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01/15/2018 08:41:09 PM · #1
I'm thinking about getting an iPad (I know I'm very late to this game). I can use it for both my business' (Hair & Photography).

My "first" question is....

How do you use your iPad for your photography?

Do you edit on it?

What programs/apps do you have/use?

Do you use it for live view?

How much memory do you have?

And what size did you get?

Do you love it or wish it was bigger/smaller?

01/15/2018 08:47:13 PM · #2
I love my ipad. I'm on my third one. I have never thought it was fast nor responsive enough to do much with graphics. It's a nice larger phone and not too bad of a web browser. But as far as a usable end point to actually process data.. not for me. but my experience may not be indicative for all. something to read, like a paperback... Not a tool for editing or much serious work. Then my boss has an 11 inch one and he uses it like it's a PC. your mileage may vary. Maybe it's because I don't have all my fingers but I can type but not text very well...
01/15/2018 09:44:17 PM · #3
If there is an Apple store nearby you can go play with one and see ...

Many public libraries now have iPads available to check out and use with their WiFi if you want to experiment without sales pressure.
01/15/2018 10:08:56 PM · #4
Have you considered Microsoft Surface Pro?

I run full PS and LR with decent results. I have a Pro 3 which is 3 years old. There are lots of pro and cons vs an iPad. I opted for Surface.
01/16/2018 09:51:22 AM · #5
I use my iPad for games and storing photos to share with family when we all get together since I don't post everything on my Facebook.
01/16/2018 10:48:17 AM · #6
As you're seeing, there are lots more options than it appears. I'll throw one more log on the fire... Like Tiberius I do like the Surface Pro hardware (I don't own one though; read on for why). Like the iPad, it is expensive hardware, you really pay for that thin tablet form factor. And then there's the absence of a "real" keyboard, and limited I/O.
My solution to this dilemma was to buy a convertible laptop (Lenovo Yoga). If you compare pricing, the higher end Yogas blow the tablets out of the water for performance value for the dollar. They are not as slim, but otherwise all of the tablet functionality is there, with the added benefit of being a true laptop, with more processing power (including discrete graphics card) great battery performance, a real keyboard, better I/O capability, more storage, you name it.
01/16/2018 12:23:01 PM · #7
I recently inherited my daughter's ipad mini and I haven't yet used it much - but I intend on trying to sync some of my Adobe CC LR galleries just to see how that works.
01/16/2018 01:21:41 PM · #8
I have a iPad Mini 2 (or 3, not sure). I use it basically for browsing internet, emails and some games. I don't do any photographic stuff with it, only voting for DPC now and then. I do like the mini, not that big and heavy and the screen is beautiful (as most screens are of Apple devices).
01/16/2018 10:23:49 PM · #9
One of the key reasons for getting the iPad/tablet is that I use Square for payments (remember Iím a hair dress by day...) it would be nice to have a screen bigger than my iPhone.

I cook a lot and where my computer is in my kitchen itís just not convenient to pull up my recipes...I have to walk back n forth n around to get to it...

I play some games, watch movies & read books on Kindle all currently on my phone...

I wasnít sure if anyone used their iPads/tablets to do anything with your photos/photography. Because if I get one I donít want to under buy the memory...Iím not the kind of purchaser that will be buying one every year to have the newest version...soooo Iím hoping to get something that will last for awhile.

Thank you for your insights
01/16/2018 10:48:38 PM · #10
For the reasons you listed the iPad should be great. Larger memory is always better. You might end up storing photos, videos (4k's are large!).

I do editing on mobile phone on Snapseed! I guess is better on an iPad.

Cheers,

T
01/16/2018 10:54:54 PM · #11
Originally posted by Tiberius:

For the reasons you listed the iPad should be great. Larger memory is always better. You might end up storing photos, videos (4k's are large!).

I do editing on mobile phone on Snapseed! I guess is better on an iPad.

Cheers,

T


Thatís what I had thought. I just didnít know if Iíd need more memory for editing software...Thank you!
01/17/2018 08:14:54 AM · #12
I use my IPad for editing a photo when traveling. There are several photo editing apps available however ďSnapseedĒ seems to work best for me. None of them are PhotoshopĒ or ďElementsĒ quality. I, too, use mine for recipes while cooking and the large screen comes in handy. As others have said, the more memory the better.
01/17/2018 02:47:37 PM · #13
Originally posted by Ja-9:

Originally posted by Tiberius:

For the reasons you listed the iPad should be great. Larger memory is always better. You might end up storing photos, videos (4k's are large!).

I do editing on mobile phone on Snapseed! I guess is better on an iPad.

Cheers,

T


Thatís what I had thought. I just didnít know if Iíd need more memory for editing software...Thank you!


