Tablets for Photographers: The Apple iPad

Finally we have come to the last tablet, and possibly the be all end all to this tablet war, the Apple iPad. The Apple iPad was deemed the savior to many media industries and was looked forward to by photographers as a way to edit, and view your photos on the go. So is it really just a better way of presenting your portfolio?

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Deal Alert: Grab the 10.2-inch Apple iPad for $249 (32GB), $329 (128GB)

The iPads make a great companions for photographers who like to do some photo editing while on the go, and for many more reasons.

Long gone are the days of Apple iPads being outrageously priced and out of reach for many. Now you can get well spec’d, very capable tablets that can help you as a photographer in many ways on the cheap. Right now, you can score a 10.2 inch iPad with 32GB of storage for just $249.99, and for only $329.99 you can bump the storage up to 128GB. I use my iPad all the time for photo editing and as a Wacom style tablet with the Apple Pencil when linked to my iMac via SideCar. At these prices, these tablets are no-brainers. Find out more after the break.

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Is it Real? How the $500 Apple iPad Air Could Be a Photographer’s Dream

According to reports, the Apple iPad Air might be a powerful, yet cheaper option for creators over the iPad Pro.

For as long as I can remember, Apple has been touting the power and capabilities of their iPad and have often said that their tablets are bonafide PC replacements. Still, to date, that hasn’t materialized. Apple has come close with their line of iPad Pro’s, but they are just too costly to only be ‘almost’ good enough. There are now new reports that suggest a new Apple iPad Air might be in the works, and that it could be a very powerful, yet still affordable option for photographers, and creators who work while on the go. If there is indeed a new Apple iPad Air, it’s going to need a serious bump in specs to be taken seriously by creators. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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Review: Wacom Intuos Pro Creative Pen Tablet – Small

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The Wacom Intuos Pro Small is a powerful tool perfect for creators and photo editors with limited space. 

Wacom has been synonymous with producing tablets for media creators for a long time now, and there is no doubt that their tablets can make editing photographs much easier in post-production. The company introduced their new Pro line of tablets in 2017, but only recently released the new Wacom Intuos Pro Small model. This tablet offers the main features found in the larger models but in a fun-sized, lower-priced package. After the break, we will share our experience with the tablet and let you know if this small package can deliver significant results. Continue reading…

These Are the Best Apple Computers for Photographers Right Now

Photographers complaining about how awful Apple’s products are probably haven’t thought about these Apple computers for photographers.

A lot of photographers aren’t ready to let go of Apple. Though the company has been maintaining an abusive relationship with professionals for many years, their computers and their systems simply work. There isn’t a whole lot to complain about; things don’t go wrong often. The same can be said for PCs, but they’ll need more work to get there. So, for the photographer looking at a new Apple computer of some sort, we dissected the options currently out there and here’s what we think the best Apple computers for photographers are.

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What Tablets Need in Order to Replace Laptops For Photographers

We’re the closest we’ve been yet to having tablets that can be considered true laptop replacements, but there’s still a little way to go.

For the last few years, Apple, Google, and Samsung have thrown around the term laptop replacements when it comes to their tablet offerings. But to date, that has not been delivered. There have been some recent offerings that come close though, with the iPad Pro series, the Google Pixel Slate, and the Galaxy Tab S line all trying to make this dream a reality. This week Apple announced the new iPadOS at their World Wide Developer Conference, but is this enough to make photographers ditch laptops for tablets? Let’s discuss after the break. Continue reading…

Review: HP zBook X2 Tablet for Creative Professionals

The HP zBook X2 marks the company’s attempt to really target creatives. And they’re not doing a terrible job!

When the HP zBook X2 was announced, I was pretty excited and had hopes that it would send a message to Apple. And over my month or so of using the HP zBook X2, I grew less and less tolerant of it vs the Apple ecosystem that I’ve been embedded in for almost 10 years. But it honestly doesn’t have a lot to do with the way HP designed the tablet. The HP zBook X2 is a very good machine in and of itself; but the problem has more to do with Lightroom and Photoshop — the two apps they’re really talking about when it comes to working with photographers.

