Photographers carry gear. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a pro with
multiple camera bodies and lenses or a casual shooter with an ever-present
point-and-shoot camera—there’s always stuff to pack along. And if you’re
traveling or away from your office or studio, part of that gear typically
includes a laptop for reviewing and backing up the photos you take. Too
often I’ve heard friends who are about to go on vacation moan that they
needed to bring a bulky computer just to handle their digital photos.
The iPad is changing all that.
Measuring less than half an inch thick and weighing about 1.3 pounds,
the iPad is a fantastic device to take in the field. With the addition of the
inexpensive iPad Camera Connection Kit, you can import photos directly
from a camera or memory card and view them on the iPad’s large color
screen, revealing details that the relatively puny LCD on the back of your
camera may obscure. More important, a rich array of photography apps
and related products is adding to the list of things the iPad can do with
those photos: rate and add keywords, perform color adjustments, retouch
blemishes, and share the results online.
Oh, and don’t forget all of the iPad’s other capabilities: browsing the Web,
accessing your email, reading ebooks, playing movies and music, and, as
they say, so much more.