Author: Terry White

Terry is the co-author of The Best Selling "The iPhone Book" 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th editions. He has been active in the industry for over 25 years and is the founder and president of MacGroup-Detroit, Inc., Michigan's largest Macintosh Users Group, host of the Adobe Creative Suite Podcast and a technology writer - Terry White Tech Blog.
Adobe Photoshop Touch

Apps From My “Using An iPad in a Digital Photography Workflow” Class

I’m about to head into my session at Photoshop World Vegas 2012 on “Using the iPad in a Digital Photography Workflow”. As with most things the iPad and Digital Photography Apps are fast moving and get updates all the time. So I figured I would list the Apps I recommend and will show in the class here so that attendees not only see my recommendations from the workbook, but also the newer ones I’m using that didn’t make it into the workbook. In no particular order here they are:

Adobe Photoshop Touch

Version 1.3 brings the Retina Display support and high resolution file support that you’ve been asking for:

  • Retina Display Support: See your images like never before with the Retina display on the new iPad.
  • Higher resolution capabilities: Work on high-resolution images while maintaining the highest image quality. Supports images up to 12 megapixels.
  • Two new languages: Russian and Brazilian Portuguese.
  • Two new Effects: Shred and Colorize
  • Smoother animation and scrolling in the organizer, tutorial browser, and file picker
  • New gesture to toggle 100% view and fit screen (three-finger tap)
  • New pixel nudging mode for precise movements
  • Support for Apple Photo Stream
  • Various bug fixes

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Easy Release

My model release App of choice for both iPad and iPhone.

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Contract Maker Elite

I use Contract Maker Elite for my other contract such as my Print Release. It’s the most customizable App that I know of and basically lets you create a contract with virtually as many fields, popups, images, signatures as you need.

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Sylights

I use Sylights for making Lighting Diagrams on my iPad and sharing them with others.

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ShutterSnitch

Every time I show shooting with my Nikon D7000 and the EyeFi Mobile Pro X2 Card wirelessly to my iPad, someone always ask which App is that. It’s called ShutterSnitch. I use it both with the Eye-Fi Card and the Nikon WT-5a module on my Nikon D4. Sure Eye-Fi has their own Free App, but it’s just not as functional as ShutterSnitch.

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Photosmith

It’s the closest thing to having the Lightroom Library Module on your iPad. Import, manage, organize, rate and then sync to Lightroom.

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Adobe Revel

Adobe Revel is a cloud service that lets you sync your photos between all your Macs and iOS devices. I now use the iPad app as my portfolio app as it works directly with Lightroom 4.

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PosePad

PosePad let’s you create a visual shot list containing images of poses that you want to remember to capture during your next shoot.

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DSLR Remote HD

Although there is no way to directly connect your camera to your iPad to shoot tethered, DSLR Remote HD let’s you do it with a computer in the middle. You connect your compatible DSLR to your laptop via a USB cable and then you can remotely control it wirelessly with your iPad. See your Live View, make setting adjustments, and fire the shutter. See your recently captured images right on your iPad and share them.

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PhotoSync

I use PhotoSync on a regular basis to wirelessly transfer images from my iPad to my computer or from iOS device to iOS device.

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Photo Shoot List

Creating a Photo Shoot List

Nothing is more frustrating than returning from a shoot only to realize that you forgot to get one or more of the shots that you had envisioned before doing the shoot. The model has gone home or you’ve left the scene and it’s really too late to get that shot! This is why having a shot list before doing your shoot is key. I tend to get into the shoot while I’m shooting and focusing on making sure I got the right equipment settings or lighting just right. I have been guilty of forgetting to get one or more of the actual shots that I had conceived before the shoot.

With Photo Shoot List You Won’t Forget To Get The Shot

Photo Shoot List lets you do the obvious. It lets you create a list of the shots that you’d like to get and check them off as you take them. However, it goes a few steps beyond the basics. First of all it allows you to attach a photo to each shot on your list. This way you refresh your memory with not only the shot in text form, but an example of the shot or pose that you’re looking to get. You can create multiple lists and you can even setup templates. For example, let’s say you’re the occasional wedding shooter. I don’t shoot weddings very often, but If and when I do I’d definitely need a shot list so that I wouldn’t forget to get those classic shots. With a “wedding template” I could just pull in all the shots from a previous Wedding list to remind me of which ones I need to get. There’s even an In App purchase option to buy additional templates. As of the initial release there is a “San Francisco” and “Pinup” list. These of course are optional and you can build your own templates.

Good, but could be better

This App is off to a great start, but I’d like to see a few more options. While it does work as advertised, I’d like to see an iPad native version. I’d also like to see a way to sync lists between multiple devices and perhaps a way to share lists with others to create a kind of community aspect. Lastly and perhaps in a 2.0 version I’d like to see an equipment tie in. Not only what shots to remember to take, but also what gear to remember to take to get those shots. You can do this in the notes, but I’d like to see a more formal way of selecting gear from a gear list that I store in the app. Other than my wanting more, this is a good app and works well.

