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Ever since the first iPad was released I knew at some point there would be the possibility of reducing the weight on my back and speeding up the workflow at an event by using one of these lightweight tablets.

I invested in the iPad 1 but it was quite evident that the device just did not have the power to cope with the requirements of live image transmission, the iPad 2 was a definite improvement but still not quite there. All this time I have been playing with the pieces, putting together ideas and workflows and with the 3rd generation of the device the pieces finally fit and the jigsaw has come together. Whilst the reviews and techie sites have been raving over the screen clarity, the real improvement for me has been the doubling of the working memory from the iPad2 (being 4 times that of the original device), making image editing viable.


The premiere of “Salmon fishing in the Yemen”, being a low key event with only 2 or 3 “names” was the ideal event for a test.

The only real issue I found was supporting (holding) the iPad. Images were downloaded, cropped, annotated and sent to distribution all within minutes of shooting, the fastest I have ever delivered images.

Although my aim for this blog is not to be technical, more and more photographers are trying to work out how to make “real” use of these ultra lightweight devices; if there are enough requests, I will detail my workflow in a later post.

In the meantime, here are 2 of my first live event images processed and sent from the iPad (incidentally, this post was also written on the pad),


Ewan Mcgregor


Emily Blunt