How Samsung’s Z Fold 4 changed my street photography workflow FOREVER

Photography can be as simple or as complicated as we like to make it, and often we have a complex routine to get the images we like only to share across social media. I have managed to simplify the process by switching from having to use my laptop, to using Samsung’s latest folding smartphone – the Galaxy Z Fold 4.

As I transitioned from capturing professional sports photography to street photography, I kept my transitional workflow of capturing images, uploading them to a desktop computer or one of the best laptops for photo editing at the time and would edit my images how I liked, and then uploaded them to Dropbox to disperse to relative clients.

Once the images were delivered to my clients I would then use my phone to access them via Dropbox and download selected images to my phone to then upload them to social media networks like Instagram.

A photo of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 foldable Android phone

(Image credit: Basil Kronfli / Digital Camera World)

This process might sound normal for many of us, but for street photography when you are always on the go this process might sound rather ‘clunky’ I have always been in search of the ideal workflow for me, and this always included a laptop, until now.

Thanks to the advancing technology of mobile phones, and the processing power and memory built inside, I’ve managed to ditch most of the bulk and take my street photography workflow to minimalistic levels, all thanks to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (opens in new tab). As folding phones have started a new trend, and I see them as being a phone, tablet, and computer all rolled into one, I want to see if I could use the Z Fold 4 to be my always-there ‘laptop’.

(Image credit: Sebastian Oakley / Digital Camera World)

Now I would love to say this was a hard process, full of hacks and tricks that would get me a million views on YouTube, but I’m delighted to say this process was almost as easy as taking my memory card out of my camera.

Firstly, I will address the elephant in the room, my older Leica camera (opens in new tab) does not have WiFi or Bluetooth. And as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is USB Type-C, a dongle is required for this process to work – but the need to also carry a USB-C hub (opens in new tab) is a small sacrifice to have a computer always in my pocket.

(Image credit: Sebastian Oakley / Digital Camera World)

The process

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