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Freelance photographers often work on location and hardly ever know when their next assignment is coming.
“I’m almost fused with my smartphone,” says Stefaan. “Chances are that, come Monday morning, I still don’t know what my day is going to be like. Around about ten in the morning, I’ll get the first call or mail from the newspaper with assignments for that day and sometimes for the rest of the week. As the week progresses, my agenda will start filling up quite quickly.”
“I’m always reachable through my smartphone and email,” Stefaan explains. “Mobile data is one of the most important things in my life at this time. If there is no wi-fi available and the editors are waiting for my images, I’ll often use my smartphone to create a personal hot spot. That way, I always manage to get my photos in on time.”
“Photographs are also quite big in file size, which makes for a big volume in data used,” says the photographer. “Especially during the summer music festivals, I’m often way over my limit.”
“Because there was so much press at Tomorrowland, the organisation’s internet connection often slowed to a crawl. So I switched to 4G to get my photos back to the editors. Otherwise I would’ve missed my deadline.”
A fast data connection and mobile data have other advantages, remarks Stefaan: “The Google Maps app comes in quite handy as a GPS solution. I use it in combination with traffic reports, which means I’m never late for my appointments.”
“My agenda is synchronised with the newspaper,” the photographer adds as extra tip, “so the editors can always check, in real time, whether I’m available.”