Re: Just posted: Apple iPad 2: Tool or Toy?

Started Mar 18, 2011 | Discussions thread
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plenty of stuff. Just do a search.

PicOne wrote:

it seems the iPad's main utility for photographers is as a selling agent of one's work in an electronic portfolio. It doesn't really contribute in any unique way to actually improved photography, composition, postproduction, technique, etc.. but rather furthers the business of photography thru increased sales.

At least from what I've read above, nobody who likes their iPad, is saying its actually due to some specific app that they couldn't do without and that helps them take better pictures. The folks who don't see the utility of an iPad, presumably aren't in a position where they need to bring a portable electronic portfolio on the road with them that can be continually displayed for 10 hours before a battery recharge is possible.

Do a youtube search of "iPad Photography Apps". Plenty of people have posted videos of their favorite iPad apps. Or do a google search of "iPad Photography Apps." You'll find plenty of stuff. It includes everything from custom designed portfolios, to tilt-shift effect generators, to digital photography magazines, to sun position tracking, to lighting diagramming, to instructional apps, etc. Here are just a few examples:

http://theappwhisperer.com/2011/02/28/top-10-photography-ipad-apps-of-february-2011/

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tiltshift-generator-for-ipad/id364225705?mt=8

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/digital-photographer-magazine/id345030191?mt=8

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/strobox/id339112815?mt=8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR9VogRcTAE&feature=related

http://www.scottkelby.com/blog/2010/archives/11227

http://filterstorm.com/fs2/index.tai

And with so many photographers using the iPad, there are more and more photography apps being developed for the iPad every day. Displaying your images is just one aspect of the iPad.

You also have to remember that there are a lot of uses for the iPad beyond just photography, too. For example, I have a Newsweek subscription that gets delivered to my iPad every week. I also have a huge collection of full color magazines and books stored on my iPad. I have 2010's complete collection of National Geographic Magazine on my iPad. Esquire, The Economist, GQ, Professional Photographer Magazine, American Photo, etc. All are stored on my iPad. This means no magazines cluttering up the house, and no magazines end up in the trash. I like keeping issues of magazines, particularly photography magazine, but the problem is that they just take up too much space, and eventually get tossed out. Now, with digital magazines, that's no longer an issue.

These days, all my magazines are PDFs or some other electronic form, on my iPad, always accessible.

Sure, you can read PDFs on your laptop or desktop. But the experience is entirely different. Looking at PDF magazines or books on an iPad is a lot more like...well, like looking at a magazine or book. You hold it in your hand, there's no heat or fan running, you flip through with your hands, you zoom in with a simple motion of your fingers (ok, you can't zoom into a real magazine with your fingers, but you can with an iPad). No need for a mouse or keyboard. It's a nice experience.

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