The iPad can be an excellent tool for both amateur and professional photographers. Of course, an iPad can never replace a computer for serious photo editing (or so I believe) , but I think it has certainly earned a place in the bag of discerning photographers.
In this article we will see 10 essential elements that a photographer’s iPad must have . We begin!
Digital SLR Cameras & Photography for Dummies
If you are new to photography, or a veteran who wants to refresh his or her knowledge, Digital SLR Cameras & Photography for Dummies is a must-read. It covers everything from exposure and composition to lighting and more. This application book will teach you basic photography clearly and concisely, and help you achieve the perfect shot in no time.
Founded in 1991, For Dummies is a highly respected reference book series in the world, featuring more than 1,800 titles, many of which are available on the iOS platform. Each For Dummies application is fully interactive and includes high-resolution images and videos to facilitate the learning process.
Scott Kelby’s Lighting Recipes
American photographer Scott Kelby shows various lighting techniques at Scott Kelby’s Lightning Recipes, a training seminar with 20 images by Scott, along with comments by the author himself.
Lasting 45 minutes, Scott Kelby’s Lighting Recipes is divided into 13 lessons, and includes tips on how to recreate each shot for less, proving that there is no need to spend a lot of money on expensive equipment to achieve the effect we want.
Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit
Importing photos directly from your digital camera or SD card with the Camera Connection Kit is easy. Simply connect any of the options to the iPad, and the Photos application will open, from which you can select the images you want to transfer.
The Apple Camera Connection Kit supports all standard image formats, including RAW, and is a quick and easy way to transfer your photos from one location to another without the need for an internet connection.
The Camera Connection Kit costs 29 euros and can be purchased here.
PhotoSync can transfer images wirelessly from your computer or other iOS devices in minutes, without the need for cables. Armed with an Internet or Bluetooth connection, PhotoSync is capable of sending thousands of photos at a time, with a transfer rate of up to 2.5 MB per second.
PhotoSync can even upload the images to websites like Facebook or Flickr, and continue to transfer them in the background while you do other things.
Easy Release replaces paper model contracts with a digital document, which can be signed, and sends a copy directly to our email in PDF or JPEG.
Each document can be customized to include our logo, name and contact information, and is available in 13 languages, including Spanish. Easy Release is a great electronic alternative for today’s photographers, and it’s well worth the cost.
Turn your iPad into a rudimentary studio lighting system with SoftBox Pro. This ingenious application will transform any poorly lit photograph into a professional-looking setup in seconds, and is a great alternative for those who want to spend a fortune on expensive lighting systems.
SoftBox Pro features 15 different shapes, grids and patterns, and includes a brightness adjustment of up to 8 stops. For an extra £0.89, an expansion pack is available that will allow you to adjust the settings even further.
LightTrac is a valuable application for landscape photographers, as it can help determine the exact lighting conditions for any given time or date, whether that date is tomorrow or a year from now.
LightTrac also shows us the times the sun and moon rise, indicating their angle and elevation to help us get the most out of our outdoor photographs.
Adobe Photoshop Touch
There are many photo-editing applications for the iPad, but my favorite is Photoshop Touch. Why? Because Adobe Photoshop Touch is basically a condensed version of its desktop counterpart: it includes the supporting layers, the cloning, the magic wand tool and many more basic Photoshop features that we all know and love.
It supports images up to 12 megapixels and offers a free Creative Cloud subscription with 2GB of cloud storage to sync your photos.
500px is an online photography community aimed primarily at professional and serious amateur photographers. Described as the way to have an incredible world of images in your pocket, 500px is one of those applications that absorbs you and makes hours go by without you noticing.
Commenting and bookmarking the work of others or uploading your own photos for other users to review are some things you can do. 500px is said to be a more sophisticated version of Flickr, and I strongly recommend becoming a member if the Yahoo option doesn’t convince you.
Portfolio Pro is a hassle-free way to showcase your work when you go to visit potential or existing clients and make your work stand out from the overcrowded photo industry.
One and a thousand times more polished than a traditional portfolio, as indicated in AppStorm, Portfolio Pro is fully customizable and does not require an Internet connection for use. You can even connect it to an Apple TV to view photos on a large screen and share your portfolio via Facebook, Twitter and email.
What do you think?
Are you a photographer and think your iPad is an integral part of your work? Do you think an iPad can never replace a computer for photo editing? Let us know your impressions.
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