It is here and it is beautiful…April 3, 2010
For weeks now, I like many others have waited for April 3rd, 2010. On this day the UPS man comes down from on high to deliver the latest gadget from Heaven (okay… Cupertino is nice, but maybe not heavenly). Today Apple delivers the iPad. Now I’ve been a gadget-guy my entire life. I love being an early adopter even when it means dealing with version 1.0 “challenges” (I’ve been trained never to say “problems” from my consulting peers) just so I’m able to have the latest and greatest from the gadget world. Well, today is no different. An hour or so ago I received my first, of many (more later), iPad.
The iPad is an fascinating device and I’m interested to see how the technology world at large will accept this device. At an entry point of $499, it’s not a no-brainer decision for most. Of course it depends on your need. As a photographer, I see this as a must have piece of technology. Why? I get to show my work on a beautiful, portable device, to anyone that wants to look. Remember, everyone we meet is a potential client. When I’m sitting in a Starbucks with the iPad drinking a Grande Latte waiting for my son’s preschool to let out and someone asks me about the device, I’m going to show them my photography. When reading a book on the train to visit a client in Philadelphia and someone asks to see the device, I’m going to show them my photography. In fact, whenever I have the iPad with me and I have the opportunity to show it to someone, I’m going to show them my photography. I know this works as I’ve been doing it with my iPhone for years. In Aperture (or iPhoto) I can rate my images. My portfolio pieces are the only images that get a five star rating. When I sync my iPhone (now iPad) to my computer, it syncs all my five star images. I now have an album of all my portfolio pieces. I can’t tell you how handy this is while teaching a class or meeting a perspective client. I know that it has intrigued people enough that I’ve gotten new business from it. Now, I have a screen that blows the iPhone’s screen away (in size anyway). I’m really excited to start showing the iPad (i.e. my photography) off to anyone that asks.
Sure, there are a number of other reason this device will change my work-life. I do a great deal of technology consulting and this device is a fantastic way to keep in touch with email, log on to client computers remotely, browse the web, etc. For my photography business, this will be a part of my higher end wedding package. I’m going to include a custom engraved (assuming Apple starts doing this) iPad with some of my wedding packages loaded with all of the proofs and final images selected by the bride and groom. Talk about a high-tech wedding album! There are some other things I’m working on too, but you’ll have to wait for that.
Well, back to my iPad. I haven’t had much time to play with many of the features yet so it’s going to be a fun day. Let me know your thoughts about the iPad or any other technology that is making a difference in your photography in the comments section.