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!

‘Meet the iPad & iPad mini’ ebook now available, just $2.99

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Shortly after I wrapped up the manuscript for my book The iPad Air & iPad mini Pocket Guide, Fifth Edition, I updated the best-selling short ebook spinoff that Peachpit and I have released for several editions.

That title is now available as a $2.99 ebook: Meet the iPad & iPad mini. It’s the perfect introduction to any iPad running iOS 7 or later (that includes all iPad models except the original one), and at just $3 is perfect to give as a gift to someone who’s just getting started.

Buy it now from the iBooks Store, Amazon.com (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Nook), or directly from Peachpit Press.

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McCracken: Nothing Wrong with iPad as a Camera

Harry McCracken at Time has been using an iPad as his primary computer for a couple of years now, and he still gets guff about it. But that’s nothing compared to the general consensus that taking photos with an iPad is worthy of ridicule. When Apple added cameras to the iPad 2, it was pretty amusing to see people taking photos with the tablet. Don’t they realize they look like dorks? was a common refrain. (I thought so, too. Although my bigger complaint was with the image quality of those first cameras.)

But since then, I’ve changed my mind because in the real world, people are using iPads as cameras all the time. I linked to Shawn Blanc’s post last week about how the iPad has given his legally-blind grandfather a way to capture photos. And that’s just one example.

Now McCracken is putting a flag in the ground: “Resolved: There’s Nothing Stupid about Using the iPad as a Camera.

With all due respect to such people, they seem to have some form of cognitive disorder that leaves them believing that what’s right for them is right for everybody. But if somebody is doing something with a computer and is happy doing so, it’s usually a good sign that the person in question has found something that works. Not for you, not for me — for that person.

But the thing is, none of this matters. If a meaningful number of people choose to use an iPad as a camera, those people have found something that works for them. Why any of them should care about what anybody else thinks, I don’t know.

Shawn Blanc: Grandpa’s iPad

Great, touching post by Shawn Blanc about his grandfather, who is legally blind, using the iPad as a camera:

At first, I wanted to snicker. But how could I? If my Grandpa wants to use an iPad to take a picture of his grandson and great grandson, then who cares? Certainly not me.

My Grandpa’s iPad has enabled him to do something that he’s been unable to do for as long as I can remember. The 9.7-inch touch screen has turned my Grandpa into a photographer.

Rumors of an iPad companion app for Lightroom surface

Last week, 9to5Mac posted an article about a leak on Adobe’s Web site that revealed what appears to be a Lightroom app for the iPad. According to the leak, the app would be a service that costs $99 per year (or may be included in a Creative Cloud subscription).

A Lightroom app for iPad was teased by Adobe’s Tom Hogarty earlier last year when he showed a very early proof-of-concept app that could edit raw files with apparent ease (on an iPad 2, no less).

There’s no indication of whether the app is imminent or still in development (and I wonder if the subscription pricing might be an intentional test balloon to see how people would react to the pricing). But it’s definitely an exciting development.

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Using Cameras’ Built-in Wi-Fi at CES

Derrick Story has an article at Macworld about how he used the built-in Wi-Fi capabilities of the Canon 70D and Olympus OM-D E-1 and their respective iOS apps to share images during the day when he attended CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) early this month. Manufacturers are finally getting the message that built-in Wi-Fi is useful and desired by photographers.

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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Split Raw+JPEG Files on the iPad

If you shoot Raw+JPEG in anticipation of working with the photos on your iPad (as I recommend in my book), you’re bound to run into the problem of storage. Raw files occupy a lot of space, and are mostly ignored when working with images on the iPad. In his latest Practicing Photographer video at Lynda.com, photographer Ben Long (who has one of the best voices on the Internet, I swear) demonstrates how to use the app PhotosInfoPro to “split” the raw file from the JPEG for each image, enabling you to delete the raw files and keep the JPEGs. (Make sure you keep the raw files on your memory card, of course.)

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The video is free until the next episode is posted, so check it out now while it’s still online. Or, you can read about how to do it at the Lynda.com blog.

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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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