Second the thought that all the uses you listed really cry out for a tablet. Still an open question as to whether the Apple iPad or an Android-based tablet would best meet those needs. Given your need to use Square for your business, I think compatibility with their hardware/software will be a big part of your decision.
With regard to storage and working memory, buy all you can. OS and application requirements are only going to go up, so buying a device with more space/memory will lengthen the useful life of the device.
01/17/2018 02:54:56 PM · #14
Some real estate agents use iPads to photograph their listings, edit the photos, and upload them to the MLS.
01/18/2018 03:55:01 AM · #15
Dont make the mistake that I made and get the iPad mini... Apple did not update the port speed on this size and it takes 'forever' to transfer RAW files from SD card...
01/18/2018 12:51:20 PM · #16
Originally posted by Pixelstate:

Dont make the mistake that I made and get the iPad mini... Apple did not update the port speed on this size and it takes 'forever' to transfer RAW files from SD card...


Iím looking at the iPad Pro. 10.?Ē Screen...I assume it will have the right transfer speed(s)???

ETA: so you put your Raeís on there...what editing softwar? I have Lr @ PsCC on my phone...

Message edited by author 2018-01-18 12:54:28.
01/18/2018 05:44:19 PM · #17
iPad Pro 10 should be very good. Snapseed can process RAW.
01/20/2018 03:18:04 PM · #18
A bit like asking ď what camera should I buy ? ď You are going to get a variety of answers. But assuming the iPad is the format you wish to go with ( and assuming cost is not a worry) - I would suggest the 10 inch pro. Great screen, fast and storage options are 256 or 512 G - therefore nearly the same as laptop storage. Small enough to use for work ( I would image you could write it off tax wise as well). Lightroom Mobile is very useable on the IPad now. Even down to brush adjustments. So if you already have a subscription - very worthwhile. Photoshop have a couple of apps as well - I donít think they are as good as Lightroom but still usable. Pixalmator is another. Quite a good editoring app.
If you go with the pro -you can also use the Apple Pencil and keyboard if you wish.
The 12 inch is even better for editoring ( bigger screen naturally) but I think would be too large for the work aspect you want.
01/20/2018 06:13:12 PM · #19
Originally posted by Tajhad:

A bit like asking ď what camera should I buy ? ď You are going to get a variety of answers. But assuming the iPad is the format you wish to go with ( and assuming cost is not a worry) - I would suggest the 10 inch pro. Great screen, fast and storage options are 256 or 512 G - therefore nearly the same as laptop storage. Small enough to use for work ( I would image you could write it off tax wise as well). Lightroom Mobile is very useable on the IPad now. Even down to brush adjustments. So if you already have a subscription - very worthwhile. Photoshop have a couple of apps as well - I donít think they are as good as Lightroom but still usable. Pixalmator is another. Quite a good editoring app.
If you go with the pro -you can also use the Apple Pencil and keyboard if you wish.
The 12 inch is even better for editoring ( bigger screen naturally) but I think would be too large for the work aspect you want.


totally agree with all that you say...the biggest question for me was if/how anyone edited on it. And you answered that.

One last question I still have is if anyone "tethers" their camera to their iPads out in the field...to preview what they'be shot. I don't know if this is something that can be done or not.
01/20/2018 11:47:51 PM · #20
I have an iPad Air 64, and have used it for tethering to my Canon 80D. For example, for family shots. I can hold the iPad, compose the shot, and release the shutter, and see immediately whether folks had their eyes open, etc. Obviously, I don't know if Nikon has a similar app, but I'd guess they do. My biggest frustration was trying to figure out how to connect the camera and the iPad. The other negative is that with Canon at least, is that having WiFi on does a rapid drain on the battery. Like maybe 1/10 of the shots you can get with it off.
Never tried editing on the iPad. Age and eyesight are factors there.
I bought my iPad from the Apple website as a refurb unit - just like new, saved about $100 on it while it was a newly released model, and Apple does a full warranty on their refurbs - same as new units.
I think the Air is a bit more powerful than the Pro, but the Pro has a bigger screen - but you'd want to check that out as I'm not sure.

I also have a Lenovo Yoga 720 - with the 13" screen - again, too small for my eyesight to use for editing. I find the iPad much easier to use than the Yoga, but the Yoga does have the familiarity and Windows compatibility that is nice.

Good luck with your decision!
01/21/2018 01:42:28 AM · #21
I have an iPad mini 4 which I use mostly as an e-reader with the Kindle app. However, I have the Snapseed app and use it a lot for editing photos I take with my iPhone 7+. My iPhone and my iPad mini are synced and I don't have any problem going back and forth between them. Most of the pictures from the last couple of years on my blog are taken on the iPhone and processed on the iPad mini.
01/21/2018 02:57:34 AM · #22
I had an iPad second generation and I did use it with my Canon 6D as a remote control (wifi connection). It worked with no issues. I often use my Canon with my mobile phone or tablet (both Samsung) and it works very well. I don't see any reason why a new iPad would not be great. As 21.gif dtremain said you should check your Nikon.

I had a quick view on DPReview and seems that your model does not have WiFi...

01/21/2018 05:32:28 PM · #23
Originally posted by Tiberius:

I had an iPad second generation and I did use it with my Canon 6D as a remote control (wifi connection). It worked with no issues. I often use my Canon with my mobile phone or tablet (both Samsung) and it works very well. I don't see any reason why a new iPad would not be great. As 21.gif dtremain said you should check your Nikon.

I had a quick view on DPReview and seems that your model does not have WiFi...


You are correct...I would have to tether.
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