iPad for Photographers: An Essential Tool

Tools of the Photography Trade

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Over the last two decades so much has changed in the world of photography. Twenty years ago I can still remember my mom lining my sister and I up in front of a muscle car at Kings Island. We stood in the blazing hot sun, shifting on the balls of our feet, anxious to ride the rides and move instead of standing there impatiently because the camera had run out of film. My mother finally retrieved a tiny canister of film from her oversized bag and wound it back into place — finally, we could stop pretending to smile when all we wanted to do was be anywhere but where we were.

Fast forward 10 years and we’re boarding a plane bound for Europe and the camera is back out. However, the camera is not the black Fuji Film camera, instead it’s been replaced by a small silver Nikon Coolpix camera we bought specifically for this trip abroad — our first as a family. In between the Fuji Film camera and the Nikon Coolpix cameras had evolved from film to digital; shifting from film to floppy disk to memory cards — these were the times where a two gigabyte memory card cost upwards of forty dollars.

Fast forward another ten years and the Nikon Coolpix is collecting dust on a shelf in our hall closet, having not seen the light of day in probably three years; gone are the little girls posing in front of a muscle cars, replaced by a married woman and a graduate student. The camera has been replaced too by a series of iPhones and iPads being passed to a family friend to take our family holiday pictures in front of the tree at my aunt’s house.

The days of glossy paper photos are a distant memory; emails of pictures have faded in popularity, giving way to the likes of photo sharing sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Photobucket. This is just a story of one family’s photographic evolution and doesn’t hold a candle to how the professional world of photography has changed and on the forefront of this change is another “i” product – the iPad.

The iPad has revolutionized the photography industry in remarkable ways and definitely should be a tool in any photographer’s tool kit. To help you get the most out of this tool we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you maximize the benefit you’ll receive from incorporating an iPad into your photography business.

iPad Workflow

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Manage Your Work Flow Remotely

Shooting on location can be a hassle, especially if you’re shooting weddings. Wrangling the bride and groom, the bridal party, and all those family members it can be hard to remember the exact shot list the bridal couple has requested for their special day. Don’t miss a beat by creating a checklist on your iPad with iWork and you’ll be able to stay on top of it all day long.

Edit On The Go

Stuck on a plane or a train without your beloved computer, never fear your iPad is here! iPads make an excellent tool for photo reviewing and editing on the go because of their larger screen. Simply hook up your memory card through a specially designed memory card reader and you’re off. What’s better is Adobe has Photoshop Express designed with iPad in mind to enable you to edit your photos on the go. Don’t have Photoshop Express? Don’t worry there are a host of free or low cost photo editing apps available for iPad such as Snapseed, Instagram, Rookie Editor, Masque, Photopad, 100 cameras in 1, and Photogene. Don’t be afraid to play around with filters, cropping, and other digital enhancements!

Remote Shooting

Sync your iPad, with your iPhone or iPod Touch with “Camera for iPad” and shoot pictures remotely. Using the iPhone or iPod Touch as your camera and your iPad as your shutter trigger and viewfinder. This way you can capture those awesome candid photos both inside and outside while being away from the camera.

iPad for PhotographersFor more great ways on how to use an iPad in your photography business, check out iPad for Photographers, available now at MyDesignShop.com!

Have your own tips for how you use your iPad in photography? We’d love to hear from you, leave your tips in the comments below!