Apple iPad – Should I or Shouldn’t I?

ND – Dark, Warm, Blue

Apple iPad, Image (c) Apple Inc.

I’ve been thinking about getting an Apple iPad. The more I delve into making things through photography, the more I find I need to show off my images to people, often at short notice.

I’ve used my iPhone 3Gs to access my Flickr page for this, but sometimes I have no cellphone reception at all, let alone 3G and so that’s not an option. I suppose I could copy my images directly onto the phone, but that’s now another extra job I have to do as I update. The main thing though is the iPhone is just a bit small for showing off images that I normally print / display at A2 size or larger.

The idea behind using an iPad as an instant-on viewer has been milling around the back of my head quite a bit recently. It doesn’t improve my Flickr access, in fact I may go for the WiFi only model so access will be reduced, but even though I’ll have the extra chore of loading it up with content, I wonder if the tool would be worthwhile.

It’s got a good screen, my images do look lovely on it when I’ve borrowed one, but it also oversells and modifies my images with its bright, vibrant and back-lit display. I don’t want someone to agree to buy an image on the basis of the iPad framed promise, and then be let down when they see it on paper, not glowing brightly in the dark.

The difference in colours is a larger problem though, and no amount of mucking about with calibration between an iPad, my iMac and the great print process of my friendly neighborhood printing service will alleviate this potentially miss-selling faux pas.

I’ve worked with computers since the early 1980’s computers and have been an avid gadget fan ever since. Certainly, the gadget explosion during the last decade has been fun 🙂 It has even opened up the world of photography to me in anger with the rise of the digital SLR camera. But sometimes, the old ways are better, and I’m thinking that the iPad is not (yet) a replacement for a traditional portfolio, made from felled trees and held together with glue.

I wonder if my resolve will hold.

Weapon of Choice

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 50mm F1.4G AF-S, Exposure 1/350 @ F1.4, ISO 100, If you're going to photograph something shiny, then do remember to wipe your mucky fingerprints off it first!

Have fun,

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About nakedigit

I have legs and a camera. I also occasionally use a passport. The camera with my brightest lenses can almost (almost) see in the dark. So the only thing stopping me from putting it all together regardless of where and when i am is, well, me really! However, when i don't completely muck it up the results may end up here on this blog and also my Flickr page. I now Twitter and a website is coming... ND August 2010
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4 Responses to Apple iPad – Should I or Shouldn’t I?

  1. Seems to me you are trying to talk yourself into buying one.


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