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First Impressions: HP ZBook x2 Tablet for Creative Professionals

The HP ZBook x2 seems to be a very big Apple competitor for creative professionals

When HP called me into a meeting, I didn’t at all think that they’d be announcing the HP ZBook x2. Instead, I thought that they’d be getting back into photo printing in a big way; but this was a pleasant surprise. In fact, the HP ZBook x2 seems to be almost everything that I wish Apple would do but continuously refuses to. The HP ZBook x2 sports, first and foremost, a gorgeous 14 inch matte display with a surface and texture that is designed to look and feel like actual paper. It does a pretty good job at it too. Then it boasts things like SD card slots, Thunderbolt ports, USB 3.0 ports, and a bunch of quick buttons that can integrate into any program that you wish. However, they’re primarily designed for and being marketed specifically with Adobe Cloud product integration. So all the quick actions that you do in PhotoShop and Lightroom are all available at the touch of a button on the side.

In fact, HP is calling the HP ZBook x2 a detachable workstation; and they’ve pumped it full of some awesome stuff on the inside.

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Review: Lens Distortions (Photoshop Actions and Apple iOS App)

Lens Distortions arguably solves the problems I've been having with photography for a while now: a clinically engineered lack of character into lenses that results in a sterile image which therefore doesn't make me want to purchase a product. That's a mouthful for sure, but it's true. While many photographers these days would prefer a clinically clean look where they can then add in their own modifications to the image in post, I'm not like that. There's a generation of photographers that truthfully don't like sitting down at computers because we do everything on a tablet or a phone instead. And for those photographers on both sides of the line, Lens Distortions makes a lot of sense.

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Astropad Studio Turns Your iPad Pro Into a Graphics Tablet for Your Mac Plus Adds Pro Features

Software Developer, AstroHQ, has announced their new flagship product, Astropad Studio. Building upon many of the key features of the original Astropad (check out our review), the Pro edition adds faster processing speeds, customizable workflow, and shortcut options, plus pen pressure and stroke settings. It also allows users to create shortcut sets that match whatever Mac app they’re currently working in, and adds keyboard support via the on-screen keyboard or use of an external bluetooth keyboard. The software is available now and currently priced at $64.99/year or $7.99/month. Continue reading…

The New Canon PIXMA All-In-One Printers Sport an Almost Apple-Like Design

Canon has updated their lineup of PIXMA printers, which aren’t anywhere as serious as the higher end models but instead make more sense as a home-office printer. Core to the new PIXMA series is a new design that honestly looks like Jony Ivy had some influence on. Some of the printers themselves are also pretty compact and include things like touch LCD screens, a paper tray that retracts when powered off, WiFi and creative Instagram-like filters built into them.

The press release is after the jump.

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Review: Astropad Retouching (Apple iPad Air 2)

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Astropad was developed by former Apple engineers, and the app that they developed is targeted at photographers who retouch and want to do so with a graphics tablet of some sort. However, in this case they’re turning an iPad into something like a product from Wacom. Now, something like this could technically be done with Airplay, but to the creators of Astropad, that isn’t fast enough. To accomplish their goal of a near seamless and lag-free experience, they utilize a technology called LIQUID that claims to be twice as fast as Airplay and that relies on WiFi transferring of information back and forth.

For the most part, they’re doing a fantastic job.

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AstroPad Mini Turns Your iPhone into a Photo Editing Tablet (Sort of)

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An app called AstroPad is looking to make photographers strain their eyes while editing on the super small screen on their iPhone instead of an iPad turn your iPhone into a functioning graphics tablet. The app was already available for the iPad (and is 30% off today) but today they’re porting it to the phone. AstroPad was developed by ex-Apple engineers–which means that they really know how Apple products work on a deeper level. That’s why they cite that they’re using a technology called LIQUID that is designed specifically to run on WiFi.

The engineers state that the technology is color corrected and true to the source material. Additionally, it is GPU accelerated, so the Mac stays fast. Using LIQUID, the app connects to your Mac and lets you edit images in the same way you would with something like a Wacom tablet. Using Lightroom or Photoshop, you can retouch with a bit more ease if you’re using a tablet and pen. If you own an Apple watch, you can use the watch to do customizable shortcuts. They also claim that LIQUID is 2x faster than Airplay.

