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This is a discussion on How friendly is apple? within the iPad General Discussions forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; Originally Posted by Dbarnesh
Here is something I have observed trying to over come my trouble with my new iPad. I'm not the only one ...
I Understand What You Mean Now Dan! I Did Not
...realize what the problem was when you asked this same question in our Help Section! I was thinking (along with other folks) that you were wanting to display photos in a thread. Now I understand you. You want to display your photos on a photo hosting website so clients can see your work and purchase or hire you to take photos. (The light dawns!) Talk about having a one track mind--my bad.
Originally Posted by Dbarnesh
Thanks for reposting in this section. I actually do this activity in my other hobby--being a photographer. Originally I bought the iPad to do what you are wanting to do: take a photo, import it from camera to the iPad, do your post processing work, and then upload to Flickr, Smugmug or Zenfolio (what I use), and then send links to customers letting them know their album was ready for review.
I did this process one time and it was a disaster! Despite what everyone says about the iPad's ability to do many things, post processing work on a small 10 inch display is very frustrating. I shoot RAW, so processing those big RAW files was awful. Then when I did get a finished photo, the file I created and uploaded to Zenfolio was further diminished when it got to Zenfolio--a couple of pixels were somehow edited out--primarily information contained in the exif data.
Not desiring to figure out why (or as some folks here would be quick to blame Steve Jobs) I changed my photo process. I download my files onto a desktop, with Photoshop, I do my post processing work, then I upload the finished photos to Zenfolio. I get on my iPad, sign into Zenfolio and I have all my photos displayed in my albums. While in Zenfolio, I can pull up a subject album, run the site's slide show on the iPad and the photos come out beautifully. I can down load several of these photos onto my iPad and show them to clients, take an order, and close the sale. Or I can send email to clients giving them samples of my work with a link to their specific albums (with a sample or two of each series--don't want to give away the store!)
In essence the iPad is only for displaying the finished product, not creating it or having any part of the processing. Because photos require detailed work, the iPad is not the tool to use to do this work. But it is a great tool for closing the sale. Not only have I sold photos using the iPad, I've also sold the iPad. Unfortunately some of my clients focused on the iPad and not what the iPad was showing them.
I assist a very popular wedding photographer here in Fort Wayne when he has a big shoot, such as a wedding. He was hired to photograph this very large wedding, from rehearsal dinner, to pre-dressing, to driving to the church, to in church photos, to staged shots, to reception shots. The bride hired my friend to take the 'still' shots and hired a videographer too. I came along to do some of the casual shots, etc.
Between the two of us we must have taken over 5000 photos. Anyway, not only did the bride order a hard copy printed album of a 1000 photos, she wanted all the other photos plus the video, put on an iPad so she can have it to show--which we sold her the 16gig Wifi iPad. She came in the other day and wanted us to help her download her honeymoon shots too. When we returned her iPad to her, she mentioned that she wished she could hire us for things like baby shots. Do we have a customer for life?
Last edited by MattIM; 12-31-2010 at 06:25 AM.
12-31-2010 06:21 AM
Love your story.
Originally Posted by MattIM
Well Done , and well described.
Nice post! Always willing to help in a respectful, non-condescending manner. Your A Good Man Charlie Brown.
Originally Posted by xune
Wish you could solve my problem.
Hey Xune - good post.
My wife is also a photographer. The iPad does do some cool things but simply can't replace her iMac / PS CS5 for serious photo editing and uploading to her SmugMug account. It is a great tool to display her portfolio, however, and she does use it to update her WordPress blog or access MobileMe, etc. One thing that is useful is she uses the camera kit and USB cable to look at RAW images shot on her Nikon D200 which uses CF cards. It is much easier to get a sense of her shots on the larger screen. I kind of regret not buying her the 64GB iPad as that would also provide for archive, veiwing and storage while we travel. But we have an 80GB Wolverine for that.
There are some decent photo editing apps such as PhotoShop Express and Photogene available for the iPad that are great for quick crops and editing for upload of vacation photos, etc. A few are here:
6 Awesome Photo Editing Apps for iPad | Apps Reviewed AppCraver
All of Xune's application ideas are good. The iPad can certainly be another tool in your bag that can enhance the experience for you and your client.
I meant to add that onOne software has an interesting control app for DSLRs that may also include LiveView depending on your camera:
DSLR Camera Remote - onOne Software
This looks super cool to me....
IPad is a device that has changed everything. I continue to see posts from members who have chosen:
Not to their prior readings about the device
want the device to work by itself
Not wanting to learn how to operate such simple device
Die heart MS fans
Get real, Ipad will change the face of computing and will enhance your experience. Just work on it.
Apple stores will provide you with one on one sessions for a small fee.
First off I would like to apologize for my outburst. It was uncalled for and childish. It won't happen again.
I would also like to thank everyone here who has offered their help and advice. It looks like I will be using my iPad for lite weight travel fun and will be back in my office for the bigger stuff.
Thanks again to everyone who has been respectful and helpful.
I'm the 1% that thinks anyone who buys a product without researching it, is the one to blame for any and all issues.
Originally Posted by SBHOKC
Sorry, but I don't forsee any issues based on the OP post. The product does as intended, and the user either doesn't know how, or he is asking way too much from the product.
Now if uploading to a site (photobucket, ect) then there should be no issues. If to a corporate website with some flash only uploads, then sure, I can see the issue.
I love processing photos on my iPad.
And I think the iPad is the cross between a laptop and cellphone. It's much more portable than a laptop, however it's limited like a smartphone.
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