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Laurel Burk-Sherman
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iPad Apps.


I just received an iPad that I would like to use on the road for sorting, basic editing, etc. Any suggestions for which apps. are working for others?


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1/3/2012 9:24:18 AM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Hi Laurel,
I have read that there are apps for photoshop/ipad (google "Photoshop apps for ipad") but I have not used them. There are other apps for painting with fingers & some sort of scan feature that can transfer images from your ipad into CS5.
Eazel, Lab and Lava — all link to Photoshop Creative Suite 5 running on a Mac or a PC, and let you use the multitouch display to control various functions.

I have only read this online as I dont even like editing on my MacBook Pro and see no real need for an iPad for photography purposes. If it could easily download 40GB worth of images from my CF cards while I am out on a shoot, I would consider it but it appears to me that the connections, speed & obviously lack of storage space is not conducive for this application.
Maybe someone who actually uses an iPad will chime in and maybe even change my mind about all of this :)
Lots of my friends have iPads and they love them.
Cheers,
Carlton


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1/4/2012 8:30:06 PM

 
Laurel Burk-Sherman
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  Thanks for your input, Carlton. I am mainly wanting to be able to sort, organize, and delete unwanted shots, etc. while I'm travelling. There are a lot of apps available, but I was hoping maybe someone was using one that they preferred over others. I'm able to download from my CF card to the iPad, so I just need to find which app will work best to organize shots and save me some time when I get home with them.


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1/5/2012 8:28:44 AM

 
Irene Troy
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  Hi Laurel – I’m waiting for my new i-pad to arrive. I did a lot of thinking before making this purchase and only decided after some very good friends gave me a gift card covering nearly 2/3s of the purchase price. Anyway, while trying to determine if the I-Pad could serve my needs, I learned that Adobe offers a free “Photoshop Express” download for the iPad. From what I saw at the Apple store, the app isn’t very powerful, but for the basics, such as organizing, sorting and then showing, the app is good enough. You can do some very basic editing, but nothing fancy. There is also an app called “Photo Pad” by ZAGG that allows editing, color enhancement and other such tools. I have not seen this app in action, but it is rated 4 stars in the app store.

Carlton, like you I was highly skeptical of how the iPad might help me in my work. However, after using one (a friend’s) for a week, I think it will be very useful for much of what I do. One of the features I like is that it is very easy to use for slideshows in the field. This is an issue for me since much of what I do needs to be reviewed by the client in the field. However, keep in mind that what I do is not straight photography. I help research and develop nature education programs for schools and environmental programs. I write the materials and do the photography. I put materials together and then sit with the client while we sort out how the materials may be best presented. I can load images from my memory card via a card reader, directly onto the iPad, but any major editing must wait until I’m back in the office at a real computer. At the moment, the jury is still out on how useful this new piece of technology will prove for me.


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1/5/2012 3:00:40 PM

 
Laurel Burk-Sherman
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  Thanks, Irene.


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1/5/2012 5:35:01 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Hi Irene,
I have been trying to talk myself into it and now the news of the iPad 3 is out BUT - I still think a 16-35mm to replace my 17-40mm would make more sense (my 17-40 is a tad soft). I would really like the 14mm f/2.8L but its $2000+ (OUCH)...
I still need the ability to download 40GB at a time to 2 external drives and my MacBook Pro works great and I can edit with it :)
Gizmo's & lenses :)
Cheers,
Carlton


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1/5/2012 9:01:05 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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  Irene & Laurel---will be curious to hear your experiences editing on the ipad... I've not been able to convince myself I would ever be able to use one for editing. Showcasing, slideshowing, yes, but until they give a keyboard and something like a mouse or pen on the ipad, probably not editing for me, when my macbook pro is not THAT much larger than an ipad, relatively speaking.

Carlton--what news of the ipad3? I'd heard it was going to have dramatically higher resolution than the ipad2, and that was the only way I thought I'd initially consider it as a tablet editor for photos...


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1/6/2012 10:51:26 AM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Hi Chris,
They do have an attachable keyboard for the iPad. My co-worker got one from his wife for xmas :) I also read the ipad3 will have incredible resolution but I didn't see info about capacity or prices. I need a minimum of 80GB to be functional but even then, it wont be as powerful as a MacBook Pro so I continue to talk myself out of it. "When luxuries become necessities" - IPad isn't there yet IMO.
Irene,
I have also been doing a few articles & photo shoots for various festivals for an online Jamband magazine and I can see where the ipad would be sleek & easy to write the article and attach images BUT I still need to download 40GB of raw images that I shoot for an average festival weekend and I also carry a portable hard drive so that the images are on the ipad/Macbook Pro & an external. I learned this the hard way when I downloaded 1000+ images from the 2006 Northwest String Summit festival onto a HP/windows laptop so I could erase/re-use the cards and keep shooting. The next day, the laptop hard drive failed and even after paying some geek/guru to retrieve the images from the damaged drive, he was only able to retrieve about 4 or 5 photos.
Thats why you wont see a NWSS2006 photo gallery - my laptop ate them :)
Cheers,
Carlton


