Shooting Challenge: Tablet Gallery

When I saw this challenge I was sure that I would be unable to compete, considering I do not own a tablet, but I got lucky and ended up at my parent's house Wednesday and they own an iPad 2. I had no idea what to expect with it's camera so I went out and started snapping. I'm sure I looked psychopathic wandering around my parent's yard taking pictures with a giant chunk of aluminum and glass. I learned one thing though quite quickly... the iPad 2 has a non-focusing camera... I thought back to an article I read on PetaPixel about using a drop of water on the lens to take macro pictures. I didn't want to ruin my parent's iPad just for a photography challenge, so I wrapped the iPad in plastic wrap and decided to try cooking oil first. The oil allowed me to get much closer to my subjects than I would have otherwise, I tried it on everything I could find in my parent's back yard. Took some pictures of ants and everything, but the oil kept sliding around and shifting the focus. I would wipe it off and start again, but I never took anything I was proud of. I then finally tried a true drop of water, carefully flipped the iPad over, and went to take pictures. To my amazement the iPad had become a microscope of sorts, an 1/8th inch screw now took up 90% of the screen. I continued to take pictures and learned that the longer I was taking pictures the more the drop would dry up and the focus would return to normal. I tried a few more attempts and settled on this picture of that 1/8th inch screw. I touched up the saturation and contrast in photoshop express. I noticed that there was very little contrast in nearly every picture taken, I'm not sure if it was the drop of water or the iPad, but I did my best to adapt. For now on I think I'll stick with my 60D, I enjoyed the challenge though! - Adam Thompson


Shooting Challenge: Tablet Gallery Shot on an ASUS Transformer running ICS (finally...), using Photaf panorama software. "Standard" adjustments in Lightroom (i.e. no more /no less than I'd do to a shot from my D90). Sitting outside on my deck reading comics on my x-former... musing over whether I'd *ever* be able to participate in a Shooting Challenge
(lasers? extremely high-temperature sparks? jeez...). Leaned back and rested my head on the back door... And there was the answer. Try out this new pano software for Android I'd heard about, and get a nice shot of the evening sky. I think it turned out OK; remarkably well, taking the whole tablet thing into account. Oh, and btw, I felt like a *complete* tool waving the damned thing around in the air (overhead, mind you!). - Ben Alkov
Shooting Challenge: Tablet Gallery This picture was taken at my church after a mid-week Lenten service using my iPad2. No special settings however, I did use the Color Splash app to "highlight" certain aspects. I have only taken a few pictures with my iPad2 and now I know why, maybe "The New iPad" will be in my future or I will just stick with my Canon EOS for any real photography. Note: Both attachments are basically the same due to the resolution limitations of the camera. Thanks for the challenge! - Chuck Knobel
Shooting Challenge: Tablet Gallery I took this photo with my new iPad. I love the device but I am not super impressed with the camera capabilities: many photos come off pixelated, esp. in darker lighting conditions... So, instead of trying to do something that I would prefer to do with my t2i, I decided to go fun and use the photo booth app. I hope you enjoy it. Equipment: iPad 3, I mean, the new iPad. - Diego Jimenez
Shooting Challenge: Tablet Gallery HTC Flyer, Android 3, 5MP camera, no flash, no filters. This pictures was inspired by (ripped off from?) Edward Weston's Pepper No. 30. My peppers are habanero, wiped with a little vegetable oil, placed on romaine lettuce, lit close, front-right with a daylight florescent, black background. Yes, this picture was heavily Photoshopped but the original was surprisingly detailed to start with. I was able to shoot from about 3.5 inches! - Ed Zimmeth
Shooting Challenge: Tablet Gallery Tablet cameras for me lack the sharpness i would like. Of course new cameras now a days have better sensors. So here is a shot i took of a map of my home town of San German, Puerto Rico. My goal here is to try capture the best sharpness and color i could. I used my Asus Transformer TF101. It has a 5Mp camera, f/0, 1/6s, ISO-100, focal length of 3mm. A few touch ups in Photoshop to enhance the colors and here is my two cents for this week. - Felix Garcia
