iPad as a Tool for Pro Photographers

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    My take on the iPad just went up on my blog today. I have been a commercial photographer for over twenty years and gone through many portfolio formats. I think this has a ton of promotional potential. Would love to hear any feedback, especially from other photographers who have shown there work using it.
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    I have tried to use the iPad for on the fly editing and have been let down by the apps that are available. Just about every app I have downloaded crashes at some point during an edit. Having an app that would allow me to keep my iPad connected so I can use it as a review screen while shooting photos would be awesome.
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    Hi Lara,

    The iPad is great as a promotional tool to showcase your works.
    I started to try and import all my photos into my iPad the minute I got it.

    But I realised that that is not possible as using the iPad to sync photos from my iMac is an agony. It tries to optimise the photos to fit into the display size of the iPad and it is taking a long time to optimise the photos.

    At the present moment, I have about 30,000+ photos and after 2-3 hours of optimising, I gave up. Had to reorganise my folders and select only the essential ones.

    The iPad is definitely better at showing the client the full image on a 9.7" screen as opposed to a 3" LCD.

    Have you got the camera connection kit? Was trying to get it when my wife bought the iPad for me, but it wasn't available at the store.

    Were you using a Lensbaby, Lomo or T/S lens for the above shot ? DOF plane seems different from a normal lens.
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    Sent your blog link to a friend who is trying to convince her photographer husband to buy one. It would be useful in promoting her jewellery making hobby.
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    I just use iPhoto to upload portfolios and I really edit them down. I think less is more when it comes to presenting your work. I used a Canon 50 1.2 L series lens for the shot, open to about 2.0 maybe? I think it is just the angle maybe that gives it that look.
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    One of the first things I did with my iPad was to demonstrate it to my friend who deals in vintage watches.
    The device makes an easily portable sales tool, especially with pinch and zoom. You can also quickly access your website or even VPN into your home database if needed.
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    I had the same problem and you either need to let it run all night or set up another folder where you have a more manageable number of photos to optimize.
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    Lara,

    Lovely work on both your blog and website!

    I'm hoping to use my iPad more with future OS (or should I say iOS) upgrades. I'd love the ability to do some RAW processing, and have a better file system.

    Ciao,
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    Wouldn't it be nice to have a camera attachment on the iPad ?

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    Would be great to have a 10MP, 28mm/F1.8L USM lens with a 9.7" LCD Live-View screen instead of a 3" LCD :D

    One that can just be plugged into the 30-Pin connector without any cables.

    Wish someone will invent something like that.
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    I would not be surprised at all if that happens one day in hhe near future.
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    Just playing devil's advocate, why on earth would you want to load 30,000 pictures onto the iPad? You said that it's a great tool to showcase your work, but who wants to see 30,000 versions of your work? I think any potential client would want to see MAYBE 100 different shots, max. Even if you were potentially taking on a client like Microsoft, I doubt they would want to see 30,000.

    I would just pick even 1,000 and sync just those.
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    I can't wait for a decent photo processing app to come out, might encourage me ton use RAW more. As for the iPad as a portfolio I think its a great idea, people will be drawn in either by the awesome gadget the iPad is or by the standard of your work or both! No doubt there will soon be 'an app for that.'
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    I know by no means is it Photoshop, but Photogene has been the typical suggestion for me.
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    Yeah I agree photo gene is decent, I tried camera bag but it's terrible!
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    Hi Matt,

    Yup, gave up the idea of synching 30,000 photos.
    Just loaded 6,000 instead. Still, it took about an hour to optimize.
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    Yeah it takes awhile but you really only have to do it once. When I have big projects like that (say, converting a bunch of videos or something) I usually just leave my computer on all night. Otherwise it's like watching a pot of water boil, if you get my drift.
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    The iPad makes for a nice display if you don't have too much light hitting the screen, forget about using it outside in daylight if you want you photos to display the way you processed them. Light hitting the screen is going to change the brightness/contrast no matter how much you play with the brightness and auto setting in settings. I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II, "L" series lenses, and process all my RAW photos in Adobe CS5. The iPad screen is no match for a high end desktop monitor, that is not to say that you can't make your photos look good on the iPad screen. With a little work in your editing software reprocessing your photos you can crank out some nice photos to display on the iPad. The iPad screen has some issues with high contrast areas in photos resulting in the screen producing dark areas where there should be areas of mid-tones. Photos that are well lit and properly processed should look great but as soon as you get into less than ideally lit photos or photos with shaded areas they are not going to display the way they ought to.

    I don't intend on using my iPad to upload photos on a shoot given the size of my photo files, especially when I shoot in HDR using five shots to produce one photo. I use a sixteen inch Dell Studio XPS in the field.

    One of the reasons I purchased the iPads is to display my portfolio of photos and it looks like the iPad is going to do a reasonably good job of doing that.

    If you want some awesome photos to display on your iPad or desktop visit InterfaceLift, they have a fair number of 1024 x 1024 photos that you can download InterfaceLIFT: Wallpaper sorted by Date
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    Thank you, I downloaded some...
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    They're trying- The First iPad Webcam Is a Sad Sight

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    At least it's a start. I like yours better :D

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