Thoughts About The iPad mini (And iPad) For Photographers

TidBITS contributor Jeff Carlson says he’s become convinced that a tablet is a great addition to a photographer’s camera bag, , and is convinced that the iPad mini will appeal to photographers much in the same way it appeals to most potential customers: the smaller size and reduced weight is a draw for folks who want a better look at their photos when shooting in the field, but suggests that pros who need to show off their work in the best possible way may opt for a full-size iPad with a Retina display.

Carlson suggests that perhaps the most important aspect of the iPad mini is that its still a fully functional iPad that runs the same software as its larger siblings, which gives you a portable photo studio in your camera bag and a great portfolio presentation device.

As for the iPad mini as a camera, Carlson admits he still cringes when he sees people holding up a 9.7-inch iPad to capture a photo, but says he’s seeing that happen more often, and observes that the smaller physical size of the iPad mini should make shooting photos more tolerable,, noting that in terms of image quality, the iPad mini’s 5 megapixel iSight camera performs decently.

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The iPad for Photographers: Master the Newest Tool in Your Camera Bag [Paperback]

Jeff Carlson has also written a book about the iPad for p[hotographers, in which he expands on the iPad as an incredibly useful tool for photographers on the go. Instead of hauling a laptop on the road or to a photo shoot, you can tuck the lightweight iPad in your camera bag and take advantage of its large screen, third-party apps, and online access to effectively complete and share your work.

Novice to pro shooters will discover everything that the iPad has to offer with simple step-by-step instructions and real-world advice for:
• Importing and copying photos from memory cards using the iPad Camera Connection Kit, then uploading and backing up to iCloud Photo Stream or Dropbox.
• Organizing and rating images and assigning tags in the field, and integrating them later with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom on your computer.
• Editing photos with Photogene, Snapseed, and other image adjustment tools.
• Editing video clips in iMovie, creating slideshows, rough cuts, and more.
• Using portfolio software to create and deliver impressive iPad presentations for prospective clients.

Photographers will learn other clever uses for iPads including triggering the camera shutter remotely, using the screen as a fill flash, calculating depth of field, tracking outdoor light conditions, storing camera manuals as PDFs for quick reference, and other handy at-your-fingertip resources to complement your particular shooting style.

A bonus online chapter with additional coverage for the new iPad – including iPhoto and Photoshop Touch apps – is included with purchase.

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