In an interview sometime in 2010, Steve Jobs proclaimed that we have entered a post-PC era. With the advent of the iPad and its multifaceted utilities, we can assume that he was actually right!
History of the iPad
The iPad is a tablet computer. It connects to the internet with Wi-Fi and 3G. It can also be connected to other devices such as DSLRs, Laptops, iPod and iPhone via USB or wirelessly. Apple Inc., first released the iPad in 2010. The iPad2, which is 3G enabled, was released in April 2011.
It comes in 16, 32 and 64 GB internal storage capacities. It is compatible with any GSM mobile connection provider. By default, the iPad comes with apps such as App Store, iBooks, iTunes, Videos, etc. Most of the apps were developed for the iPhone and later improvised to suit the iPad. When connected to a PC or laptop, the iPad is recognized by the iTunes.
How does the iPad help photographers?
With the iPad at hand, you can do a lot during a photo shoot. Here are some must-have iPad apps for the shutterbugs out there:
For photographers who like to take notes at spot after a photo session or like to make a ‘to do list’ before shots, PosePad is a good app. You can draw your own idea for the pose, scribble down the lighting effects and show it to the client or model. You can have a clutter free photo shoot idea with PosePad.
Once you are done with the photo shoot, the next step would be to get your model release or property release signed by the concerned people. Things are digitalized and long gone are the days of paper forms. With Easy Release your model can fill up the form and sign it, right on your iPad. You can email it to yourself later using the Wi-Fi or 3G.
Adobe’s Photoshop Express is an excellent free app for quick editing. You can store albums online and access it using this tool, thus saving space on the iPad.
While the free Photoshop express is great for minor editing, Filterstorm gives you the ultimate editing prowess when it comes to the iPad. It comes with features like exposure adjustment, cropping, text tool, watermark tool, and many more. This is an alternate option to carrying your laptop around for editing.
LIFE for the iPad and The Guardian Eyewitness
Need inspiration? Get some of the best photos at your fingertips on touch from LIFE. The huge collections of some of the best photographs from far end of the world are bound to do more than just inspiring.
Another similar app is Eyewitness from The Guardian. Both these apps are free and available from the App Store.
After having edited your photos, what best way to unveil your creation than sharing it online? Apps such as Smugmug, Photobucket and Flickr are great for maintaining an online storage of albums without burdening your iPad’s memory. These are not just great for getting good critique of your photos, but also the best way to present your work to clients.
Need to transfer all your photos from/to the iPad? All you need is Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and PhotoSync. This app is intelligent enough to detect duplicates and hides at the background while you play your favorite game or attend a phone call.
DSLR Camera Remote
This application makes your iPad a digital remote release, making a remote release cable complete unnecessary.
You can buy these apps or download some of them for free using iTunes.
App store is a boon, because it makes the iPad even more versatile. You can store all your photos on your iPad and carry that around as a portfolio for prospective clients. Share it with the world and explore things on the go.