Rob Walker at Yahoo Tech interviewed me last week for an article that went live today about iPad photography: iPad Photography: Should We Take It Seriously?
The article mostly focuses on using the iPad as a camera, dispelling the stigma of shooting with an iPad and recognizing that, like it or not, a lot of people use their iPads as cameras. Walker points to Flickr (also owned by Yahoo) and its page for the iPad Air—last year’s model—to discover that 6,254 photos captured with the Air’s camera were uploaded the day before the article appeared; that number is 8,667 for yesterday, October 28.
I also have to admit it’s still fun to be introduced as the person “who literally wrote the book on the subject.”
I’m taking iPad photography seriously. I have shot some pretty amazing shots with my iPad and I plan on doing more. YOU inspired me, FYI. I plan on reading your book, which I will over this coming Winter. Among others. Books that is. LOL New software programs, new laptop, more books on technique …. And I might be getting a new camera. My AF broke and IF that is a beginning of other things not working right (I cannot seem to import RAW now from said camera into PS) I may be forced to look for another camera. I really don’t trust anyone working on my camera, especially because the model is no longer being sold and knowing what I do about certain companies, they may just do something to insure I buy new. Oops, this turned out a to be a lot longer then I had planned. LOL Love, Amy
I think a lot of the hate feeds into the culture of people taking photos of everything. People need to learn how to appreciate life as it is through their eyes and not a LCD screen. You’re not in France to photograph the culture, you’re there to experience it and be able to enjoy those memories in your mind for the rest of your life. I’m not going to say that pictures don’t last forever, but they take up a lot of space, which is why most of my matted work is in closets.
When I was growing up, most of the people with cameras and video cameras knew to get on the sides to not block people’s view either when at school events. And as an adult now who films my brother’s stuff, I do make sure that when I’m filming with the iPad that I’m not in someone’s way.
Yes, I love using my iPad for editing, and being able to shoot then edit is a big thing. But I feel it’s less of an argument now that we have AirDrop. It’s very easy to push multiple pictures between iOS devices with it. The only time where it fails is when the wifi access point is congested. But we also have the new iCloud Photo Library, so it continues to be less and less of a problem.
People “scanning” documents with their iPhone is silly, not using your iPad as a camera.
I’d argue that taking photos doesn’t detract from experiencing a location or event. If I’m shooting, I’m actually experiencing it at a deeper level, engaging my eyes and senses in ways I may not if I’m just walking around, because I’m looking for images and angles and light. (The counterpoint to that is sometimes it makes me feel like I’m “working,” which is a balance I haven’t yet found.)
However, I do agree that many people have terrible manners when taking photos. I wish I could bestow patience on a lot of people from a distance.