Contact Sheets- Do you Need them?
If you are like many photographers, you have a folder of images on your computer, phone, or tablet for inspiration. They may be of different resolutions, sizes, orientations, colors covering a wide range of subjects. There are several ways to organize these, including a variety of on-line and software options one of which include contact sheets.
Contact sheets have been around for a very long time from the early film days. Contact sheets allowed film based photographers to print negative strips out on a single sheet to help decide in part which images were worthy of enlargements.
In the digital world, contact sheets can provide a valuable resource some of which include:
Although several options for preparing contact sheets are possible, one of the quickest methods is through the Adobe Bridge.
Once you have your images on the contact sheet, choose "Export to PDF" at the bottom of the page.
You now have a very portable reference which can even be stuck in your pocket if you choose once printed. At a location, this is one less piece of gear the photographer needs to drag along. Using this method one does not have to 'import' files into a gallery which can be a time saver and well as save disk space. When working with a client, the photographer does not have to 'wake up' a computer or tablet or tie up a resource such as a phone.
Give this a shot and see what you think!