Do any Photographers use their ipad and what for?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by efan8224, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. efan8224 macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2010
    I am a photographer who specializes in mostly weddings and senior photography. I was curious if there are any photographers out there who use their ipad for this trade. What do you use it for and what are some apps that you would recommend?
  2. steviem macrumors 68020


    May 26, 2006
    New York, Baby!
    mattsepata had a thread where he has one specifically for showing work to clients.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Try searching Mroogle first. This has been discussed many times over, for example:
  4. markosb macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2010
    I use it to show images, the iPad is great for showing images. I do some basic editing using filterstorm. I have used Keynote to create small presentations and the wordpress app for updating the blog on my website.

    It may be a few years before its a great device to edit pictures on the road, possibly with a Lightroom alternative, but for now. Its great for showing images to anyone.
  5. nwcs macrumors 68000


    Sep 21, 2009
    I do some wedding photography and I have an iPad. Right now I haven't used the iPad for it but I plan to. Mostly with samples to show prospective clients. I don't intend to use it for any tethered shooting, processing, or the camera connector kit.
  6. RobBookPro macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2009
    Well it is the best digital photo album available.
  7. moomog macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2009
    A friend of mine uses it to show photos to the wedding party at the reception. Like an early taster of what they can expect.
  8. MattSepeta macrumors 65816


    Jul 9, 2009
    375th St. Y

    I got one for this exact purpose, and I have been pleased, overall.

    Macbook stopped working, battery died, lost the charger. I sold it for parts (No desire to splurge for a MBP, needed something for watching videos and client meetings) and used the money to help pay for the iPad.

    I initially downloaded this Photographers Contract Maker App but it was largely useless. I was bummed. Then I bought Docs2goHD and it has been AWESOME.

    I keep a blank contract on my Google Docs, and the Docs2Go can seamlessly pull all my documents from there, edit, save as, email digitally signed copies of contract to myself and both B/G. Works great.

    I also use AirShare to upload new photos and whatnot to it without having to plug it in all the time, which is great.

    I just saw a new "Portfolio" App I plan on getting to use instead of the pitiful "Photo" app that it comes with to show work to clients. Can't wait to install and customize!!!

    Overall, I am a happy camper.
  9. harry20larry macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
    i use it for showing portfolio and importing images at the event for showing people, it is far easier than printing them all out.
    What i am dying for is a photo management app like iPhoto for the iPad, at the moment every time you import any photos, it goes into a new event and there is no way to merge them.
    Desperately want iLife for iPad
  10. elmo151 Guest

    Jul 3, 2007
  11. johnniewalker macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2006
    Blackpool, England
  12. sapporobaby macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2007
    3 earth minutes from your location....
    Just came back from 3 days of shooting. Only the D3S and my iPad. Perfect companion. People will complain that the iPad does not do this or that but it does what it was ADVERTISED to do.
  13. Goldfinger macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2006
    I use it for several things:

    Obviously email and calender on the road (I got a 3G so it's always connected). The iPhone isn't always the handiest when typing long replies or going through lots of mail. The iPad mail app is great.

    Secondly as an extra to my paper portfolio. Clients always prefer printed portfolios but I can pull out my iPad to show them some other work that didn't make it into the portfolio selection, or new work that hasn't been printed yet.

    Thirdly: I use it for location scouting and conceptualisation. I'm more into advertising and conceptual photography so I need a tool that allows me to gather all kinds of images, soundbits, pieces of text while I develop a new concept.
    I use WhiteNote for that. I can throw images and text and even voice notes on to the notes and shuffle them around. Another interesting app for that is Moodboard Pro, in the end I didn't get it because it doesn't offer an infinite board. It only gives you a rather small page. I also use WhiteNote to draw out lighting setups. It's a great app but it doesn't really look "iOS native" which I don't like but it does what it needs to do.

    I use my iPhone 4 (very handy with the built in geotagging) to take pictures from locations and I immediately send them over to the iPad with Bleutooth.

    Another thing I use the iPad for is backup in the field. I don't erase my CF cards in the field, but I do back them up on the iPad (do get the 64GB model if you want it to be usefull for that task). I can also immediately review the images on the iPad's large screen. Which is great. Clients can also immediately see the files that come out of the camera. Some like that. Even though it tells them nothing about the final result.
  14. BMP84 macrumors regular


    Nov 1, 2008
    Chattanooga, TN
    I do.

    I use it to dump photos, rough edit, make presentations, make PDF advertisements, email samples, respond to customers, and even check customers out using Square.

    I thought at first that the iPad would add a step to my workflow that might just cause more trouble, but it did the opposite, it has really streamlined my workflow. really impressed with how it fits into my regular days, and my business days. :)

    Still haven't found a great way of keeping the iPad, and a small DSLR, and a few lenses handy. The search continues....
  15. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    My main problem with iPad is that I typically shoot RAW images, which can be previewed and stored with the camera connection kit but you can't do much else with them.

    ShutterSnitch looks pretty cool but I don't have an EyeFi card.
  16. b.c. macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2008
    I use my iPad when traveling as temporary backup storage for my photos, using the Camera Connection Kit. also for quick reviewing of the day's shots, and to perhaps quickly email out an interesting shot or two.
  17. b.c. macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2008
    @BMP84 - are you looking for a camera bag that can fit an iPad as well?

    fyi I have a LowePro Classified Sling 180AW - it has a pouch intended for a 7-9" netbook but it fits the iPad very nicely, my iPad is in the Apple case. I used it recently during a 2week trip with 40D and a few lenses + misc accessories. it also serves as my carry-on for the flight, with misc other personal items. honestly speaking I wish it were a little less bulky (my previous preferred bag is a Slingshot 200AW which won't fit the iPad), but it did the job nicely.

    if you have less to carry or a more compact DSLR, and your iPad is not in a case, the LowePro Classified 160 looks like a nice choice. too small for my gear and iPad-with-case so I went with the Classified Sling 180.
  18. verduzco macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2010

    It comes out in a couple of weeks but it looks like something you can get a lot of use of. Looks nice too
  19. FamiliaPhoto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I use the iPad for a few things.

    - Contracts via QuickOffice, but will be moving to pages now that it integrates with MobileMe.
    - Releases using Easy Release. Love this app and it immediately emails PDF copies once signed.
    - Showing my portfolio. I use the native viewer for now but am always looking for a good portfolio app like Portfolio or FlexFolios. I'm not sold on any of them yet and are pricey for IOS apps.

    It has been great for all of the above and i look forward to using it more. I'm not interested in editing as I shoot in RAW and clients are often disappointed in unedited RAW images. I'm hoping DSLRemote becomes native to the iPad as I use it now on my iPhone and love it for remote control of my camera.
  20. Nick5Dii macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2010
    Photographers Contract Maker for Photoshoots, Model Releases, Wedding Contracts, even business receipts. Completely customizable, complete with branding headers, & custom images. It's absolutely amazing.
  21. BMP84 macrumors regular


    Nov 1, 2008
    Chattanooga, TN
    Thanks guys for the suggestions, I'm still " on the choices, I'm sure I'll make up my mind eventually. ;)

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