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ipadphoto.jpgThose of us who purchased an iPad or who have read reviews know that it does not include a camera, but for professional photographers and serious shutterbugs it’s what the iPad can do for your photography that counts. Even before I purchased the iPad, I knew the device would automatically replace my laptop as my photo portfolio.

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.

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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.

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Picture Frame

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Keynote Presentations

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.

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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.

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Instructional Videos

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 6 Digital Photography Websites With Free Tutorials 6 Digital Photography Websites With Free Tutorials Read More , and a similar MUO article by Jim Henderson, 5 Websites to Learn a LOT More About Photography & DigiCams 5 Websites to Learn a LOT More About Photography & DigiCams 5 Websites to Learn a LOT More About Photography & DigiCams Read More .

If you’re a photographer, let us know your plans for using the iPad.

  1. Rod
    May 28, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    In case no one has noticed ( I didn't read all comments ) Apple has adaptors for USB and SD Cards. Recently, I used my new iPad on a cruise. I took hundreds of hi-res photos during the day, before dinner, I upload a sampling to my iPad with the SD Card reader ( which is automatically recognized by the way ). At dinner, I passed it around and everyone in our group was able to re-live some of the day's moments. At the end of the cruise, I now had several hundred hi-quality photos to show family and workmates. It is, in fact, a photographer's dream. Thanks Bakari.

  2. Jon Zenor
    May 14, 2010 at 1:48 am

    I just bought an iPad and the iPad camera connector kit. This way when I am out in the gild taking photos I can easily import them to see them on the larger screen. It does downgrade the picture slightly to make the filesize smaller but you can still see the details of the photo to know what to change on your camera to improve the photo.

    Also once a photo is on the iPad I can quickly and easily upload it to my blog or email it to Flickr to share with my friends and family. I think it is a great device for a photographer. Now to just get a camera bag that I can fit the iPad in.

  3. Jon Zenor
    May 13, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I just bought an iPad and the iPad camera connector kit. This way when I am out in the gild taking photos I can easily import them to see them on the larger screen. It does downgrade the picture slightly to make the filesize smaller but you can still see the details of the photo to know what to change on your camera to improve the photo.

    Also once a photo is on the iPad I can quickly and easily upload it to my blog or email it to Flickr to share with my friends and family. I think it is a great device for a photographer. Now to just get a camera bag that I can fit the iPad in.

  4. timmyjohnboy
    April 26, 2010 at 6:19 am

    As far as that being a business model, I find it too obvious and a bit frustrating. That alone is a deal breaker for me to go out and nab anything shiny, new and Apple:)

    I'll give you that the iPad does make a cool sleek photo portfolio and with the price of digital photo frames it's nice it can fill that void too.

  5. Jeemy
    April 22, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Nice read, Thanks for contributing!
    yeah, the iapd is "The Best Device For Photographers"
    and it also seen as Great Portable Video Game Device, read this article: http://www.ifunia.com/ipad-col...

  6. Anonymous
    April 22, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Nice read, Thanks for contributing!
    yeah, the iapd is "The Best Device For Photographers"
    and it also seen as Great Portable Video Game Device, read this article: http://www.ifunia.com/ipad-column/apple-ipad-seen-as-next-great-portable-video-game-device.html

  7. floyddean
    April 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    We just launched our mobile site optimized for the Ipad. Please check it out.

    http://deandigitalmobile.com/

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  9. Joe
    April 15, 2010 at 12:02 am

    "Another surprise for me is that you can start a slideshow without unlocking the iPad."

    Another surprise is how crippled it is.

    Have you noticed YOU CAN'T ADJUST THE DURATION OF EACH PHOTO. So you better like it the same (fast, approx 3 seconds I think) speed Apple does.

    The regular photo slideshow is very limited as well. You have a HUGE choice of 2, 3, 5, 10 and 20 seconds. And you can either play every photo on the device or one folder. You can't pick out a few folders. Really poor implementation.

  10. Maurice
    April 8, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    thats pretty cool.. I wonder if the Kindle is going to start competing with the iPad.

    http://socialhype.com/tech-tal...

  11. Maurice
    April 8, 2010 at 10:46 am

    thats pretty cool.. I wonder if the Kindle is going to start competing with the iPad.

    http://socialhype.com/tech-talk/technology-overload-kindle-vs-ipad.html

  12. iPad lover
    April 8, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Thanks Bakari for your recommendation for the slideshow portfolio software - did you mean animoto.com ?

  13. Robert M
    April 8, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Well written article but I'm still unconvinced the iPad is a good option/replacement for anything. Would it really have killed Apple or the iPad's aesthetics to include a USB port or a SD card slot?

    If we're talking from a photography standpoint, why not just buy a large digital picture frame or something like an Archos media player? Of course choosing any of these options would mean you wouldn't be able to use any apps.

    Bakari, I would like to know why you didn't wait until HP or Google to release their offerings since it can be assumed that you'd get a better bang for your buck?

