Review in Professional Photographer Mag: SpyderGallery: Color Calibration Now a Reality for Your iPad

A new product from Datacolor, SpyderGallery, makes it dead easy to calibrate your iPad—versions 1 or 2—and the results are noticeably better: image quality, color accuracy, saturation, shadow detail, and detail in highly saturated areas are improved,

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New iPad app from Nik: Snapseed Image Editor

I had a chance to download Snapseed from the App store this morning. It’s an impressive, nicely-featured app for image editing etc. that fits right in the world of the iPad. It was launched by Nik Software a short time ago.

I like its intuitive interface, range of controls (including selective adjustments), and the incredible ease of exporting images to email, social networking sites, etc.

My carry-around iPad kit now consists of a Canon G10, photo connector, iPad with Snapseed! What a combo!

www.niksoftware.com

and….

go to the Mac App store via the icon on yor iPad (installation is dead simple) or go to the App store on Apple’s site, etc.

It’s 4.99, and a steal at that price. Go for it!

LAST: check out the WORKSHOPS tab above for upcoming sessions for photographers, coming up on June 29!

New Color Calibration for iPad

Hey Photographers! Own an iPad? There’s a new, unique app for the iPad that lets you calibrate color on your iPad using the Datacolor Spyder 3 – It’s pretty cool – and the app provides an image viewing gallery that lets you see your images “before” and “after” calibration. Visit the Apple App store and search “SpyderGallery”.

More info to follow!!

Opening Screen for SpyderGallery for the iPad

Wired Magazine’s Cool Video – New App For iPad

This is too cool to pass up! The iPad is the BOMB for publishing and images!

Apple iPad Arrives: Great Tool for Photographers

Went to the Apple Store in Northridge to pick up my new iPad. The first thing I noticed (aside from the number of people) was that Apple had created TWO lines: one marked “Reserved” and the other for all other purchasers. Interesting.

One of the people from the store walked down the line with a clipboard, checking in the “Reservistas”.  Another handed out bottles of water to everyone. Seemed like many extra employees were on hand.

The Reservistas got to go inside first, in groups of 5 or so. A number of tables were set up for demos, question and answer, etc. This was a great idea, and the workstations were packed.

Note that the other store displays for computers, iPods, and such were nearly deserted.

Purchasing was painless – except for my wallet, of course. I also purchased the VGA adaptor and the “book” cover. I had previously ordered a small carrying case from Amazon – it is actually a netbook case, but works just right.

The iPad hardware works flawlessly. It is fast, easy to use, and the screen is colorful and contrasty. My only significant complaint, as with all glossy screens, is that reflections are a nuisance. I really like the way the image flips regardless of orientation – and that this can be locked in place if needed. Great idea.

Movies play smoothly, and look great. I can’t think of a better personal movie viewer out there.

The speaker is small. Interestingly, the sound quality is better than I expected. Sure wish they included two!

Note that not all computer USB ports carry enough voltage to recharge the iPad – including my not so new Macbook Pro. So you’re restricted to a newer computer, or the wall charger.

The iPad book reader is, in brief, a category killer. Comfortable, quick, intuitive, and backlit! Very comfortable to hold with the book cover on. Not to be mean-spirited, but why would anyone consider a lesser device?

Apple says there’s thousands of books available, but I disagree. The selection of desirable downloadable books available is thin, thin, thin. A lot of so-so titles, with some good ones too. I’d really like to see this improve, and quickly. Having some of the classics available free is great fun; I’m reading the Jungle Book right now. Cool.

Syncing is done through iTunes. I’m hoping that one of the app developers comes up with a workaround for this, so the iPad can be used as an external drive as well. Working through iTunes could be better in many ways (are you listening, Steve & company??), particularly file format compatibility and ease of use. The usual suspects, folks.

Photographs are imported through iTunes. iTunes does process the image so it can be digested by the iPad. As far as I can tell, it leaves identifying metadata (such as IPTC) intact. This is a must-have for serious photographers; I just won’t send an image to a client without it. Also seems to leave the embedded color profile intact, too. Whew.

The photo app included with iPad will create slideshows from a stack, and include music too. Slide timing controls and music controls are rudimentary. I purchased the Keynote app, and I’m going to try this next.

Portfolio presentations were the number one reason I purchased an iPad. The first two I created look GORGEOUS. I love ’em. This is going to be a great tool for working with clients.

The Mail app is the best yet from Apple. Nuff’ said.

Here’s my big thing for today: save your money on third party Apps for a while. I’ve purchased a couple, and they are either buggy or are outright junk. I’m not touching them for a long time – already threw away ten bucks or so – no more. The Apple Apps seem fine (Keynote, for example), and Apps from major players like NPR are also fine.

All for now. Last tip: if you don’t need networking or 3G turn em off; they do suck down the charge on the battery. And run, don’t walk, and get an iPad. A great tool for photographers.

Check out new workshop for creating and printing your Black and White images.

Apple iPad Recap-First Look-Start Price $499

Just finished the press conference. Here’s some key points for your review:

Web Screen Shot Courtesy of Apple

Some key features of the iPad:

Apple is describing this as an experience as much as device
“It comes alive in your hands”.

User interface is clearly descended from iPhone and iTouch. Should be easy
transition for those familiar with them.

Screen is backlit OLED

Available in WiFi and 3G

Approx 9.5 inches x 7.5 inches, 0.5 deep, glossy touch screen, approx 1.5 lbs weight
Important: claimed viewing angle of 178 degrees.

Sizes: $499 16gb, 32gb $599, $64gb 799, add $130 for 3G models

Availability: wifi 60 days, 3g in 60 days

On screen keyboard, and attachable keyboard, built in microphone, speakers

Looks like excellent book reader – could put Kindle in the peanut machine?
Can view two pages at same time.

iPad Internal Keypad

iPad Folder




Runs very fast compared to iTouch/iPhone

Foldable case which looks cool.

Optional external keyboard also provides USB port

Looks like it runs one app at a time – to be verified

The stand can also be flipped around to prop the iPad up for viewing (cool!)

Battery life claimed is 10 hours in use

Runs a number of apps, iWork, iPhoto, email client, internet, many more apps.

Good mail attachment support (diff file formats)

Connects to projectors

Last but not least: What I don’t know is if there will be image editing apps beyone iPhoto available for this device that will help photographers. Also don’t know much about color quality of the screen – which looks great so far – for related work.

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