10 Ways Your iPad Can Help Your Photographic Workflow

Being a photographer is more than pointing your camera and clicking a button. If you want to turn it from a hobby into something bigger, or just want to educate others about your work, you can quickly find yourself overwhelmed without the proper systems in place.

Luckily, you’ll find an abundance of technology these days that can help you with this, one of which is an iPad.

Although buying an iPad is an expensive initial investment, it will more than pay off if you use it effectively in your workflow. This article identifies 10 ways these devices can help you.


1. Keep track of deadlines


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Setting and meeting deadlines is crucial if you want to grow as a content creator. Their follow-up is just as important, especially if you work with clients.

Although you can keep your deadlines on your laptop, it’s easy to forget about them. And while there’s nothing stopping you from using your smartphone, it’s wise to keep your work and personal life separate.

With an iPad, you can use multiple apps to track your deadlines. Google Calendar has several productivity-enhancing features, and your native Apple Calendar will also work just fine.

2. Experiment with new styles

As you gain experience as a photographer, your style will naturally evolve. But before you post your new photos on your website or social media, it’s a good idea to see how they look outside of the internet.

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With your iPad, it’s easy to quickly edit your shots and try out new looks you haven’t created yet. Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop have many applications for this device.

Once you’re done editing, you can decide if your new style is something you really want to pursue.

3. Edit on the go


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Yes, you can take your laptop everywhere. However, you might not always want to do this, and using your iPad on the go is much easier.

If you have a ton of images to edit, doing it on your iPad is a great way to get through a long train or bus trip. You can transfer images from your camera via Bluetooth before importing them into your favorite editing software.


You will only be able to edit JPEG files if you send the photos from your camera to your iPad. However, you can take this opportunity to determine how you want to process RAW files and send prototypes to customers.

Related: JPEG, GIF or PNG? Image file types explained and tested

4. Organize daily tasks

To avoid feeling overwhelmed as a photographer, it is essential to organize each day in advance. Your iPad is a great tool if you don’t want to waste paper or open extra tabs and apps on your computer.

Once you’ve purchased your iPad, you can use your Notes app to keep track of your daily tasks. Alternatively, Todoist is worth looking into, especially if you want to break down each one.

5. Learn new skills


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If you want to succeed in any creative field in the long term and eventually become an innovator, you should strive to learn as much as possible. These days, you’ll find plenty of resources that will help you become a better photographer and business owner.

Let’s say you don’t want to use your computer beyond a certain time every night; in this case, an iPad is more suitable for taking courses and reading articles than your smartphone. Why? Because it has a bigger screen.

YouTube works well on Safari and iPad app versions, and you can also download specific course platforms, such as Skillshare.

Related: The best photography YouTube channels to subscribe to

6. Publish your work online

If your main goal is to build an audience for your photography, now you have more tools than ever. Building a website is cheap and easy, and you can post your content to countless social media platforms.

The best thing about growing an online presence is that you can do it without a computer. It’s very easy to publish your photos from your iPad and to write articles is simple, even more so if you buy an extension keyboard.

Keep in mind that Instagram’s app doesn’t work as well on the iPad, so you’ll probably want to stick with your smartphone for that particular platform. The rest is fair game, however.

7. Connect with your audience

You don’t need social media to be successful as a photographer, but using it properly is a great way to improve your online presence. One of the best ways to get noticed is to create a genuine connection with your audience.

If you don’t want to use your computer or smartphone, running your social media accounts from your iPad is a great way to do that and keep you from mindlessly scrolling. You can choose whether you want to set aside time each day to check and receive notifications directly.

Related: How to connect with your audience as a photographer

8. Invoice customers

If you’ve decided to monetize your photography skills, you need to have a system in place to help you collect payments from clients. But for creators without an accountant, it can get quite stressful.

Luckily, you can use multiple accounting platforms these days. Most of them work well on iPad and let you send professional-looking invoices with minimal friction. Fiverr Workspace (formerly AND.CO) is worth reviewing, as well as Wave Invoicing.

9. Write down your thoughts


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You probably have hundreds of random thoughts throughout the day when you least expect them. If you don’t deal with them, they will take up unnecessary space in your head.

To avoid switching between tabs on your computer, you can use your iPad to dump all your business and creative ideas. You don’t need anything special for this; the Notes app will work just fine.

10. Plan future content

As you become more comfortable as a photographer, you will need to become more strategic by planning your content in advance. If you do this, you’ll save yourself a lot of decision fatigue, which will improve the quality of your work.

If used correctly, your iPad can be a great tool for planning future photoshoots, blog posts, and more. Again, there are plenty of solutions you can use for this, including Asana and Calendar.

Related: Asana Hacks You Need To Know

An iPad can be a crucial investment for your photography business

Becoming a successful photographer requires help along the way, both human and technological. Buying an iPad is a great way to create more structure in your workflow and avoid overwhelming yourself in the process.

When you buy an iPad, it’s worth creating a separate Apple ID from the one you use for personal devices. Also, you should only use it to improve your photography or run your business. By keeping it strictly for these reasons, you’ll avoid distractions and maximize these tips.


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Stewart C. Hartline