Ed Hawco mentioned in the comments to Ctein's last post that PDN has an article in this month's issue entitled The iPad: A Portfolio Revolution? by Jacqueline Tobin. I haven't seen it, and it's not online (except for PDN subscribers), but I did have a brief encounter recently with an iPad as a portfolio. I mentioned having lunch with Jack Macdonough, who showed me his Leica S2. I wrote about that encounter already. Jack also handed me a book across the table that he said was "two portfolios, old and new." The small book had paper prints bound into it. At the end, past all the prints, stuck into the back pocket of the binder itself, was an iPad.
Among other things, Jack showed me TOP on the iPad—very sporty!
But mainly, it was indeed impressive as a way to look at pictures. The screen is very nice, albeit effectively even glossier than Cibachrome, which I found a tad disconcerting with black-and-white pictures. At first. I'd probably have to invest ten minutes to get used to that. Nicest, of course, is the effortless manner of "flipping" from one picture to the next with a swipe of the finger (although, predictably, the device didn't like my finger and didn't always flip when I asked it to. That's the story of me and computers, ever since Kemeny and Kiewit, right there).
Of course, it's not just for formally showing portfolios—the news there is just that it's good enough to serve that purpose, without risking making a professional look less-than-professional. But the broader news is that it's a great way to show your pictures to anybody, in many situations—or just to look at them yourself.
Jack mentioned that if Apple wanted to build an iPad that was larger by half, photographers would go for in a big way. I agree, although by that time we might be pulling away from the mass market needed to support the product. Maybe, with millions sold already, an even larger "photographer's model" (the "iPad Pro"? And that one would have an SDHC slot) might be in the future—which would be icing on an already very nice cake.
(Thanks to Jack)
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