 

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Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster on iPhone

Let’s face it. Buying concert and event tickets can really make you feel like you’re being ripped off at times. Gone are the days where people would camp out in front of the box office window the night or days before tickets go on sale to get the 1st or best seats. Back in those days you were pretty much just making sure that you got a good seat. The price was the price. Today there are multiple online sources to get tickets and the price is not “the price.” The price is what you’re willing to pay to sit where you want to sit on the day you want to go. Yep, it’s a racket! Ticketmaster is often a go to place for event tickets and they tend to be pretty reliable in letting you buy good seats and “reasonable” prices.

The Tickemaster app has recently been updated to let you not only search for events around you, but in other areas you’re thinking about going to or will be visiting. Prior to this update the App wasn’t very useful in my opinion. Now when you find an event you can see the ticket prices and buy your tickets right in the Appl You can also get push notifications for sales and last minute ticket availability. I think that’s probably one of the best features of a “mobile app”. We’re not always in front of our computers. So when an App can alert you to something that you would otherwise have missed by the time you got back to your computer, it’s a good thing. The app also offers suggestions after a quick scan of your music library to see which artists you like.

The Bottom Line

This update is definitely an improvement, but it could still use some work. For example, it would be nice to be able to save multiple cities as “Favorites” to be alerted for events going on in those cities. When I went through the process to buy tickets it prompted me for the captcha like picture where you type the letters numbers you see in the picture. Of course this can be a pain in the but on a mobile keyboard and I have to guess that there’s an easier way to detect if you’re a human or not coming in from their own App. The Ticketmaster App is Free and if you like concerts and other events there is no reason not to have it. You can use it to check prices and buy tickets. Best of all you get alerts.

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MinuteCast by AccuWeather – minute-by-minute rain, snow, and sleet forecasts with Superior Accuracy™

Sky Motion Tells You Exactly When It’s Going To Rain

There are lots of great weather apps on the App Store today. I use a few different ones mainly because I haven’t found quite the perfect interface on a single one yet. Nonetheless I really like the choices that are out there. Sky Motion is a different kind of weather App. It has one goal in mind. It aims to tell you precisely when it’s going to rain in the next two hours in your exact location. It doesn’t pretend to be the jack of all trades when it comes to weather. It simply wants you to know if your outdoor activity will be rained upon or not. On this one goal, it does so very well.

I’ve had this App for a couple of weeks now and for most of that time my immediate area has been quite dry. So all the App would tell is “no rain”. However, now that we are seeing some rain the App is not only telling when it will rain, but for how long. Also unlike most of the other apps that based on a zip code or city, Sky Motion is using your exact geo location.

How well does it work?

It works well, but keep in mind that it only has a 2 hour window. So if you’re wondering if this Saturday’s game is going to be rained out or not this App won’t tell you. However, if it’s cloudy and you’re thinking about taking a walk or run right now and you want to know if you’ll be rained on or not, then Sky Motion is your app. By being tightly focused on your specific area and a short window of time, it can be very accurate.

You can also use it to search other areas by address, but the UI for that feature could use some help.

Overall, Sky Motion isn’t going to replace your favorite weather App, but it is going to be a nice addition to the one(s) you use now.

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Facebook App Gets A Speed Update (FINALLY)!

To say that the Facebook App on iOS was slow is like saying that the sun is hot. It started to lag so bad that I stopped using it. I started using the mobile web version instead. When I got a push notification and tapped on it I would see the Facebook App load and just sigh knowing that I’d have to wait a couple of minutes before I could see what it was that I was being notified about.

Why was it so slow?

Facebook is a big company with lots of cash! So why would such a high profile social networking company have such a bad App? Your guess is good as mine. I can only guess that it just wasn’t that important to the powers that be. Perhaps Mark doesn’t use an iPhone. If he did, I doubt that he would have allowed the experience to be so bad. The problem was that the original App wasn’t a native objective-c App (at least that’s my understanding) and this new one is.

Is it faster?

A first glance, YES! It is definitely faster than the previous version, but they would have to work pretty hard for it not to be. Is it fast? Well that’s a different question. While it is faster, I still don’t consider it to be “fast.” I would say that now it’s probably usable.

Any other new features?

Sadly no. I was disappointed to see that on the iPad there still isn’t much of an improvement. For example, Pages still don’t have Timeline support on the iPad. So with this update it seems that they spent all of their time on speed and I welcome that! It’s still kinda embarrasing for a company the size of Facebook not to support their own new features in their own App, but it is what it is.

This goes out to ALL of the social media sites that have Apps. Please make your Apps at least as functional as your website. It’s a shame that the mobile web version of your Apps offer more than your native Apps!

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