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iPad - The Professional Photographer's New Best Friend for Portfolio Displays

Updated on May 1, 2012

IPad, the Professional Photographer’s Display Tool?

Apple’s iPad is currently taking the world by storm, but is it a serious consideration for the professional photographer?   It seems everybody is after one.  Since it’s launch in 2010, the superb iPad is the latest must have gadget.  However, does this over sized iPhone have the power and display capabilities to stun your client’s?

21st Century Portfolio :

While Apple has yet again created a brand new market with its tablet computer or better known as the iPad, it has opened up a whole new world for the semi pro and professional photographer.  You can now go and meet your potential clients with this 21st century portfolio, which not only looks good, it is a really great way to display your work.   First impressions count and showing off your work on the iPad could give you the edge of over the competition.

Designed to Display :

One of the main advantages of the iPad has over the traditional portfolio is that you can adapt it to display different types of your work depending on the job your are after.  With a couple of taps on the iPad’s bright and sharp screen, you can quickly change from your wedding portfolio to your studio work.  While this could all be done on a laptop and taken to your pitch, its far easier to pass around an iPad to your potential clients than a slightly more awkward laptop.  The iPad has been designed to display, which it does extremely well.  It is also a lot lighter to carry, and a lot more compact than the average laptop.

 Simple to Use :

With a matter of minutes you can have a superb slideshow ready to go.  No fuss, no fiddling about.  The iPad is simplicity itself.  While raw editing of images on the likes of Photoshop is not supported on the iPad just yet, it is easy to transfer the complete images from your laptop or PC via optimisation in iTunes.  The bright 9.7-inch LED backlit display screen is glossy and perfect for showing off your work. The display is big enough to give a decent view of an image, and is clean, sharp with good tones and colours.  A quick tap on the screen allows you to zoom in for better clarity.  As for capacity, 6,000 images that have been optimised on iTunes takes up approximately half of the 16GB of the iPad storage, which is probably more than enough for most prolific photographers.

Get your images on display... iPad is the way forward for professionals   David Lloyd-Jones 2010
Get your images on display... iPad is the way forward for professionals David Lloyd-Jones 2010

Things are Going to Better : iPad 2 is coming

While the iPad is perfect for display your catalogue of photographs, due in early 2011 is the arrival next improved version of the iPad - iPad 2. While the final technical details have not yet been released by Apple, it is expected to be thinner and lighter, and possibly feature a glass back and front like the iPhone 4. In addition, like the iPhone, the new iPad is also expected to feature the stunning Retina display as well. The Retina display’s pixel density is so high, your are unable to distinguish individual pixels. Apple has raised the bar yet again, and has set the new standard for mobile phone and tablet displays. There are rumours of a mini 7 inch version of iPad 2, which will be easier to carry, but not quite as visually useful for the professional photographer looking for impact.

The iPad is a serious consideration for any professional photographer, but at the time of writing, it’s probably best to wait a couple of month or so to see what Apple’s iPad 2 has to offer.

iPad Basic Technical Specifications :

Size and weight :

Height: 242.8 mm (9.56 inches)

Width: 189.7 mm (7.47 inches)

Depth: 13.4 mm (0.5 inch)

Weight: 0.68 kg (1.5 pounds) Wi-Fi model : 0.73 kg (1.6 pounds) Wi-Fi + 3G model

Display :

9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology

1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)

Capacity :

16GB, 32GB or 64GB flash drive

Battery and Power :

Built-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery

Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music

Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using 3G data network

© David Lloyd-Jones 2010


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      Midnight Oil 5 years ago from Isle of Man UK

      Apple’s iPad is currently taking the world by storm, but is it a serious consideration for the professional photographer?