As far as ergonomics go, this may be better on the iPhone 6 Plus since it’s pretty much a phablet. But on smaller screens I’d see myself not only struggling a bit, but also killing the battery life of my phone let alone making it overheat. Granted, I have yet to test it–but I do some very intensive editing and I imagine that the photographers using this may do even more.

You can check out more at AstroPad’s website and the launch price for Astropad Mini is $4.99 while it will go for $9.99 otherwise. Even more details are below.

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Sharp Presents a 15.6″ Hi-DPI Tablet That Runs on Windows 8.1

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When Apple’s iPad was first introduced, the photographic world was abuzz: finally there was a compact device that photographers could use to present their portfolios to clients. Meanwhile, the iPad is in its 5th generation, and the tablet market has changed considerably. It’s not the only contender anymore, as there are now a lot of choices both in screen size and in operating systems used.

Apple itself has introduced the iPad Mini a while ago, which comes with a smaller screen, and in Android land you can get almost anything imaginable. The Windows platform hasn’t been as popular as either iOS or Android, but there have been some interesting developments nonetheless.

The latest comes from Sharp, and it’s a 15.6″ tablet–yes, you read correctly, 15.6″. That’s the size of a regular laptop, and a lot more real estate than your common 7″ or 10″ device. So, what does Sharp’s new über-tablet have to offer that might make it worthwhile for a photographer? Find out after the break.

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Google Chrome Adds Applet for You to See the Histogram of a Photo

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Despite the fact that most readers of this site come in via tablets and Safari, you might want to consider using Chrome on your computer. IF you’re a metadata enthusiast (notice how I said enthusiast and not full on nerd) then Chrome’s new extension to let you view the histogram of an image might be tempting. Once installed, all that you have to do is right click the image and click on, “Toggle Histogram.” Then after looking at all those photos of Ansel Adams, you can finally say that you can shoot photos with more even histograms and even more data across the range.

Chrome users can download it here from their Web Store. Then head over to DPReview and use it on all their images. But before you even start to do that, you should read up on histograms in our guide. We’ve got part 1 and 2 done, but not part 3 yet.

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Adobe Announces Photoshop Touch for the Apple iPad

At Mobile World Congress, Adobe launched Photoshop Touch for the iPad. The app was previously available for Android for quite a while because we Android users belong to a superior race of photographers. This morning, I got the press release about it and we put in a request for a review copy. According to The Verge, the app was pulled from the iTunes store because Adobe felt it wasn’t done. However, my buddies over at had some hands-on experience with the app.

And according to them, the app is feature-heavy and powerful enough to be a legit photo editing app. Press release and demo video after the jump.

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Review: The Apple Magic Trackpad For Photographers

With the Apple Magic Trackpad, finger painting comes to Adobe Photoshop. The Apple Magic Trackpad is an interesting new Apple product that arrived recently with relatively little fanfare. Compared to more press grabbing new toys like the snazzy new iPod Nano or the fascinating iPad, the trackpad flew in under the radar, and it’s too bad, because it’s an innovative and interesting tool for digital photographers, and an affordable one at that. I’ve had one on my desk for a couple weeks and have grown to love it. Continue reading…

Apple Postpones Launch Of iPad Internationally By One Month

For photographers that still want to get their iPad, know that Apple is putting you first over international orders. According to an Apple media release today, Apple is delaying the international launch of the iPad due to the excessive demand of the product. That means that people outside of the US can expect to see it at the end of May. Before you make the purchase, take a look at how it could possibly help you. Here’s the release:

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Apple Media Advisory

Apple today released the following statement:

Although we have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week, demand is far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad™. We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April.

Faced with this surprisingly strong US demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May. We will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on Monday, May 10. We know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news, but we hope they will be pleased to learn the reason—the iPad is a runaway success in the US thus far.

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Tablets For Photographers: The Round Up

Throughout all of last week I have discussed The HP Slate, The JooJoo, The Dell Mini 5, Archos 9, and The Apple iPad as to find out which tablet would serve a photographer best. Now all these tablets have a usefulness to them, none of them is without any worth, however from a photographer’s point of view some of them do not stand up to what we need from a Tablet PC. Here are my final thoughts. Continue reading…