Adding Camera Functionality to the iPad

I’ve always envied those professional-looking product photos I see on websites, but I was never willing to invest in a fancy light box set-up.  When taking photos of items I wanted to sell on an auction site, I just found a neutral background and hoped the stains in my carpet wouldn’t show up too much.  Now with the help of my iPhone, iPad and some photo editing software, I can post pictures that promote the item and not solicit carpet cleaning services. Read on to find out how I did it.

The set-up is inexpensive and easy.  The iPad is resting on the stand included with the case.  The iPhone is positioned on a business card holder purchased at a local office supply store.  The two devices are communicating via the Camera for iPad app (99 cents in the iTunes store).  The app is installed on both devices.  Upon startup it automatically connects the two devices over Wifi or bluetooth.  The iPad sees whatever the iPhone is seeing.  With one click of the virtual shutter the picture is saved both to the iPhone and the iPad, ready for editing and posting to the web. I can even apply some virtual stain remover.  Hmmm…my old bluetooth headphones look pretty good.  I think I’ll hold to them after all.

Category: Photgraphy
Updated: May 5, 2010
Current version: 1.2
File size: 1.6 MB
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  Requires iOS 3.1 or later.
Rating: 8/10
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