I’m afraid I haven’t been feeling very inspired recently, and so I haven’t updated this blog as I didn’t seem to have anything to say!
I haven’t been idle though – I’ve been thinning out some of my old photos, reviewing the keywording, and also messing around with an iPad. This is the original iPad 1 – yes, it may seem odd to buy one after the iPad 2 has been announced, but between that time and the availability of the iPad 2 the older version was available at a substantial discount. I bought the cheapest version (16G Wi-Fi only). I’ve found it very convenient for reading books and manuals, and for email, web browsing etc. Most of those things are awkward on an iPhone due to the screen size, and trying to type on the tiny iPhone screen is very frustrating. In fact I’ve got on so well with the iPad that I’m not using the Macs and PCs as much, keeping them for the more serious computing, such as editing photos etc.
I’ve also been experimenting using ShutterSnitch on the iPad, with an Eye-Fi card on the camera, and a portable router, which makes it possible to shoot the image on the camera and within 10 seconds view it on the large iPad screen. This is great for studio work, as it is possible to show the client the results immediately, and also check for things that aren’t visible on the small screen on the back of the camera, such as reflections. I use it just to preview the JPEGs, transferring the RAW files to the computer via a card reader later.
Another useful tool for the iPad I’m just playing with is PixelSync, which allows me to view and rate images which are in Aperture on the Mac on the iPad, and then sync the ratings back to the Aperture library. Being able to do this on the iPad give smore freedom than having to sit down at the Mac to do the rating. I just wish it was possible to do the keywording this way too. Photosmith may allow something similar with Lightroom when it becomes available, and is supposed to include keywording.
I’m looking forward to a photographic workshop in Scotland next month (ie April) – I just hope we have some good weather.