I review iPhoto in latest Seattle Times column

My Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times this week talks about the new iPad’s Retina display, and how it works with iPhoto for iOS: “New iPad’s display and apps earn top grades

I like iPhoto a lot, although I found a few glitches and restrictions that point to it being a 1.0 product. Still, it’s an amazingly polished 1.0 product. I posted a couple of before-and-after shots in a Flickr set.

Good before-and-after comparisons of iPhoto editing

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop points to a post by photographer Abdel Ibrahim about editing photos shot with his Canon DSLR using iPhoto: Doing the math: iPhoto + iPad + DSLR.

Apple’s latest slate boasts a Retina display with an astounding 2048×1536 resolution, all powered by an A5X processor with quad-core graphics. But as impressive as those specs are, if Apple had stopped there, so too would the question I’ve turned over and over in my mind. Without the proper software, all that hardware’s useless, and tablets wouldn’t be any closer to replacing their desktop cousins. Fortunately, that fact wasn’t lost on Apple, and it debuted a mobile version of iPhoto, Mac’s popular photo-editing app, alongside the iPad. The combination’s potent, but how potent?

With DSLR (Canon 7D) in hand, I was determined to find out if the duo could save me the trip to my desktop.

Ibrahim includes several before-and-after shots that illustrate what iPhoto can do. Definitely check it out.

Ibrahim iphoto comparison

The iPad for Photographers at Photoshop World

Photoshop World 2012

[Update: I received word that all of the copies Peachpit took to the event sold out! Sorry I couldn’t be there.]

Thanks to the hard work by my friends at Peachpit Press, The iPad for Photographers is available first to attendees at Photoshop World 2012, starting March 24! Head over to Peachpit’s bookstore, booth #106, and buy the book for 25% off.

The book is packed full of information about how to use your iPad as the best new tool in your camera bag: Import photos from cameras on location or in the studio; organize, tag, and rate photos on the iPad; edit and share them; and take advantage of helpful photographic apps. It’s a beautiful book—take a look inside.

First Author Copy Arrived!

Okay, I can tell I’m going to need to parcel out the exclamation points on this blog, but not yet: My first author copy of The iPad for Photographers arrived, and it looks great!

It’s packed full of information, but I also worked hard to make it pretty. Each chapter starts with a large splash photo that illustrates the chapter’s contents, and then inside, full-color photos, screenshots, and examples of what you can do on the iPad abound.

Now that I have my first copy, I expect the book will appear in stores and be in stock at online retailers within a week or so.

It's a book! The iPad for Photographers

Splash page, The iPad for Photographers

Retouching section, The iPad for Photographers

Photography on the Retina Display

Duncan Davidson dug into what appeared to be a thorny problem: large JPEG files weren’t loading at high resolution in Safari on the new iPad. Some poking around and advice from friends online (and at least one “little birdie”) revealed a secret for how to make photos really pop on the display. I haven’t had a chance to try this myself, but this could make a big difference in how photographers present themselves online.

Related: “Meet the iPad (third generation)” now out!

Today is iPad Ship Day, and I’m thrilled to announce that my ebook, “Meet the iPad (third generation)” is now available at the iBookstore. And it costs just $1.99!

It covers the basics of using the new iPad, browsing the Web, using iCloud, working with apps, taking photos and video, and more. Check it out (you can download a sample), and please help spread the word.

Meet the iPad3 (third generation) at the iBookstore


Ebook Editions Now Available (Early!)

Ipad photogs in ibooks

I received an unexpected email today from a reader who bought the Kindle edition of the book, wanted to compliment me on the book, and ask a question. I was quite stunned, as I didn’t think the ebook versions would be released until the print edition appeared toward the end of March. But there it is, available on Kindle, iBookstore, and Nook! (See “Buy the Book!” for links.)

If you’ve already purchased the ebook, thank you! However, a few things aren’t quite ready behind the curtain. For one, this Web site existed only as a domain name acquisition until this morning, so as you can see, content is sparse for now.

What isn’t mentioned (yet?) on the online storefronts is that an addendum is coming that covers the new iPhoto for iOS app that was announced along with the third-generation iPad. I turned in my final files the week before Apple’s announcement, fingers crossed that the new device wouldn’t make sections of the book outdated. Fortunately, except for iPhoto, everything in the book still applies to the new iPad. (Due to print obligations, we couldn’t push the due date out any further. Besides, that would have likely delayed the book by a month, and this baby wants to get out into the world!)

I’m working on the addendum now (which includes coverage of Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad, which also shipped too late to include it in the print edition) and hope to have it to Peachpit in the next couple of days. It will be a free download, but you’ll need to register your book at Peachpit’s site to get it; that page, at peachpit.com/ipadupdate, isn’t set up yet.

Another consequence of the early electronic release is that most of Chapter 3, which covers organizing and tagging photos on the iPad, doesn’t make a lot of sense because the software it details, Photosmith 2.0, isn’t quite out of beta. When I learned about the major revamp between versions 1.0 and 2.0, I nearly begged the developers for access to pre-release versions for the book. I suspect the software will be available at or soon after the print book arrives; until then, read Chapter 3 and dream of what soon will be.

Lastly, in the middle of all this, Apple’s release of the third-generation iPad means I’m frantically updating my iPad Pocket Guide to get it to market as soon as possible. (It’s not even in the stores’  systems yet, but believe me, Peachpit and Barnes & Noble want the book now.)

So, for those of you already buying the ebook, thank you again! I encourage you to write reviews wherever you bought it if you feel so inclined, and feel free to post comments here or email me at ipadforphotogs@necoffee.com with feedback.

Download New iPad Coverage

Apple announced the new, third-generation iPad the same week that the print book was being printed. And although the book’s contents still apply to the new iPad, I felt it deserved coverage of the new iPhoto app for iOS, as well as Adobe Photoshop Touch, which was also released for the iPad that same week.

If you own the book, go to peachpit.com/ipadupdate to register the book and download a free special addendum focused on those two apps!

The link isn’t immediately obvious. On the Web page, look for the “Register your product” link below the technical specs of the book:

IPad for Photographers The Master the Newest Tool in Your Camera Bag | Peachpit