The iPad is now totally integrated into my daily workflow. I’ve talked about ShutterSnitch in my two previous posts – it totally rocks – and I’ve been promising to write about the future of the print on these devices one of these days… And I will, but before that, a quick post on two workflow solutions I thought might be of interest to photographers. Two tips to make life a bit easier.
First: calibrating your lenses. Sure, you can do it with a laptop just as well. But think about the simplistic set up here: Flip on your router and your iPad, start the ShutterSnitch. Stick an Eye-Fi -card into your camera. Position a calibration target on the table. Shoot an image. Pinch and zoom immediately on the iPad; adjust calibration on your micro-adjustments – and you are done! The whole setting up, doing the calibration (and cleaning the mess from the kitchen table after you ;-)): two minutes? No cables, no configs, no hassle.
Sure, you can do that with a laptop, but all the configuring of networks, or attaching a card reader; adjusting, shooting an image, the card again into the reader, adjusting, shooting again, putting the card… When you can do it The Really Simple Way – you can call it the calibration set up for dummies, if you like.
Second: using the iPad as a secondary display. Using an app called Air Display you can set your iPad as a secondary display over the net. 7€ or something – and the set up is dead simple. Great if you are working with images on the road and want to keep your palettes separate from the image; or even more, if you are working with multiple things such as web design and want to see e.g. all your images and assets at the same time. Or you are making a presentation, and need your presenter notes in front of you when pacing around – and your computer is up on the podium driving the projector. Or teaching in general…
A word of warning though: as the display is refreshed over the net, you cannot use it with e.g. anything needing major amount of graphic content refreshed constantly – such as video. I tried Final Cut Pro (having scopes and audio mixing on the iPad) but no way… But that apart: simple and solid solution, should you need one.