Shooting on the move: Making your iPad work with your DSLR

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NAB 2012 is just around the corner. Actually, it’s over 14,000 kilometers away! We’ll be in Las Vegas, USA for over a week and the Las Vegas Convention Center is huge- more than 30 million square feet. We’re definitely not going to lug our MacBook Pro around, not when technology has allowed us to come this far!

The essentials- all you need as a photographer + blogger on the move.

The essentials- all you need as a photographer + blogger on the move.

When we hit the NAB 2012 show floor, we’ll be carrying only a Sony DSLT and an iPad2. We’ll be reporting back on all the newest equipment and technology we can find.

Apple's Ipad Camera Connection Kit. Let's you connect a digital camera to your iPad.

Apple's Ipad Camera Connection Kit. Let's you connect a digital camera to your iPad.

So the question remains, how to do that without at least a laptop? More accurately; how to shoot, transfer the images, edit them and upload with only an iPad2?

Filterstorm boasts a clean, intuitive interface that's rich with photo-editing features

We’ve just settled on a most rewarding and efficient method. Here are the items you need:

1) Get the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit
This lets you plug in your SD card (from the camera) into your iPad. CF cards stay inside the camera. There’s a gadget (included) that let’s you connect your camera via USB to the Camera Connector, which plugs into your iPad.

2) Feature-rich photo-editing app
You get to enhance your images with a good app. Brighten up underexposed pics, adjust the White Balance, add colour styles, etc.

3) Uploader app
Most photo apps let you upload to popular social networking sites like Flickr, Facebook or Twitter. We need an app that also give us the flexibility of uploading via FTP, straight into our web server.

4) Watermark app
If you don’t like your photos getting plagiarized off the internet or if you just want to add your own identity to your images, you need an app that let’s you embed a watermark.

Filterstorm's main page where you import pics from your camera and do simple crop, scale and straighten

Filterstorm's main page where you import pics from your camera and do simple crop, scale and straighten

Items 2, 3 and 4 are combined together through our favourite app- Filterstorm by Tai Shimizu. Photo editing is synonymous with Adobe Photoshop on the desktop. On the iDevice, we prefer the clean, intuitive and efficient interface of Firestorm.

Edit masks, add Vignettes, Shadow Highlights, Clone Too, Text Tool, Curves, etc!

Edit masks, add Vignettes, Shadow Highlights, Clone Too, Text Tool, Curves, etc!

There are 2 versions of this app: Filterstorm Pro ($14.99) and Filterstorm ($3.99). We take a lot of pictures of our team in action shooting corporate films and events. We always enhance our images before uploading them onto Facebook or our blog. For us, Filterstorm itself more than satisfy our needs.

Filterstorm- you'll be tempted to use your iDevice as your preferred photo-editing platform!

Filterstorm- you'll be tempted to use your iDevice as your preferred photo-editing platform!

I’ve checked out its features and it has left me in awe. I’m even tempted to leave the desktop and edit all my photos on my iPad2. Its White Balance tool for example, is an exercise in simplicity and efficiency. Filterstorm even has cloning features!

The SD Card adaptor plugs into your iPad. The USB adaptor connects to your camera directly. Happy trails!

The SD Card adaptor plugs into your iPad. The USB adaptor connects to your camera directly. Happy trails!

As we trek through NAB 2012, we want to see what the genius designers and engineers have to offer and we don’t want to tire because our kit is bogging us down. We are living in a time of advanced technology, we should learn to bring less but do more!

Read up on the best photo-editing apps here: Photo Editing Apps For iPad