Shooting Challenge: Tablet Gallery Yesterday was actually a beautiful day. 80 degrees. Sunny. So why did I take a picture of a rain-filled drainage ditch in front of my apartment? I got all my errands run yesterday so I didn't have to go outside today. That also meant that I didn't have much time to take a nice, sun-shiny photo for Gizmodo's Tablet Photo Contest. With nothing left that I had to get done today except sit on the couch and either play video games or watch NCAA tournament basketball games, I also had some to decide what type of photo to take. With the rain so cold, I really didn't want to go far afield for it. So I chose a spot that I could see from my balcony and took the shot of some rocks in a drainage ditch. The ripples of rain drops in the collected water were an added bonus I think. Camera: iPad (3rd Gen.), f/2.4, 1/150 sec., 4.33 mm, ISO 80. - Jason Perry
Shooting Challenge: Tablet Gallery My family knows I'm on a low-carb diet, but they decided to make pancakes for dinner. My father came into the room with a Tupperware lid and the largest fork we had and a toothpick... The picture is tiny, tiny Pancakes and syrup next to a toothpick for comparison. I found it hilarious and decided to take a picture with my tablet for the contest. Device used: Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101, ISO: 100, Flash: Samsung Droid Charge in flashlight mode. Focal Length: 3.4mm, Stock camera application. - Joel Holowell
Shooting Challenge: Tablet Gallery
I call this shot, Most Common Place a Tablet is Used. Taken with an iPad2's default camera app. For lighting I used the existing lights in the location I was shooting in. That's me in the picture of course, I'll leave it up to you as the viewers to figure out the exact situation that is occuring during this shooting. I was trying to come up with an idea for this tablet contest while sitting on my most favorite 'thinking chair' and realized the shot was already set up and ready to go! Camera- iPad2, F-stop- f/2.4, Exposure time- 1/30 sec., ISO speed- ISO-125, Focal length- 2 mm - Josh Caine
Shooting Challenge: Tablet Gallery went to our local art museum, The Joslyn, this weekend to check out the Brooklyn Egyptian Exhibit. On the way I thought I'd see what the Shooting Challenge was this week and thankfully I had my shiny new iPad with me. As I perused the courtyard I saw this sculpture and found my muse for the challenge. Initially I was simply going to use the pattern in the sculpture as the entire image, however when I got home I came my submission image and suddenly I thought of The Son of Man painting (I'm likely alone in this as they're not similar at all, I'm just odd...) So yeah, I'm a bit bummed I didn't realize how much I dug the shot while I was still at the museum; I would have liked to compose the shot a little better, but overall I'm pleased with the image. As far as the technicals... It was taken with the New iPad (iPad 3G?) and its spiffy new 5 megapixel back lit CMOS camera. I used SnapSeed and Photogene on the iPad for slight tweaks, crops and straightening. - Joshua Winkelmann
Shooting Challenge: Tablet Gallery I just got my new iPad and wanted to test the camera. I noticed three dry erase markers on my desk and thought they would be a good test for bright colors. - Luke Mulcahy
Shooting Challenge: Tablet Gallery I took this photo with an iPad 2 (the iPad 3 is currently en route!). I wanted to take a shot from the perspective of the iPad and there's no doubt that the iPad 2's camera leaves something to be desired and I'm sure it knows it. I wonder if the iPad gives my camera and lenses snarky looks; gossips to the iPhones in the house about rumors of low batteries and dust-covered lenses. I bet the iPad dims its screen and turns down its volume when the 5DII approaches it. Jealous much? I put my Canon 5D Mark II and my 70-200 lens on a wooden table. The iPad was placed on the table, but upside down so that the height of the lens was less than an inch from the table, instead of the full height of the iPad. After getting the shot, I used the Best Camera App to add a few effects: 50% light, Paris effect, Frame. I then added a black border and a green color burn layer in Photoshop. I think the iPad camera provides a fun challenge, but with the iPad 2, the quality is the issue. I take photos with my iPhone 4 all day and feel proud to share them, even if they aren't taken with an SLR. The megapixels make for a big difference. Interested to see what The New iPad brings to the table (and in the case of this photo... literally!). - Martha Zink