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1/6/2012 8:39:49 PM

 
Irene Troy
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  Hi Carlton – I am perhaps the single mose paranoid person on the planet when it comes to backing up my work. At home I have three external mirror drives and also use an online backup service. I backup important work to multiple locations. In the field I have two approaches: first I always have more memory cards that I need – somewhat ridiculous, I suppose – and should I capture what I hope will be the “best thing I’ve shot this trip” I immediately remove that card and switch it out with another blank card. I then copy the original card contents to my portable Wolverine card reader/secure storage device, at least twice. In the evening, I also backup onto my laptop before deleting and reusing the card. People tell me I’m insane for doing all of this, but after having lost an entire week’s worth of work due to a technical “malfunction”, I prefer being stupid safe to any other choice. I did learn that the Wolverine can be read by the i-Pad, so that will be one less worry, I suppose.

You and I are probably old enough to remember the days when we shot film and the only sure way to “back-up” was to take multiple shots of the same image and then pray the film made it back to the lab without being lost or stolen. I suppose this is one reason so many of us still have trust issues with digital.


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1/9/2012 1:54:09 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Yes Irene,
I dont think there is such a thing as being "over-cautious" with backups :)
I have the lost photo-shoots to prove it. One shoot a friend was looking at my camera and decided to format the (almost full) card in the camera. At least I was able to use a rescue program and retrieve most (not all) of those images. SO I dont hand my camera to others to "check it out" either. People will start pressing buttons and have no idea what they are doing.
And I still often take duplicate photos that I deem important which stems from my film days.
Cheers,
Carlton


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1/9/2012 4:04:40 PM

 
Pat Lawrence   I have an IPad (original) model hoping to use it on the road instead of having to take my laptop. The first disappointment was to learn that the iPad only supports jpg images. Since I shoot in raw, it was never going to work for that purpose.

I also found that I could not directly download jpg images to the iPad but needed a special drive called a hyperdrive to connect.

I love my iPad ......but not for photography!

I use it to quickly get emails and I do put jpg images on it once the raw images have been processed in LR and/or CS5 so I can share them with friends.


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1/10/2012 5:33:12 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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  Agreed---until it can process RAW files and run some kind of stronger photo editor as robust as say, Elements, it isn't a "laptop killer" yet, in my opinion ;)


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1/10/2012 5:52:34 AM

 
Barbara J. Beck
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I got my iPad2 in November and I love it. I have not used it to backup photos, but have used it for some fun photo shots. Apps are creative and fun to get flowing for a shoot.


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1/10/2012 7:41:19 AM

 
Barbara J. Beck
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  The Great Wall
The Great Wall
Taken with iPad2 using "You Gatta See This" app.


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Here is a shot I took as I got up to the Wall for the first time. The iPad helped to get the feel for the site.


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1/10/2012 7:49:31 AM

 
Henrik Herskind
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  @Laurel: No practical experience yet. But I read:
Nik Software have developed a much praised "Snapseed" app. ($4,99) due to its novel use of control points (called "Selective Adjust").

Che Smith says: "Snapseed is now solidly my go-to tool and covers over 99% of my shots. Add on the camera connector kit and the portability is incredible, as well. I've now used my iPad exclusively for travel blogging twice - once for a week long beach trip, and another for a three week long road trip." But he also says: "They say iPad 2 supports up to 16 mp. This hasn't been my experience. Snapseed is often saving at some randomly different resolution than my under-16mp original."

Other praised apps. are: "Top Camera", "Camera+", "Filterstorm Pro" (Photoshop like), "PhotoToaster" and "Photogene".

It is definately possible to import RAW/JPG photos from camera (with the Camera Connector Kit), but I ask myself if one should not lean against the inbuilt camera - with its limitations!?


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1/10/2012 10:18:11 AM

 
Anita Welden   Hi Laurel, I have the original iPad and use it constantly! The connector kit (card reader and adapter) is the easiest way to upload.

I use the iPad's photo app for basic organizing. It works quite well for reviewing and weeding out the obvious clunkers.

I have and use Snapseed, and I agree with the above post, it is the 'go-to' app for me.I have and use Filter storm, it is also excellent. Check out Henrik H.'s other suggestions, they look good.

If you ever want to go beyond the basic sorting and edit, checkout Stephanie C. Roberts' book "The Art of iPhoneography". Just about everything in it can be applied to the iPad.


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1/10/2012 11:35:03 AM

 
Anita Welden   RAW images will load as jpg, so be careful about dumping images that can be rescued in RAW processing.


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1/10/2012 11:39:43 AM

 
Maribeth Lundeen
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  I use my iPad when traveling for checking photos and uploading to sites like Facebook. Doesn't work to good for backing up. I use photoshop express for editing.


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1/10/2012 3:05:00 PM

 
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