Utilizing the iPad2 in event photography

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  1. jusejuse

    jusejuse TPF Noob!

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    I'm not sure on exact terminology, which is why I fail at googling things, but maybe I can get some help here.

    I want to start an event photography business soon (backdrops + props + printing) and I am almost ready to execute and have all the basics down, but now I'm wondering if I could take it to the next level.

    I'm not sure what I need, whether it be a MacBook app or an iPad app, or some cords or other gadgets/equipments, but what I'm trying to achieve is to have the luxury of showing people my pictures on my iPad while being able to switch between pictures, controlled by my MacBook. I've seen this at events for years, but they would have an external computer monitor hooked up to their main computer, but the iPad is the next generation of this practice.

    For example, I, or an assistant photographer, will be taking pictures of people, possibly a number of different poses (funny, smiling, etc) for each group, and they will be allowed to pick one to be printed out.

    I'm still waiting on my Eye-fi card in the mail to fully experiment, but meanwhile I've tried Air Display, but it doesn't yield the results I'm aiming for because in order to see what I'm controlling on the iPad, it requires me to be able to see my cursor on the iPad... which I won't be seeing since I and my iPad will be facing the people.

    I'm also contemplating on buying an Apple VGA adapter, but I'm also not sure if that's what I'm looking for. I hope that someone can understand my hopeless explanation and lend me some advice.

    Thank you in advance!


     
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    WhiskeyTango No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I know how to get "close" to what you're looking for, but not "exactly." If you find "exactly," I'd love to hear about it.

    For "close," you can tether via Eye-Fi to the iPad. Set the camera to capture RAW-jpg and send the jpg's to the iPad. Use Photosmith to review on the iPad and have the client tag the one they want printed. Synch the iPad to Lightroom and print from there.
     
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    I disagree! A good 24" or 30" monitor is always going to present decent images better than a small Ipad screen.... especially since it can be viewed by more than one person at a time. :)
     
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    Yup. And if alcohol is a factor at the events you're shooting, you won't have to worry about somebody dropping your $499+ iPad...

    I think a monitor is probably a better way to go, but there's definitely something to be said for the tactile nature of using an iPad. It's literally "hands-on."
     
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    OR walking away with it when your back is turned! ;)
     
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    Only prob I see is folks snoring too loudly waiting for the eye-fi to put a crappy low-rez jpeg on whichever screen
     
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    I will try that!

    You have a point. However, I'm starting off small and with intimate parties, so an iPad should serve me good, since I already have one.

    My iPad wouldn't be handled by strangers, it would simply serve as an external monitor for them to choose between pictures. I/assistant would ask them while having them view pictures on screen which one they want. "Do you like this one, or this one? Or this one." :er:

    Aw is it that slow?
     
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    But say for example I'm able to get my hands on a computer monitor, how would I do that?
     
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    Allow me to add my knowledge of this. I've been doing event photography for about two years now, and I believe if you are printing on location, and just want to use your iPad as a view station, eye fi will serve you will. You need to download the eye fi app on iTunes, go to YouTube and its plenty of videos on there to show you how to tether to your iPad with just the eye fi card and iPad, you'll have to set the card in direct mode. Anyhow, you can send basic Jpeg to the iPad and have descent results if you are shooting with a dslr. That's my two cents, if you are starting off small, work with what you have, don't go out and buy all of this extra equipment, especially if you do not have any events lined up yet. Word of advice, if you print from your card, which you should, to eliminate the use of an laptop, you should invest in a camera body that offers dual card slot with one of them being sd, for the eye fi.
     
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    Shooting events is better with a laptop and dye sub printer and cheap monitors as veiwing stations
     
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    You don't need a laptop to shoot events. Well the type of events I shoot, I need the ability to print fast, I brought a professional dye sub printer, and some tether tools to attached my iPad to my light strobe for customers to view. You can't remove the iPad and it's professional. A monitor may be better, but an iPad is durable, smaller to handle, and serves me well at the events I shoot. Look into the iKlip for iPad attachment.
     
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    What are you using to tether the iPad the camera and printer?
     

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