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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
Federico Viticci at Macstories writes about a very interesting change in Apple’s latest iPhoto 2.0 app for iPhone and iPad. In the first version of iPhoto for iOS, images you edit stay in iPhoto unless you explicitly share them back to the Camera Roll. This situation applies to other applications, too, due to the sandboxing security architecture that keeps apps separated in their own virtual workspaces.
iPhoto 2.0, however, manages to tunnel under the sandbox walls and updates edited photos in the Camera Roll without any additional export step. If you view the image in the Photos app and tap the Edit button, you can edit the original.
In another great move, you can now delete photos from the Camera Roll from within iPhoto: Tap the More button (which looks like an outlined ellipses … ) in the bottom-right corner and choose Delete. There’s also an option to hide a photo from view in iPhoto there.
Go read Federico’s article for more details. Currently this functionality doesn’t seem to be accessible by third-party developers, but I’m hoping it doesn’t stay Apple-only.
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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!)
For 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!
The 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
Are you thinking about taking just an iPad on a trip? How about a driving adventure through Asia in an absurdly small car? Ben Long undertook the Mongol Rally and writes about his choice to bring only an iPad to work with his photos of the excursion: “Putting the iPad Photo Workflow to the Test: The Mongol Rally.”
Broken exhausts, punctured tires, lack of a good histogram—these are the kinds of problems an iPad-based photographer faces on an event such as the Mongol Rally, a charity road rally that I have been participating in for the last nineteen days.
I’m a fan of Ben’s work, and this article is excellent.
I’ve had the great pleasure to do several podcasts and interviews about The iPad for Photographers, Second Edition. Last week I talked to the wonderful David Sparks and Katie Floyd for their Mac Power Users Podcast (listen to the episode here). In it, we talk about all sorts of iPad photography topics, but mostly I’m sure David just wanted some great advice before he left on vacation. (He admits to it several times.) It’s a fun conversation, and I hope you enjoy it!