When the iPad was announced, I immediately started thinking about how this device would work into my photography. After a lot of thought, I boiled down the iPad's photography advantages to the five below. Where they enough to make me purchase an iPad? Yes, they were!
1. The Screen
The iPad screen uses a technology called IPS, the same display technology that is used by the coveted Apple Cinema Displays. The Cinema Displays' clarity and color reproduction are top notch. How does this help you as a photographer? Load up your best images on the iPad and use it as the most versatile and beautiful portable portfolio presenter ever made. When showing your images to prospective clients they'll be amazed!
The iPad is truly portable. It weights just 1.5 lbs, and the battery lasts for an incredible 10 hours. Apple makes a VGA adapter, and Apple's wonderful presentation program, Keynote, is available for the iPad. With the iPad, you have an incredibly portable solution to do presentations of your work through a digital projector, without having to carry a bulky laptop. You can show those same images you loaded for your electronic portfolio, or create amazing presentations with music and motion, and dazzle your audience.
Apple's iTunes store has over 170,000 applications for the iPhone. Guess what? All of them run on the iPad. On launch day, there were over 3,000 applications designed exclusively for the iPad. Out of these there are a great number of applications that I consider essential for photographers. Some of my favorites are LightTrac, Darkness, MagicHour, and Focalware.
All photographers, like most creative people, go through times when we feel uninspired, or when we feel out of ideas. For me, nothing cures the doldrums faster than watching some inspirational images or movies. They get my creative juices flowing! The iPad makes it easy to watch these movies anywhere, at any time. I don't have to squint at my iPhone, or unpack and set up my laptop. Some of my favorite and most inspirational movies include Baraka, Planet Earth, and any of the Natural History documentaries produced by Sir David Attenborough. Now I can have them with me all the time.
5. Photo Websites Anywhere
One of the most important aspects of the iPad for me is that now I have a full featured browser in the palm of my hands, at all times. The iPad allows me to keep up with all my favorite photography related websites with ease, in any room of the house. Some of my favorites include, The Digital Photo Experience, The Pixelated Image, Planet 5D and of course, Outdoor Photo Gear.
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Juan Pons is the Co-Founder of The Digital Photo Experience along with Rick Sammon. Juan he holds workshops throughout the US as well as abroad. To learn more about his workshops visit http://wildnaturetours.com.
Editor's note: Juan has two last minute openings in his Yellowstone & Grand Tetons in Spring instructional photo workshop taking place June 5 thru June 13. He's offering a $500 discount to any OPG customer who signs up for the workshop by April 15th. Check out the workshop details here, and just mention Outdoor Photo Gear to him when you sign up.
Would you use an iPad with your photography?
Yes – 54%
No – 29%
Maybe – 11%
What's your photography "status"?
In-between – 54%
Amateur – 25%
Professional – 18%
How do you think you will use your iPad with your photography?
Showing photos to friends and family – 20%
Browse photography websites – 19%
Read photography related eBooks – 16%
Presenting photos to clients – 15%
Use photography apps while shooting – 13%
Give presentations – 11%
Use as a photo frame – 5%
Have you purchased an iPad?
No – 68%
Yes – 21%
Not Interested – 7%