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Podcast 246 : The iPad for the Photographer

I picked up my iPad on May 28, which was the day that the iPad went on sale in most countries outside of the US. Today I’ll talk about how I’m using my iPad now, and throw in a few useful app suggestions, as well as covering what I’m not...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Albert Palmer
    Posted at 00:05h, 08 June Reply

    Good article!

    FYI, when you order your files in iPhoto on the Mac they sync over in that order. It would be nice to have this on the iPad but you have a littl ebit more control on the Mac. You can also choose which photo albums/events etc you want to sync to the iPad which makes things very easy. I guess this is an example of how Mac software works well together. It seems they need to do a bit more work for the PC version though.

  • Dave Kosiur
    Posted at 07:02h, 08 June Reply

    One problem I’ve noticed with the iPad (had it for 4 weeks now) is that the iPod app does not play extended podcasts correctly. The app only shows the first image in any extended podcast, although the audio plays OK. Others have noticed the same problem, so it’s a bug.

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 09:43h, 08 June Reply

    Hi Al,

    I had read that on a forum when I first started to look into this, but then promptly forgot about it. 🙂 Good point.

    Hi Dave,

    Yes, I mentioned that above too. It’s probably a bug, but I think it could also be intentional because the images in Enhanced Podcasts are too small to show full-screen on the iPad. By default I believe they are only 320x320px, or 300×300 if you check to limit the size when exporting. Even if they are shown small in a window though, these images should be displayed if the user has chosen to listen to Enhanced Podcasts.

    We’ll probably see an update to Garage Band too, so that images saved in the M4A files are large enough to view full screen on the iPad. I also entered an Enhancement Request for this.


  • EdT.
    Posted at 23:46h, 08 June Reply

    Martin – Love the iPad podcast, listening to it right now in fact. One comment about the keyboard: you are correct that the dock/keyboard combo is silly, however I have a Griffin stand (which is quite solid) and an Apple wireless keyboard. This DOES work in both portrait and landscape mode, and I have used that combo as an alternative to my Macbook for simple searching/note taking during meetings. Also, for not-very-lengthy blog posts, as well as slightly-lengthy emails.


  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 00:11h, 09 June Reply

    Thanks for the confirmation on the bluetooth keyboard Ed! I imagined that should work.

    Thanks for listening to the Podcast too! 🙂

    BTW, I didn’t mention it in the Podcast, to save time, but I am using an Incase case with my iPad, which also doubles as a stand for various angles. If I hooked up a keyboard while standing the iPad on that, it would be pretty easy to use too.


  • David Tan
    Posted at 07:35h, 18 June Reply

    Great post about the iPad. After reading about Zinio, I visited the site and thanks it is a great reading experience and the prices for subscription are fantastic. This is the way electronic publishing should be priced

    I can’t wait to see what it is like on the iPad

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 19:20h, 19 June Reply

    Hi David,

    You’re very welcome. I love Zinio, and I’m pleased you’re enjoying their magazines too.


  • Michael Willems
    Posted at 02:00h, 24 July Reply

    Hi Martin,

    Spot on in all your comments. The sorting is a pain.

    I just wrote a post on http://blog.michaelwillems.ca/2010/07/23/geez-apple-sort-it-out-already/ with a workaround in emergencies, but this is not at all scalable.

    Have you found any viewers yet? There are none that do not use Flickr or Smugmug from what I can see (no thanks!)


  • Michael Willems
    Posted at 23:25h, 04 August Reply

    Okay I found one called Photo-Sort. It is far from ideal but at a pinch, it will help me out when I most need it.

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 10:40h, 24 August Reply


    Sorry for not getting back to you sooner.

    I have been working with the people at SortShots, and they have fixed most of the issues that I was having with their software, so I’m relatively happy with it.

    Since then though, I also found FolioBook, which is almost perfect for what I wanted to do. It currently only allows you to set up three portfolios, but it has a nice top screen with your logo once set up, and three portfolio links on the first screen. When you click on the links, you can set it to start the slide show automatically, and the transitions are smooth.


    My only gripe is that it does not hide the iPad bar and clock etc. at the top of the screen. I’m not sure if this is really difficult to do, but many apps leave this visible, and I don’t like to see it. Some do hide it though, so I know it’s possible to go true full-screen.

    I’ll probably check out Photo-Sort too Michael. Thanks for the recommendation!


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