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Posted June 5, 2013
I was amazed at the first edition of The iPad for Photographers: Master the Newest Tool in your Camera Bag, and I put in an advance order for the second edition. I have been looking for ways to continue to take photographs with my DSLR, using the digital workflow I have established for myself using Adobe Lightroom, but adding in an iPad instead of a laptop where possible, especially if I'm traveling. Jeff Carlson has written a clear, intelligent and thorough book which gives me exactly the kind of information I am looking for, but also examines many other photographic possibilities for the iPad, including using it to take photographs, editing on it, creating portfolios and many other possibilities. He recommends a number of apps which I had found on my own and found to be excellent. In the second edition, he has also added QR codes for easy access to all the apps which he suggests. The book is a delight and extremely useful.
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Posted August 20, 2013
This is a wonderful book that covers one of my favorite devices with one of my favorite activities: iPod and digital photography. Ever since I first started using iPod (the first generation) I was immediately struck with its potential as a tool for digital photographers. Its relatively large screen for a mobile device and a very responsive touch interface make it seem like a product that was created precisely with digital photography in mind. However, due to its many hardware restrictions using it for anything except basic editing of the pictures taken by the iPad itself can be rather tricky. In terms of both its hardware capabilities and the new apps iPad has come a long way since those early days. Nonetheless, it still poses a challenge in terms of a smooth and fully-capable companion for serious and semi-serious photographers.
“The iPad for Photographers” is a great book for anyone interested in getting the best up-to-date advice on how to use iPad for digital photography. It is very clearly and accessibly written, and it has plenty of detailed step-by-step examples aimed at beginners. The book also covers a lot of material that even the seasoned photographers and/or iPad users could find very useful. For instance, it alerted me to several tricks, apps and devices that I didn’t know existed. The book is also very elegantly designed, with very clear color illustrations and photographs. These are both pedagogical as well as artful, adding to this book’s overall value. The author also has a very up-to-date site where all the latest information on this topic can be found. This is already book’s second edition, and it’s fair to assume when in the near future, when Apple comes with an even more advanced version of iPad, we’ll be treated to the third edition. Hopefully there is also a very powerful version of Photshop in the works for the improved hardware (one that can handle 20 megapixel RAW images for instance) – that is when I’ll seriously consider ditching photo editing on a computer and embrace iPad as the go-to photo companion for good.
Great book that can be a very valuable resource for all photography/iPad enthusiasts.