At 500px: How an iPad Can Improve Your Photography

Premiere photo site 500px has just published an article of mine that takes a high level overview of what an iPad can do for photographers: How an iPad Can Improve Your Photography. Think of it as the ultra-compact version of my iPad for Photographers book, covering the options for using the iPad as a portfolio, importing photos to the iPad and reviewing them in the field, adding all-important metadata, editing the shots, sharing images, and more.

I’m actually quite excited to appear on 500px, not only because I like what the company is doing, but because the people who post and read at the site tend to be extremely talented photographers. It’s fabulous company to be in.

Announcing My Lightroom mobile Fuel Ebook!

LRmobile 150pxAdobe released Lightroom mobile for iPad last night, and I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve written a brand new ebook for Peachpit Press covering it: Adobe Lightroom mobile: Your Lightroom on the Go.

The book features 53 pages of detailed information on how to use Lightroom mobile, including lots of tips on how to get the most out of Adobe’s new remote tool. And it costs just $8! As near as I can tell, this is the first book about Lightroom mobile on the market.
(Update: Victoria Bampton, aka The Lightroom Queen, also released a book. Go buy her book, too!)

The book walks you through creating and syncing collections from the desktop version of Lightroom, as well as creating collections on the iPad itself (and why you’d want to do it). It also goes into detail about the app’s editing features, covers the many gestures used to speed things up, and more.

Here are some page samples. Buy it now (not-so-subtle-hint), and let me know what you think!

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Road to Macworld: Talking about My Upcoming Sessions

The yearly Macworld/iWorld conference is coming up at the end of March, and I’m involved in three sessions this year! I spoke to Chuck Joiner last week for his show MacVoices about “the Road to Macworld,” offering a preview of my topics: a panel about digital photography workflows, how to take control of your photos on a Mac, and the iPad for photographers.

As a speaker, I also get to pass along deals like this: Until March 14, you can take advantage of $100 off the price of a conference admission to Macworld/iWorld. If you’re planning to attend the event, please come to one of my sessions and say hi, or if there’s enough interest maybe we can have an informal meetup.

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Feedback for the Third Edition

I’m happy to share that I’ll soon be working on a third edition of The iPad for Photographers! I’d love to get your feedback on a few things:

  • Which topics need more/less attention?

  • Is there anything you expected in the book that needs to be added?

  • Do you find the QR codes in the margins helpful for following the links to apps and Web sites?

Please reply in the comments or email me at jeff@necoffee.com. Thanks!

iPad for Photographers featured in Amazon’s ‘Resources for New Photographers’

Amazon.com has created a new Featured Reading List called “Resources for New Photographers,” and my book appears along with a host of great company (McNally, Kelby, Arena, Batdorf, Foster, and others). All nine books look good—I’ve read about half of them, and several ‘Snapshots to Great Shots’ titles appear on the list. Go check them out, improve your photography, and view a lot of great images.

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I Just Gave Away 5 Copies of The iPad for Photographers Ebook

Giving stuff away feels good, even after Christmas, and I’m happy to say that five of my readers just received codes good for downloading the ebook copy of The iPad for Photographers, Second Edition! My continued thanks to the folks at Peachpit Press for providing the codes and to the readers who signed up already after reading my post “Support Good People, 2013” (which definitely carries over into the new year).

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Ebook Deal of the Week: 50% Off The iPad for Photographers

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[Alas, the deal has expired. However, you can still get the 45% off print books using the code CMPRI2013 and up to 60% off ebooks and videos using the code CMDIG2013 for Peachpit's Cyber Monday deals.]

For this week only, The iPad for Photographers, Second Edition is Peachpit’s Ebook of the Week! Get the book at 50% off, just $9.99, through December 1.

The purchase includes EPUB, Mobi, and PDF files, so you can view the book in glorious full-color layout (PDF) or as reformatted flowed text with full-color photos (EPUB and Mobi) on any device.

The ebook version is also great as a reference in the field—you already have an iPad or iPad mini available while shooting, so you can read the book while you’re waiting for the sun to come up!

New iPad Air, Retina iPad mini, and Apps. Hoo boy!

Apple just opened the floodgates of its product releases, announcing new iPads, iLife apps, MacBook Pros, and the Mac Pro. (Oh, and OS X Mavericks, which is available now and free; my OS X Mavericks book is being printed now!)

IPadAir 200pxFor photographers, the new iPad Air and Retina iPad mini are really exciting. The iPad Air replaces the fourth-generation 9.7-inch iPad and is lighter and thinner—both welcome improvements! The Retina iPad mini will appeal to photographers who want great image quality in the smallest form factor (although the new iPad mini is a hair thicker and heavier—0.73 lb. vs 0.68 lb.—than the regular iPad mini). But I’m going for the iPad Air, which weighs just 1.0 lb. and is 0.29 inch thick.

I’m also looking forward to new versions of iPhoto and iMovie for iOS (and on the Mac—Apple has been busy!). I’ll write more once they’re installed. The iLife and iWork apps are now free with the purchase of new devices; updates aren’t yet available as I type this, but they’re supposed to be available today.

From what I can tell, these releases don’t impact the book terribly. iPhoto will look different, and of course now that iOS 7 is out many of the screenshots in the book are likely to be different as well. I wrote about the changes to the Camera and Photos apps for TidBITS: Photos Get Renewed Focus in iOS 7.

More info as I get a chance. It’s suddenly very busy over here!

Article: Tips for iPad Photo Retouching

iPad RetouchingThe iPad is a great photo viewer, but does it have enough oomph to handle photo retouching? Yes! In my latest article at Peachpit.com, I look at several ways to edit photos on the iPad, including red-eye removal, removing unwanted objects in the image, and compositing: Tips for iPad Photo Retouching