A friend recently recommended a book to me, which I discovered isn't available in electronic form. That is, I would have to buy the actual paper book. When the friend asked if I refuse to read paper books any more, I found myself saying this: I don't mind reading paper books, it's just that it's too inconvenient to carry around a book and my iPad.
Wow. Have I ever been turned.
Meanwhile, Michael Carney at PandoDaily thinks tablet photography is coming in a big way—even more than cellphone photography. Perhaps people really like the big viewing screen?
(Thanks to Carl Weese and Oren Grad)
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Nick Cutler: "Big viewing screens are great: perhaps you could stick the iPad to the back of a square wooden box, mount it on a nice heavy tripod, and throw a black cloth over the top...then all you need is an app to turn the image upside down."
Andre: "When I first saw people doing this I thought it was odd, but it does make a certain amount of sense. The tablet can be your camera, tour book, itinerary holder, entertainment (leisure reading, video, music), translator, navigator, and more. Plus, as the article mentions, the photos can be viewed (and shown to others) right there on the screen without needing to be transferred from one device to another. It can also be your video camera and video editor all in one. The form factor may be awkward, but that may be a small price to pay for many users."
Joe Holmes: "One issue with the rise of iPad cameras is that the camera in the current iPhone is superior. It's an 8 MP camera vs. 5 MP in the iPad Air (and iPad Mini) among other significant differences. Maybe the next generation will even things out."
Steve Snyder: "I can't stand people that use iPads as a camera or for video! We have quite a few parents at my son's elementary school that try to take pictures or video every recital or sports event with an iPad. I almost saw two women duke it out because one was holding up an iPad to video the school play. Only problem was that she was in the first row and about 20 people couldn't see anything with her frickin' iPad blocking the view! One trend I hope comes and goes quickly!
Mark Scholey: "On the theme of Steve Snyder's comment, I'll just post this here."
Jim: "The iPad as a camera is a new tool. I set up an iPad using the front facing camera and allowed people to take their own portraits during a fundraising event at a children's hospital. The + volume control on the earbuds acts as a shutter release. The iPad photos start at the third one down."
MartinP: "In 2012 I went to Istanbul and made some (film) photographs during a rainy day inside a very large and dark museum which was previously a mosque, church and cathedral, the Hagia Sophia. It dates from 537 A.D. and was the biggest cathedral in the world for just about one thousand years. Anyway, the point is that when I examined the negs made from high up in the building, looking downwards, it was noticeable that the faces of some visitors were in strange, small pools of light...it turned out that they were being illuminated by the screens of their iPads whilst in the act of making pictures. Well, this seemed amusing to me anyway."
Tim Bradshaw: "If you are, say, 50, and you buy a typical modern digicam, you will find that you can't really use it because it has no viewfinder so you need to hold it at arm's length to see the screen (or juggle glasses), but you can't do that because the screen is too small. You either need a camera with a viewfinder or something with a bigger screen. And that's a...."