Sure, it’s a bit goofy watching someone frame up a shot with a 7- or 10-inch screen in front of their face. But how much of that instinct to laugh and poke fun comes from sheer unfamiliarity? Besides, Apple’s not wrong to praise the obvious benefits (even if its motives are sales-based). Having that much screen real estate helps you better compose a shot, it lets you make sure you have the right subject in focus, and it’s much easier to review your results on a big Retina display instead of pinching-and-zooming on a phone or phablet. And with the increasing options for photo editing apps, the idea of being able to use one device from start to finish is getting more appealing.
THE IDEA OF BEING ABLE TO USE ONE DEVICE FROM START TO FINISH IS GETTING MORE APPEALING
It can be frustrating to watch someone fumble around as they hoist a tablet to take a photo, even more so if it’s blocking your view. But these days it feels useless to judge someone from afar for the camera they use or how they use it. I want to watch others go through that same process of trial-and-error that I did, and to see their results on photo-sharing apps like Instagram or VSCO. I want them to know how to capture important moments even if they only have a tablet with them, because we all have the ability to be citizen journalists now, even if many people never need to exercise that role.
IT FEELS USELESS TO JUDGE SOMEONE FOR THE CAMERA THEY USE OR HOW THEY USE IT
But if you’re in the market for both a tablet and a camera, the gap between those two products is thinning every day. And seeing how quickly the quality of tablet cameras is catching up, there’s no reason these other problems can’t be mitigated, too. If that means the only issue we’re left with is how ‘strange’ tablet photography looks to some people, all I can say is get over it. Tablet photography is here to stay.