So here are some ways I’m thinking we photographers can use the iPad.
iPad Photography – Slideshow Productions
For both personal and professional photography, the iPad is stunning. Most of us have no doubt seen the commercials featuring the Photos app on the iPad, but what I didn’t realize until I bought it is that, unlike with the iPhone and iPod touch, you can add background music to the slideshows created on the iPad.
When you select a folder of images for your show, simply click the Slideshow button and then choose Music, where you can select a song from your music library.
As with the iPhone and iPod touch, you can also go into Settings and change the default settings for your slideshows. You can set how long you want each slide to play, the order photos are presented, and if you want the slideshow to repeat.
Another surprise for me is that you can start a slideshow without unlocking the iPad. Click the Picture Frame button at the button of the screen and a slide begins.
Open Settings, and you can select options for the type of transition you want to use for the slideshow (Dissolve or Origami), which sets of photos you want to display (All, Albums, or Events), and how you want photos presented (shuffled or non-shuffled). To take full advantage of these settings, you will need to have some preparation in your iPhoto application. I’ll go into more detail about that in an upcoming article.
With the great high quality screen resolution of the iPad, you can easily show photos to friends and clients. While there’s no background music when using the Picture Frame, the slides do repeat until you stop it.
Upload & Show
While the iPad doesn’t have a camera, you can purchase Apple”˜s Camera Connector or SD Card Reader to transfer images from your camera to the iPad. From there you can use one or more iPhone or iPad image editing applications to enhance your photos and prepare them for showing. The iPad will accept both RAW and JPEG images.
Customize Wallpaper & Lock Screen Image
The iPad comes with some really great wallpaper images, but shutterbugs and professional photographers will surely want to use their own images. There are a couple of ways to set your custom images. Open Settings, click on Brightness & Wallpaper, and then click Wallpaper. In the next screen, select an image in your library of saved photos. From there, you can select to add the image as your Wallpaper or Lock Screen image or for both.
You can also select a photo in the Photos app, click the top-right arrow button and then select Use as Wallpaper from the pop-up menu.
You’ll probably want to select an image that looks great in both vertical and horizontal view.
Scrapbook & Graphic Designers
You scrapbookers and graphic designers will no doubt want to design your own wallpaper and lock screen images. The pixel resolution size of the display is 1024×768, and a roughly 4:3 aspect ratio.
For more advanced slide show features, you’ll want to download Apple’s Keynote application, optimized for the iPad. After installing the program, you can import your existing Keynote presentations to the iPad and run them using the mobile version.
Photo & Video
I’m pretty sure that the next update of Apple’s iLife program will feature options for optimizing video productions specifically for the iPad, but there’s no reason why you can’t use iMovie and iDVD or similar programs to create a mix of moving and still image productions to display on the iPad.
Speaking of videos, the iPad, like the iPhone and iPod touch, is the best device for helping us photographers learn our craft. Use the iPad to store instructional videos, ebooks, and notes about photography techniques. Check out my MUO article 6 Digital Photography Websites With Free Tutorials, and a similar MUO article by Jim Henderson, 5 Websites to Learn a LOT More About Photography & DigiCams.
If you’re a photographer, let us know your plans for using the iPad.