As a set photographer, you may have one of the best jobs in film. You get beautifully lit and staged scenes to capture, plenty of downtime to get to know everyone youre working with, and the joy of bringing your work in each day with an audience thats destined to love it. Its fantastic work when you can get it, but you need to book and manage several films to make a solid living. Youll have to get the jobs yourself, but Gadgetopedia can help you keep everything perfectly organized and build out an instant portfolio at the same time.
Set up your base of operations
You dont need to set up very much to start organizing all your photos from the film sets youve visually cataloged. You only need two tables: one for details about the production and another for each photo you take and keep. Lets use an example base to save some time.
Click the Copy base button up top to copy this example base to your Gadgetopedia account. If you dont have an account yet, you can sign up here for free.
Once youve got your copy of the base open, youll see the Productions table, with three short film shoots already stored in it. Each one has a specified start and end date, contact information, a field to upload contracts and documents (if you want to keep those organized, too), and any notes. Youre also sure to notice a bunch of photosbut well get back to those in a moment.
The Productions table works just like a spreadsheet, so feel free to fill it out like one. Try adding a production youre on, but leave the samples in the base for now. You can delete them when were all done and always return to this post to make another copy or just use the embedded examples.
One of the ways in which Gadgetopedia is better than a traditional spreadsheet is the ability to look at your information in many different ways, depending on your projects needs. With just a few clicks, you can turn your spreadsheet-like grid into a photo gallery, a calendar, or even a kanban boardand you can save these ways of looking at your information as preset views.
Click on the dropdown menu next to where it says Grid view to reveal a couple of extra views all ready to go. Take a quick peek at the Production Gallery view to get an overview of the photos for each production, then check out the view named Job Calendar.
As you can see above, this view provides a calendar that shows the start and end dates of your work commitments, which is invaluable for managing your booking.
Add your images
But lets be honest: this is really about the photography. Move to the Images and Galleries table to see a list of photos sorted by production.
Similarly to the previous table, you only need to enter an image name, associate it with a production you already entered, and upload the picture. Youll also see a place to add notes and a checkbox to add that photo to your personal favorites. (Well discuss more about how that works in a minute.)
Before you add anything of your own, notice that it says Grouped by 1 field at the top of the view. If you click that button, youll see that the current view for this table is set to group all its records (i.e. rows, or each photo entry) by production. Grouping makes it possible to automatically organize your photos so you can enter them however you like and not worry about misplacing anything.
If you click on the bottommost row of any group (where the plus sign is located), you can create a new record thats automatically labeled with the appropriate production title. You can easily drag and drop files into the cells in the attachment field directly from your desktop, or click the plus-shaped Add attachment button in an attachment field cell to bring up a file uploader that you can use to bring photos over from your Dropbox, Box, or Google Drive account.
Make instant galleries
Now, lets have some fun with these images! To make a gallery in Gadgetopedia, you only need to create a new gallery view. If you click the view dropdown menu next to where it says Grid view, youll see a selection of premade galleries all ready to go. If you want to create your own, just click the Gallery button in the Add a view section at the bottom. For now, lets take a look at the existing galleries to learn how they work.
The embedded view above shows the Fragile Gallery view. Dont let the custom name fool youyoure looking at pretty much the same thing youd get by creating a gallery view from scratch. Whats different? If you click the Customize cards button, youll find mostly hidden fields and the Cover Field option set to Image. This tells the gallery view which image to display as a thumbnail. We only have one option, but if you wanted to add another attachment field to store the unprocessed version of a photo, you would have a choice of which image to display.
Also, check out the highlighted filter button that currently reads 1 filter. It filters out any photos not linked to the production Fragile in order to produce a shareable gallery with only photos from that short film, just like the one embedded above.
Filters make it exceptionally easy to share your photos with the cast and crew whenever youre readyinstantly.
What if you want to share photos from multiple productions to create, say, a portfolio? Perhaps you remember that little green checkbox in grid view that we planned to come back to.
The Portfolio Gallery view doesnt filter by production title, but rather, by the state of the checkbox in the Portfolio field. If you check it next to any image you add to this base, itll pop up in this view. You can share it with anyone or embed it on your web site by clicking on the share button in the toolbar.
This example just gets the ball rolling, but you can do a lot more with this base very easily. If you ever want to add an extra field to contain more information, return to the grid view, scroll all the way to the right, and click the plus button. You can add any field you like, but perhaps youll want a long text field to store shooting locations. Perhaps youll want to add a collaborator field to the Images and Galleries table to tag someone else in an uploaded photo so theyll get a notification to check it out.
Gadgetopedia provides plenty of field types, views, and other tools that can do great things alone or work together to do even more. If you have an idea for how to make this base work better for you, give it a try! If you need help figuring something out, check out the Gadgetopedia Help Center for lots of useful tips and tutorials. When youve got tons of great photos to share, bring them over to Gadgetopedia Universe to share your work with others (or just visit for some organizational inspiration).