Blind Photographers has written already about iPhone photography ins Shooting the iPhone 3GS. What will the iPad bring to the table? Nothing yet, as the tablet, like its older sibling, the iPod Touch, lacks a camera. However, hope is not lost. PCWorld reports that they are Sleuthing for an iPad Camera.
“General consensus is that there will be a camera in the iPad, but not in the first generation—a camera would be a great feature to roll out in version two, giving more people a reason to buy after all the early-adopters get theirs. Though that’s still just speculation, the iPad appears to be fully camera-ready even now, and there might even be time left for another announcement from The Steve.”
Assuming that these rumors pan out, what will this mean for blind and visually impaired photographers? Simply put, the iPad will offer the single largest LCD for composing and reviewing shots available in digital photography. I struggle with my Nikon’s LCD to review and can barely see through the tiny viewfinder to compose shots. Until I upload images into Lightroom, much of my photography is little more than educated guesswork. An iPad-mounted camera opens up a world of opportunity for visually-impaired photographers. On top of the camera, there are already loads of iPhone apps for editing photos. Even, Photoshop has an iPhone app. There are even photo printing apps. For basic editing purposes, the iPad offers the first device that can take images from the minds eye right to the finished product.
We only hope that Apple is holding the camera for iPad 2.0 next year. Cross your fingers.If you find this post useful or interesting, please consider buying me a cup of coffee.