The Practicing Photographer
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The Practicing Photographer

with Ben Long

Video: Using your iPad as a second monitor

I've spent a lot of time piecing together And now that should be out there broadcasting through the universe.
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  1. 3m 24s
    1. Taking a portrait that's tightly cropped or slightly obscured NEW
      3m 24s
  2. 1m 35s
    1. Introducing The Practicing Photographer
      1m 35s
  3. 9h 29m
    1. Choosing a camera
      5m 27s
    2. Looking at light as a subject
      2m 22s
    3. Using a small reflector to add fill light
      5m 45s
    4. Editing photo metadata with PhotosInfo Pro for iPad
      6m 30s
    5. Let your lens reshape you
      7m 26s
    6. Compositing street photography images with Photoshop
      7m 44s
    7. Expand your filter options with step-up and step-down rings
      3m 56s
    8. Shooting without a memory card
      3m 6s
    9. Give yourself a year-long assignment
      5m 28s
    10. Working with reflections
      1m 26s
    11. Exploring mirrorless cameras
      7m 25s
    12. Batch processing photos with the Adobe Image Processor
      7m 30s
    13. Limiting yourself to a fixed-focal-length lens
      2m 13s
    14. Creating tiny worlds: Shooting technique
      4m 15s
    15. Creating tiny worlds: Post-processing techniques
      11m 41s
    16. Shooting macro shots on an iPhone
      3m 18s
    17. Using a tripod
      3m 33s
    18. Wildlife and staying present
      5m 58s
    19. Batch exposure adjustments on raw files
      6m 52s
    20. Why Shoot Polaroid
      11m 12s
    21. Seizing an opportunity
      4m 4s
    22. Four photographers do a light-as-subject exercise
      12m 24s
    23. Shooting macro bug photos with a reversed lens
      4m 54s
    24. Varnishing a photo for a painterly effect
      13m 36s
    25. Shooting wildlife
      7m 24s
    26. Discussion on how to shoot architecture
      12m 27s
    27. Using a lens hood
      4m 48s
    28. Working with themes
      2m 48s
    29. Setting up an HDR time lapse
      7m 55s
    30. Processing an HDR time lapse
      7m 55s
    31. Two perspectives on travel photography
      12m 28s
    32. Scanning Photos
      5m 37s
    33. Photo assignment: shooting an egg
      3m 13s
    34. Reviewing the egg shot images
      6m 47s
    35. Shooting in your own backyard
      4m 38s
    36. Jpeg iPad import process
      3m 17s
    37. Shooting a product shot in open shade
      9m 34s
    38. Reviewing the product shot images
      4m 5s
    39. Warming up
      3m 26s
    40. Taking a panning action shot
      10m 17s
    41. Scanning polaroid negatives and processing in Photoshop
      8m 17s
    42. Shooting a silhouette
      3m 9s
    43. Going with an ultra-light gear configuration
      5m 29s
    44. Working with masks and calculations in Photoshop
      12m 38s
    45. Working with flash for macro photography
      4m 56s
    46. Colorizing a black and white photo in Photoshop
      5m 10s
    47. Using duct tape and zip ties in the field
      4m 14s
    48. When the on camera flash is casting a shadow
      3m 4s
    49. Using Lightroom on the road
      6m 28s
    50. Listening to your camera to get good exposure
      2m 20s
    51. Shooting a successful self portrait with a phone
      7m 18s
    52. Switching to Lightroom from another application
      9m 48s
    53. Photographing animals in wildlife refuges
      6m 41s
    54. Shooting level
      2m 42s
    55. Photoshop and Automator
      8m 54s
    56. Shooting when the light is flat
      3m 23s
    57. Discussing the business of stock photography
      9m 48s
    58. Shooting tethered to a monitor
      3m 21s
    59. Making a 360 degree panorama on the iPhone
      4m 45s
    60. Understanding the three flash setup
      3m 34s
    61. Shooting a three flash portrait
      4m 6s
    62. Understanding the differences with third party lenses
      4m 43s
    63. Understanding why files look different on depending on device
      5m 25s
    64. Working with a geotagging app on the iPhone
      4m 43s
    65. Using high speed flash sync to dim ambient light
      7m 29s
    66. Using your iPad as a second monitor
      5m 46s
    67. Understanding exposure with a leaf shutter camera
      3m 28s
    68. Photography practice through mimicry
      8m 8s
    69. Canon wireless flash with built in radio control
      5m 59s
    70. Posing and shooting pairs of people
      5m 35s
    71. Shooting with a shape in mind
      3m 15s
    72. Shooting tethered to a laptop
      4m 40s
    73. Softboxes vs. umbrellas
      2m 55s
    74. Getting your project out into the world
      6m 25s
    75. Exploring how to think about shooting a new environment
      3m 56s
    76. Discussing the book "The Passionate Photographer" with Steve Simon
      6m 4s
    77. Highlighting iOS 8 updates on the iPhone5S
      10m 46s
    78. Exploring manual controls with iOS 8 and ProCamera
      5m 30s
    79. Understanding how to compose with an empty sky
      4m 54s
    80. Using an iPhone to make a print in the darkroom
      7m 16s
    81. How to use glycerin as a photography tool
      2m 16s
    82. Understanding micro focus adjustment and Lens Align
      11m 19s
    83. Working with hair in post
      3m 28s
    84. Taking a quick portrait and directing a subject
      5m 50s
    85. Getting inspired through the work of others
      11m 22s
    86. Taking a flattering portrait with flash
      4m 21s
    87. Creating an unaligned HDR image
      3m 3s
    88. Exploring how to use Bokeh
      5m 38s
    89. Shooting stills from a drone
      6m 57s
    90. Using a monitor to get a first person view of the aerial camera
      8m 0s
    91. Understanding lens profile correction
      5m 33s
    92. Working with models
      2m 40s
    93. Understanding the labels on SD cards
      10m 32s
    94. Setting up a macro time lapse of a flower
      6m 18s

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Watch the Online Video Course The Practicing Photographer
9h 34m Appropriate for all May 16, 2013 Updated Feb 26, 2015

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In The Practicing Photographer, photographer and teacher Ben Long shares a weekly serving of photographic instruction and inspiration. Each installment focuses on a photographic shooting scenario, a piece of gear, or a software technique. Each installment concludes with a call to action designed to inspire you to pick up your camera (or your mouse or smartphone) to try the technique for yourself.

