iPad For Transmitting Breaking News Photos, Revisited

A couple of months ago I wrote about using Apple’s iPad to edit and transmit photos from the field. There were a lot of problems that came up in the editing process for adding cutlines (captions, for you non-journalism types) to photos before sending them to a publication. The problem was at the time you couldn’t edit IPTC or meta data at all. Well it looks like all of that is finally changing.

Filterstorm 2, an updated version of the photo editing app of the same name has listened to photographers and added a ton of features. Among these features are the ability to adjust curves, color correct, reduce noise, sharpen and (are you ready for it?!?!) edit meta data and FTP an image directly from the app! This eliminates the cumbersome work-flow problems of downloading, editing, saving, opening email, writing a caption in the email, and well…you get the idea. It’s not a complete solution though. The photos will be sent to the publication with the cutline information but due to Apple’s restrictions on the architecture of apps, the images won’t be saved on the iPad with the updated meta data. Bummer. It’s a step in the right direction.

For a full list of the features and a couple of videos, check out filterstorm’s features page. At just $2.99 for a limited time, it looks like a steal for the advanced photo editing ability it adds to the iPad. Now if we could only get Apple to ditch AT$T for a more reliable network, we might have a solution for filing breaking news images from the field that doesn’t involve a laptop.

HDSLR Video We All Should Aspire to Produce

The video above comes from The Guardian in London. It was shot by Felix Clay on an unnamed HDSLR (my bet is Canon 5D Mark II) and edited by Elliot Smith and Shehani Fernando. This is just one video from Laura Barton’s series called Barton’s Britain in which she travels throughout England, Scotland and Wales to create a visual story of modern Great Britain. In my opinion (and the opinion of the UK Press Photographer’s Year 2010 Awards) this is outstanding work. Finding a visual style in photojournalism is tough. It’s clear that Felix Clay has found his. There are several more videos on the Guardian’s site that showcase this as well. Check it out.

Guardian.co.uk: Dan Chung’s Election Coverage

I have talked about the blog dslrnewsshooter.com here before but never really talked much about the man behind it. His name is Dan Chung and he is also a great still shooter. He hasn’t had many update since the NAB Expo and I can understand why. Until recently Chung was devoted to covering the election for the man that would live at No. 10 Downing Street. If you don’t know who that is, google it and then move out from under a rock in Kansas.

To me, his work is very traditional. He captures many of the behind the scenes moments of the election that the public is often unaware of. His pictures are documentary, non-intrusive, story telling images. Having covered some of the 2008 presidential elections, I can understand the thrills, boredom and surprises of the campaign trail. I think he has done a great job with his coverage. I encourage you to check out his work for The Guardian, here, here or here.

iPad for Photographers Link Roundup

Now that the iPad with 3G is out I figured it was time to take a look at how photographers could utilize one. I have rounded up a selection of links related to the iPad, photography and blogging. Check it out.

  • iLounge.com – Reviews: Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit
  • photo.net – Is The iPad a Serious Tool for Photographers?
  • youtube.com – Photogene (app) for iPad video
  • youtube.com – PixelMagic (app) for iPad video tutorial
  • wordpress.com – WordPress for iPhone OS 2.4 with iPad support for mobile blogging
  • photoshelter.com – Wider Angles: The Apple iPad. Publishing Evolution? Photography Revolution?