    FYI I haven't played with the iPad yet but I plan on doing so soon so there's still time for me to change my mind. :)

    • Bakari
      April 8, 2010 at 9:57 am

      Robert, it’s mainly because I‘m a Mac/Apple guy through and through. That’s just me. I don’t get into debates about which product is better, I just stick with what works for me. If I did more photography than I do freelance writing and other projects, I might choose another solution. But for right now, the iPad option is sufficient enough for my purposes. I certainly think in many ways that a dedicated MacBook Pro does a hell of a lot more, but the price tag is too high for me. Plus, I’m seriously enjoying my iPad despite the limitations. I almost like it better than my iPhone.

  14. matidio
    April 8, 2010 at 12:19 am

    At least anyone will see that you are *not* a professional photographer. And for any serious one the last thing in which he or she is interested is how to set a wallpaper, to create a slideshow, or to elaborate their photos with iLife. These are the last steps, really the last steps, in the post production. (iLife anyway is out of any consideration for a photographer)

    Is this another article to join the iPad wave? It's a nice product but it is absolutely unnecessary to write any b***sh*t only to have the word iPad in the feed.

    I'm sorry but ultimately more and more I find these ones which are really not worth the time my browser spend on your Google Ads.
    If the quality of your articles continue this way there will be only one solution: unsubscribe

    • Bakari
      April 8, 2010 at 10:06 am

      Matido, you have to understand that this article wasn’t written specifically for you or solely for professional photographers. It was written for anyone who bought or is considering buying an iPad and would like ways to display their photographs on the device. You, my man, are taking all this way too seriously. Chill out. Take a deep breath. All the information you get on MUO is totally free. You don’t have to pay a single penny for it. I’m not selling you anything. If I‘m on the iPad wave, its because I really like and am enjoying the product. I’m not trying to sell the product, I’m just sharing how I and others might consider using it. So again, chill out and enjoy all the free information you get this site. If you choose not to click the Google ads, okay, no problem. Enjoy the free information anyway.

    • desi
      April 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm

      Totally agree with your comment matidio... Apple rocks, we all know that But "Ipad: the best device for photographers....give me a break. No USB, No CF slot, No SD slot, no this no that....lol

      • Bakari
        April 8, 2010 at 8:43 pm

        desi, don't take muo too literally. We writers and editors have a penchant for writing exaggerated titles. Nevertheless, I think apple is really on to something with this device and the direction of the operating system.

  15. Bakari
    April 8, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Thanks, iPadlover. And Ralph, I totally agree. Apple’s business model is to leave out features in the first gen hardware and then add in more features to make money in the second gen.

    As for slideshow portfolio, have you thought about Aminoto.com. It will run on the iPad.

  16. Bakari
    April 7, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks, iPadlover. And Ralph, I totally agree. Apple’s business model is to leave out features in the first gen hardware and then add in more features to make money in the second gen.

    As for slideshow portfolio, have you thought about Aminoto.com. It will run on the iPad.

    • iPad lover
      April 8, 2010 at 9:16 am

      Thanks Bakari for your recommendation for the slideshow portfolio software - did you mean animoto.com ?

      • Blove
        June 16, 2010 at 5:34 am

        Try SortShots for portfolio viewing and custom slideshows.

    • timmyjohnboy
      April 26, 2010 at 4:19 am

      As far as that being a business model, I find it too obvious and a bit frustrating. That alone is a deal breaker for me to go out and nab anything shiny, new and Apple:)

      I'll give you that the iPad does make a cool sleek photo portfolio and with the price of digital photo frames it's nice it can fill that void too.

  17. Ralph Lemarechal
    April 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    No support for cf cards which most pro are using and no support for flash means I can't bring my online portfolio to the Ipad are two deal breakers for me :-(

  18. Bakari
    April 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Andre, I don't think it's a laptop replacement. However, my PowerBook needs repairs, so for me the iPad is a replacement. (I get all my photography work done my Mac Pro.) But for the most part I see ithe iPad as a nice, portable digital portfolio for photographers. I would not use it to upload thousands of original photos to. If you have a useful laptop, I see no reason to get an iPad unless you want something more portable than a laptop, or something more like a netbook, which I find too small to work with.

  19. Andre
    April 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Hi Interesting article, but getting an Ipad as an photographer seems a novelty at best there are no USB ports, so i cant pull down pictures this makes it useless for field work so it couldn't replace my laptop. Although there cool features on it once you got your pictures on it the question is, do want to pay this amount of money for something which is basically use as a $500 digital picture farm.

  20. Bakari
    April 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks, Trudy.

    Desi, your comment is the worst comment I‘ve read on the MUO ever. You sound like a 3rd grader.

    • Desi
      April 9, 2010 at 7:55 pm

      because you wrote like a 1st grader

      • Sunsync
        April 10, 2010 at 2:38 pm

        Desi,
        Because you are a 1st grader, and by replying you'll more than validate my comment.

  21. desi
    April 7, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Most useless article on MUO so far...

  22. Trudy
    April 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Great article. I don't have an iPad yet but if I get one in the future, I look forward to being able to use it this way as a photographer.

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