I just got word from my excellent production editor at Peachpit Press that the second edition of The iPad for Photographers was uploaded to the printer this afternoon. That means the book is on schedule to be out by the second or third week of May — probably earlier for the ebook editions. Pre-order the new edition here!
Just a bleary-eyed update to note that the second edition of my book is getting close to being submitted to the publisher! Everything is due Friday, and there’s still a lot to do between now and then (corrections, a few photo reshoots, etc.; I “package” books, which means I deliver a print-ready version to the publisher all laid out and proofed). But it’s getting closer. Expected release is mid-May, possibly earlier for the ebook versions.
Pre-order the second edition from Amazon here: iPad for Photographers: Master the Newest Tool in your Camera Bag (2nd Edition)
I started updating Chapter 3 (“The iPad in the Studio”) for the second edition of The iPad for Photographers, and discovered that OnOne has discontinued DSLR Camera Remote, their product for controlling a camera tethered to a computer via the iPad. The product was discontinued on March 12, and support will end on May 12, 2013. From the site:
The decision to discontinue the DSLR Camera Remote was made, in part, because it is a difficult product to maintain. To support new cameras, we need software development kits (SDKs) provided by Canon and Nikon. These SDKs allow us to update our software but are often delivered only after a long delay. Additionally, the DSLR Camera Remote is difficult to support. It basically glues together desktop server software, USB camera connection, Wi-Fi networking, and iOS devices together. All of the components create many potential failure points for our users. We spend a great deal of time helping our customers with network and camera issues that are unrelated to our software, to enable DSLR Camera Remote to work in their environment.
Since onOne Software’s strength has always been image processing—building software to help you make your photos look great, we want to focus our energy on that strength. Fortunately, the DSLR and mobile worlds have evolved since we first started to offer the DSLR Camera Remote. Now, there are many more options available! to solve the same problems that the DSLR Camera Remote was originally designed to address. You may want to consider the alternative options listed on the right.
If you still use the app, you can download the server software that runs on a PC.
This certainly puts an unexpected kink into my process of updating the book, but I’m not concerned. It leaves more room for me to talk about remote wireless tethering using CamRanger and CameraMator devices. The book goes to the publisher next week, so I’m on that coffee-fueled deadline treadmill that wraps up book projects. The published book is scheduled to arrive mid-May!
I have my own lists, of course. For example, the next edition will include more detail about working wirelessly, using devices like the CamRanger and CameraMator, and will include the information about iPhoto and Adobe Photoshop Touch that had to appear in an addendum (because the book was literally being printed when Apple announced the third-generation iPad and iPhoto).
Speaking of the second edition, you can pre-order the book now: iPad for Photographers: Master the Newest Tool in your Camera Bag (2nd Edition)
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The Macworld/iWorld conference is coming up fast this month, where I’ll be giving a presentation about using the iPad in photography (“TT834: The iPad for Photographers: Rate, Tag, Edit, and Publish Photos from the Field”). It’s on Friday, Feb 1 at 2 p.m:
Tired of lugging a laptop on vacation or on location just to manage your photos? The iPad has become the next essential tool for your photo bag. Learn how to import photos from your camera — using the iPad Camera Connection Kit or wirelessly with an Eye-Fi memory card — and work with them on the iPad. Sort the promising shots from the creative accidents, assign ratings, and tag the photos with keywords for import into Lightroom. Edit the ones you’re most excited about using iPhoto and other iOS tools, and then share them online with your friends. The iPad lets you take advantage of all this during moments of downtime, without having to wait until you return to your Mac. Jeff Carlson, frequent Macworld speaker and author of The iPad for Photographers (Peachpit Press), shares his expertise so you can wrangle photos on the iPad without difficulty.
If you’ll be in San Francisco then and want to hear me speak, ask me questions, or just see what’s new and cool in the Apple world, you can get a free Expo pass or 50% off an iFan pass using this link: https://2013.macworldiworld.com/portal/registration/mwspeo13.
Apparently it’s Jeff-in-the-Media Day!
Nick Bilton at the New York Times wrote a great overview article about using the iPad with photography: The iPad as a Hand-Held Darkroom.
Jeff Carlson, author of the book “The iPad for Photographers,” sometimes bypasses the iPad camera connection kit in favor of an EyeFi SD card and an app called ShutterSnitch ($16). EyeFi cards, which range from $40 to $100 depending on speed and memory size, can connect directly with your iPad wirelessly. Mr. Carlson said that although EyeFi offers a free app, ShutterSnitch is much faster and has a more advanced interface.
Mr. Carlson said he sometimes captures RAW images with his digital cameras. These are uncompressed and large files, often used by professional photographers because they preserve more of the image quality than standard JPEG files. To handle these files he sometimes uses the apps piRAWnha or Photoraw, both $10. But his favored application is Photosmith ($20) an advanced tool that can wirelessly transfer pictures to your desktop computer for printing or editing later.
It was awfully nice of him to link directly to the book on Amazon, too.
I was also interviewed a few weeks ago by Liz Granger at the Chicago Tribune, who included a couple of points from me in her good overview article A decent holiday photo — is that too much to ask?.
The replay of my Peachpit Photo Club webcast is now live. See how to wirelessly transfer photos from any camera to the iPad — live! Watch as I edit photos in iPhoto for iOS! Marvel at how I can start the presentation without realizing that I hadn’t yet shared my screen with the rest of the webcast! (Whoops. Thanks to my wonderful editor for breaking in and pointing that out. It’s just the first couple of minutes.)
I had a great time doing this presentation — enough to consider doing this type of thing more often. Maybe a few Google+ hangouts going into more depth on some features? Let me know in the comments if that’s something you’d like to see.
This is going to be fun: Next Tuesday, September 18, I’m doing a free Peachpit Photo Club presentation about The iPad for Photographers (8 PM EST/5 PM PST). Join me for an hour of live instruction about importing photos wirelessly from a camera to the iPad, rating and tagging photos using Photosmith, editing images, and more. And bring your questions!
Peachpit is running a sale on all photography books, including The iPad for Photographers, offering 35% off one title or 40% off two or more titles! Great for grabbing some titles to read while camping, on the beach, or waiting for a long-exposure shot to finish.
A couple of related post-publishing housekeeping tasks:
- The sidebar on page 52 notes that I’ll be updating Chapter 3 (“Rate and Tag Photos”) with Photosmith 2 information. When I wrote that chapter a few months ago, Photosmith 2 was still in an early alpha stage, but the developers gave me access so I could include it in the book. I’m happy to say that most everything in the chapter is still accurate, and the app’s interface did not change significantly (by which I mean the released app looks cleaner and a couple of labels have changed, but nothing serious got moved). I’m still planning on updating the chapter and posting it for free to people who’ve purchased the book, but I’ve been delayed by waiting for the app to ship (which it has; see “Photosmith 2 Now Available—Go Get It“) and other work. Some of that “other work” is directly related: Look for an ebook devoted to Photosmith 2, coming soon; I’m also updating my book “The Mac OS X Lion Pocket Guide” for the upcoming Mountain Lion release, the timing of which we’ll no doubt learn at this week’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC).
- Also in the same sidebar, I note that the Chapter 3 update can be found at http://www.peachpit.com/ipadforphotographers. That link is currently not active, and I’ve alerted Peachpit. It should redirect to the book’s product page here: http://www.peachpit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0321820185. There’s no update there yet (for reasons mentioned in the bullet above, for those of you who skimmed quickly), but it is the same location where you’ll find the addendum I wrote that covers iPhoto for iOS and Adobe Photoshop Touch. Sorry about the glitch.