Why I kicked my laptop to the curb and embraced my tablet

I remember 10 or more years ago when people were wondering if they could ever work off of their laptops completely without their desktop.  Fast forward to today- when tablets are quickly taking over as the new portable way to bring work with you!

I was completely against a tablet.  In fact my husband forced me to get one.  I didn't even want a new one because I was absolutely sure that I did not want one in the least.  To get my feet wet, we went to a pawn shop and bought an iPad.  I played around with it.  Still surfing the net on my phone. Checking email-on my phone.  Doing everything I'd always done-on my phone.  That iPad must have sat on a shelf for 2 or 3 months collecting dust.  It wasn't until I had coffee with a friend (who lives on nothing BUT his iPad) that I started to see some benefits.  He excitedly poured over all of the cool apps he had, the awesome blogs he was reading, the colorful galleries he had set up.  All of a sudden- the iPad was AMAZING!  I went from not caring about a tablet at all to completely embracing it.  

Needless to say- I loaded some great photography apps, was able to keep up with other blogs easier, and best of all, it was so light and thin that I could easily slip it into my bag when I was meeting with clients.  Showing them full galleries was a breeze- although I loved my laptop- I realized taking it with me to client meetings was a little cumbersome.  A tablet was better.  So. Much. Better.

A few apps I love: Feedly (great for keeping up with blogs all over the net!)  It keeps them all in one spot without having to surf your favorite sites.  Dropbox, Weatherbug, Twitter, Pages, and Pocket just to name a few.  Most of the apps I have are specific to my photo galleries, and my web hosting company.  

To solve the keyboard issue- because I NEED to type on a keyboard- I bought a Clam Shell case.  Yes, they are a little pricey- but totally worth it.  It's one of the best cases I've ever used.  

With everything we need to take with us nowadays, I can only imagine slipping my iPad into my messenger bag, along with my albums and studio samples.  I can no longer imagine bringing my laptop along.  

Really accepting my tablet was one of the best things I could have done.  I know it sounds ridiculous to some- but in all honesty- I'm very busy.  I don't have time to waste.  Tablets are quick, easy, light, small, and in my opinion a necessity for photographers.  I am interested in trying out Cam Ranger with it someday too- because I hear that is absolutely fabulous while you are shooting!! 

Until next week!

Leia Smethurst

Leia Smethurst Photography, PO Box 18694 , Oklahoma City, OK 73154, United States