Ben Long

Using your iPad as a second monitor

I've spent a lot of time piecing together a field photography workflow situation that I like. And what I mean is, I spend a lot of time on the road and I want to be able to do post-production on the road, so. Finding the right set of software and hardware that lets me do the post-production that I want when I'm in the field and, that lets me integrate back into the post production system that I have back at home. It's been tricky, but I finally feel like I got it working except, that I really miss that big 23 inch monitor that I had at home. I usually travel with either an 11 or 13 inch laptop.

And I also usually travel with an iPad and just recently, I've learned that there's software that lets me use the iPad as a second monitor on my computer. This is great. It allows me to have more screen real estate, which starts to give me back some of that nice big monitor that I have at home. So, this week on The Practicing Photographer, I want to show you how that works and see why it's a great advantage if you're a photographer. I'm using a program called Air Display, which is made by a company called Avatron. For this to work, you have to install a client application on your Mac and you have to install an application on your iPad.

This offer is also available for Windows machines and android. So it kind of doesn't matter what hardware you are using, you're probably going to be able to get this to work. The way the communication works between the two devices is via Wi-Fi. So you need to be on a Wi-Fi network. Now that doesn't do me much good when I'm camping. Fortunately, Air Display will work with an ad hoc network. An ad hoc network means, I'm creating that Wi-Fi network out of my computer. It's becoming a Wi-Fi hub. It won't have any internet connection, but it will at least, put out a Wi-Fi signal that others devices can connect to.

So, I'm going to do that, just so you can see how that works. I actually have a bunch of Wi-Fi networks that I can connect to here, they all work fine. But most of the time I might, where I'm really doing field work where I might be somewhere where there's no Wi-Fi. On the Mac, I just go up here to the Wi-Fi menu and say, Create Network. It gives me a, a default name and I can choose to put whatever kind of encryption on it I want. I'm just going to say, create. And now that should be out there broadcasting through the universe. So what I need to do is get my iPad connected to that network, I'm going to do that just as I would connect to any other Wi-Fi network.

It doesn't show up here in the choose the network section though, it's down here under devices. So I'm going to click on MacBook Air, it warns me that this network is not connected to the internet, that's fine. I'm going to say join anyway. And now these two devices are connected via Wi-Fi. So the next thing I do is go over here to the Air Display app and launch it. And now, I don't know, if there's a bug or what. But when I'm on a Wi-Fi network, Air Display gives me a warning that I'm not, but I am. So I'm just going to say, OK. It's now waiting for a connection from the computer.

Air Display on the Mac installs this little icon up here on your menu bar. When I open it, it looks for all of the iOS and Android devices that are broadcasting or even window devices. I can use another computer as a second monitor. This is my iPad, I am just going to say, Connect. And here we go, I have a second monitor here now on my computer, just to prove that to you. I going to open a window here, and you can see I can drag it off, right over here onto this monitor. It really does work, just like a normal second monitor would. I can even go up here to System Preferences.

Go to Displays, and I get all the normal interface including Arrangement. I can tell it where the second monitor is. I can move the menu bar around. I can even change the resolution settings, just like I would with a normal monitor. Where it becomes cool for a photographer is in an application like Lightroom or Aperture that has built-in support for multiple monitors. I'm going to switch over to Lightroom now. And, by default, I get just a normal Lightroom display here.

It's, it's working just in single monitor mode. But if I go up here to the Window menu and go to Secondary Display, I can tell it what I want my second monitor to be. So, I'm gong to set this here, on Full Screen. So now, I've got my thumbnails over here, and I've got a nice full screen display over here. This saves me a lot of time from having to go back and forth between, switching to full screen, I can keep an eye on my contact sheet and see a nice preview. This is great for when I'm copying edits from, from one image to another, I can stay in grid mode, which is the interface I need to be copying and pasting edits, but I can also be keeping an eye on the full screen over here.

There are lots of other things I can do with my secondary display, I got lots of options here for seeing compare mode over here, slide show mode over here. A 100% loop view over here. So, that's just one thing I can do with my dual display. If I'm running photo shop, I don't have a built-in dual display feature like that, but there are a lot of things still that I can do with a secondary monitor. I can take the palettes that I use regularly and move them over here, that's a little small maybe. I can set up my iPhone as another display and, and just keep palettes on that, which would be ridiculous, but it looks really cool.

The nice thing about Air Display is that it can drive up to four different iOS or Android devices at once. Or, maybe I don't even want to split a Photoshop across screens, I just want more screen real estate for the different things that I'm doing. Maybe I'm working in Photoshop with the idea of throwing images into a page layout program, I can have InDesign running over here. Maybe I've got something running over here that's not even photo related. I keep my mail program over here or, cat videos running, something like that. So, I've just back to the functionality that I'm used to having at home. I've got a nice big amount of screen real estate to work with, and I'm doing it with the hardware that I carry with me all the time anyway.

So Air Display, it's $9.99 for the iOS version and I feel like it pays for itself with just a single road trip.

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