that meets the standards you’ve established? Are you just shooting RAW and exporting high-quality JPEGS without much thought about the impact that size will have on your productivity? Just how much thought do you give to the size of your files as they travel through your workflow?

Why should you care about this?

Ask yourself, how well would Ford’s assembly line have functioned if any aspect of it was not standardized or was left to chance? We’re using file size for this example, but you should routinely scrutinize all aspects of your business using a systematic method for eliminating waste to optimize the output of your factory — your Engine of Growth.

Let’s do some math. We’ll start with a Project that has 4,000 images. Each with an average size of 18MB each for a total size of 72GB (4,000 x 18MB = 72,000MB = 72GB).

Fast connection speeds are often touted by internet providers, but most people don’t realize that upload and download speeds can vary greatly — with upload speeds being many times slower than download. Running your own speed test will show just how much that difference is for you. A speed test on the example internet connection revealed a download speed of 34 Megabits per second (Mbps) and an upload speed of 10 Mbps. A Megabit is 1/8 as big as a Megabyte, meaning that to download a 1MB file in 1 second you would need an 8Mbps connection.  Mb = megabits and MB = megabytes.

Using this handy online calculator reveals that at 10 Mbps, it will take almost 17.5 hours to upload. But it doesn’t end there. Larger files will also take longer to index, sort, and transfer to your connected platform. Not to mention all the other times you move your image files before and after Snapizzi in your workflow. However, for the sake of this example, we’ll just focus on the single metric of  your upload time to Snapizzi.

Let’s say that after testing, you’ve concluded that the smallest size image file to produce a quality print of the largest size you offer is 6MB. The new total project size is now 24GB. You’ve reduced your file size by 66% and shaved 11.5 hours off of your upload time as these images would now take just 6 hours to upload! An improvement of nearly 200% in your efficiency!

Process management is critical to your Project management. If the photography business used in this example is generating 100k images per year — this little change alone will save almost 12 days of uploading time annually!

Still think file size doesn’t matter much?

Are you seeking out waste and inefficiencies in your business to reclaim your precious time and make more money?

If not — it begs the question — why not?


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User Love from Caitlin’s Creations Photography and Design

Snapizzi saves me about 30 hours per month and makes my turnaround times days faster! I can now fit more event volume event bookings in than I could even think about before, or just enjoy the extra time I have with my family when the season hits.

The amazing customer support was invaluable as I started to figure the system out during my first few events with Snapizzi.

Get Snapizzi today — it will change your life!

 

— Caitlin Hudnall

Pinning Simplifies Gallery Linking

When using paper versions of Snapizzi’s camera cards, subject galleries are easily linked by simply photographing all the subject codes in the same keyframe image preceding the photo series you’d like to link.

However, there wasn’t a convenient way to do this when using Snapizzi Paperless without having to use multiple display devices or windows for each code — each of those options presented their own unique challenges. So we set out to solve that problem for our users.

Today we’re excited to announce our solution! Pinning makes  it is easy to link Subject galleries on-the-fly when using Snapizzi Paperless. Pinning enables you to temporarily combine up to four Subject codes into a single matrix to be photographed. This means that up to three codes can be pinned to a fourth with the single matrix changing each time to reflect the linked galleries. 

Read the Knowledge Base article to learn more about how this new feature works.

If you don’t already have a Snapizzi account, sign up now for a free trial of the best software on the planet for high-volume photography!

Onward!

 

User Love from Elicam Photography

I knew I made the right choice with Snapizzi when the shoot was over and I was actually able to spend more time with my family…we went ice skating! I’m excited to move forward with the vision for expansion I’ve had for some time now — all with less stress than before!

The customer support is absolutely amazing and appreciated! In my best Schwarzenegger voice, DO IT, DO IT NOW!

 

— Curtis Simmons

Paper Proofing for Groups, Project Metrics, and More!

Our latest release offers features and improvements that are just one more step in our relentless pursuit to make Snapizzi even better!  Paper proofing leveled-up again! You can now make proof sheets of Group photos. You have the option to proof only Subject images, only Group images, or both.

We’re also pleased to announce the Project Summary tool. This will give you insight into the metrics for your Projects, including data from your Studio Search Page showing the number of searches and successful forwards to your connected platform.

Other notable items:

  • Hovering over an image in any Repair Tool modal will magnify the image and display the filename. In case you didn’t already know, hovering over any code in these modals will also display the Subject data connected to that code.
  • Gallery naming is now supported for all platforms.
  • Added a dropdown field selection menu in the paper proofing modal.
  • Blog link added to the Dashboard.
  • Replaced the Task progress icon.

We hope you enjoy these new additions. You can expect more time-saving features in the coming weeks and months. If you don’t already have an account, get a free 14-day trial here.

Onward!

User Love from Tiia Norsym Photography

Snapizzi is a game-changer! When I saw all the galleries load into ShootProof using just the data sheet and camera cards — it was like magic! Snapizzi will allow me to take on at least three times as many schools! And the customer support is amazing!

You’d be crazy not to give this a try!

 

— Tiia Norsym

Snapizzi Now Works with Libris

We’re at it again! Say hello to Libris by PhotoShelter! Libris is a cloud-based, Enterprise Digital Asset Management (DAM) platform for visual media designed for businesses and organizations.

librisLibris lets you upload all of your media assets (and their metadata) from your hard drive, server, camera and mobile device right to your account with the click of a button. With unlimited contributors, your whole team can upload photos and videos to the same place, whether they’re in the office or on the go. Store and organize all of your assets in Libris so you can find exactly what you need in seconds.
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How is Libris different from PhotoShelter?

While PhotoShelter Photographer accounts are similar to Libris accounts, they differ in a few key areas:

  • A Libris account may be owned by a company or institution, rather than an individual.
  • Libris accounts have a multi-user, role-based structure.
  • The Libris user interface and terminology are geared to organizations rather than photographers.
  • Libris offers a consolidated organization and permission structure, appropriate for a company.
  • Libris offers limited customization options, while PhotoShelter Photographer accounts offer a wide range of professional portfolios and customizable websites.
  • Video support is an available option for Libris accounts.

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With Libris, you can easily grant access to photos and videos, and make image requests self-service. Libris makes it effortless for your team and partners to search, browse and download, which means they’ll download assets more often and help you get more ROI from your visual media library. With easy access to photos and videos, you’ll be able to take advantage of more opportunities to tell your brand’s story.

Learn more on the Libris website .

You can expect more time-saving features in the coming weeks and months. If you don’t already have a Snapizzi account, try it now with a Free 14-Day Trial.

Onward!