Having a beautiful retina display made iPad a great tool for displaying my best photography work to others. While iOS Photos app allows me to stored and show my works, it hardly made for a good presentation. That is why I use a portfolio—a digital portfolio—for my iPad and that’s why I use FolioBook.
There are several reason why I love using FolioBook. FolioBook allows full customization including letter font, background and logo placement according to your taste (in my case just a simple dark background). You can create as many gallery as you want, with up to 200 images per gallery. FolioBook also support cloud integration, allowing you to import your photo directly from Dropbox and PhotoShelter (which is always handy).
In addition, FolioBook support high-resolution images. Be sure to upload high-resolution photo like 2048x1536px for optimal viewing. FolioBook also added several function including photo arranging, auto-play, adding music within the gallery. It also allow you to add video to your gallery (upgrade needed).
FolioBook support “client” mode, where all the customize function is locked and only allow you to get access to presentation — a great function to show your work to your client.
FolioBook certainly have all the function as a digital portfolio, but the question is do I really need it? My answer yes. Despite the fact I can get access to either my website or one of my photo sharing account and show other people, I lives in Jakarta, and sometimes internet connection is unreliable. There is also the case where I’m not within the area with internet access, So having an “offline” portfolio is a big plus for me.
Although FolioBooks is an app with specific function, it’s not the only app in the market. There are several alternative apps such as Portfolio for iPad, PadFolio and Minimal Folio (see the comparison made by tvrphoto). Most of them doing pretty much the same job—such as Portfolio for iPad—and I saw no noticeable differences between the two apps.
While FolioBook is great app I think it’s not for every photographer. Some photographer would rather use their website as their portfolio. However it certainly worth the Rp 119,000 ($9.99) price tag I paid for this app. It’s clean, easy to use and get the job done—Scott Kelby even goes and said FolioBook are his “portfolio app for iPad,” proving its quality of the app—and this is why I choose FolioBook as my digital portfolio.