Friday, June 4, 2010

Photoblogging Friday - 22

Something different for Photoblogging Friday this week, a more business-like post. Normally PbF consists of photographs from professional photographers, photojournalists, historic photographs, or even film stills. But this week, because of there have been a number of very good iPad apps released that involve photography, I thought today would be a good time to look at at least one of them.
There were a number of good choices: The Guardian released its photography app back on May 11, The Guardian Eyewitness, and I was immediately impressed. But several other apps have come out since that are interesting, as well, including photoJ.1, a digital photo magazine from The Mainichi Newspapers in Japan. The app costs 99 cents and is, of course, in Japanese. And although there are some 187 paid apps in the Photography section of the iTunes app store, the photoJ.1 app can be found under News.

Additionally, photographers are starting to use the iPad as a way of showing off their portfolios -- and why not, the screen on the iPad displays both color and black & white photographs very attractively. As a someone who is serious about photography I would have to say that nothing can replace a high resolution print of a photograph -- let alone a developed and processed photograph -- the iPad, however, is hard to beat as a photographic display platform.

The iPad and Photography
The conversation concerning the iPad in the photographic community is about at the same inane level as in the media world, with many of the articles written well before the iPad even shipped. (Have we seen headlines like this when discussing the iPad and media?" Will the iPad same photography?)

This Flash slideshow won't, of course, play on an iPad. But assuming
you are on your computer, use the controls in the lower right hand
corner to control the pictures.

In the end, though, the Guardian app keeps bringing me back. The app has a single-sponsor model -- in this case, Canon. It is simply designed, leaving in the photographs to speak for themselves. A small caption appears on each photo and a button on the lower right of the caption will bring up a "Show pro tip". A tap of the photo, though, gets rid of the caption altogether. A finger swipe then brings in the next photograph.

There is also an "About" page which contains a video introduction that can be enlarged to full screen. Did I mention that all this looks gorgeous?

The Guardian promises that the app will be updated daily -- quite a tough promise to keep, weekly would probably be good enough for most users, but daily is quite a treat, especially for a free app.