Shooting Challenge: Tablet Gallery I really wanted to exploit the light of the golden hour, eschewing constructed shots for a more "found art" feeling. I spent a somewhat frantic 45 minutes capturing the late afternoon sun on anything it touched—flowers, vases, bookshelves, cats—before finding this shot. It's my friend's jewelry doll, radiating unnoticed day after day, until I bothered to stop and really look. Whether it was the magic of the hour, or simply the novel experience of a 9" HD viewfinder, the experience of shooting was surprising, exhilarating, and wholly enjoyable. (Slight temperature correction applied.) New Apple iPad, 4.3 mm, AE, 1/916 sec., f2.4, ISO 80 - Martin Higareda
Shooting Challenge: Tablet Gallery I splurged and ordered an iPad! This is my first tablet of any kind so I was super excited that this week's challenge would require an iPad. To throw a wrench in my plans though, we decided to go up to the mountains as a winter storm was moving into Southern California and we were hoping for snow. Of course, we have no internet connection at our cabin so I would have to wait setting up the iPad. I could use the camera however. It is incredibly awkward shooting with the iPad and I feel I must look like a complete idiot holding it up while taking a picture. After snapping a few shots of the wintery mountains from inside the cabin as it was snowing and I wasn't inclined to take my brand-new iPad out into the snow. I ended up taking a photo of the fire through the grate on the fireplace using one of the Photo Booth effects. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Hope you like it. Tech info: iPad (The All New iPad), 1/15, f/2.4, 4.3mm, ISO 1000. - Matthew Johnson
Shooting Challenge: Tablet Gallery When the prices recently dropped, I bought an IPad2 and started fooling around with the camera features. I had also just broken a bone in my foot so I was restricted to shooting from the sofa. This is a shot of our greyhound dreaming in her bed, taken with the back camera on the IPad2, using the Photo Booth app in the Kaleidoscope setting. I exported the shot to my laptop using PhotoSynch and adjusted the exposure a touch and then cropped it, both in Lightroom 3. I call it "Dog Dreams." For more serious stuff, I'll continue to use my Canon S90, but the IPad is fun nonetheless. And you know what they say, "You use the camera you have with you." - Peter Haas
Shooting Challenge: Tablet Gallery I do not own an iPad or an Android. I was not going to back off from this challenge just because of this. I am more familiar with iPads so I wanted to find an iPad on my own. It was going to be a challenge within a challenge. I went to the source of all iPad births. Apple. Specifically an apple store. All the iPads were tethered to tables and could only be lifted 45 degrees all around or something like that. So with the limited exposure I had, only able to stay in one spot and lift it to a limited degree, I took a few pictures in the store and emailed them to myself. With the pic I chose, I went into Photoshop, cropped a bit around the edges and applied a Dark Spectrum gradient. - Stacy Repin
Shooting Challenge: Tablet Gallery I knew exactly how I wanted to approach this challenge when I saw it announced. That's not to say it wasn't tough to pull off, because it turned out to be a lot more involved than I thought it would be. Final image shot with the New iPad (iPad Neue?) using the Camera App at ISO 80, f2.4 and 1/24 second exposure. Edited with the new iPhoto update and cropped/resized into the Giz contest dimensions using Photoshop CS5. Here's the setup involved in creating this shot: Took two pictures with a tripod-mounted DSLR: One with the boyfriend holding his iPad, and one without it. Told him to stay put while I ran downstairs and edited the two images in photoshop. Without getting too complicated, I basically used the two images to create a wallpaper-sized image of his hands that would make his iPad look see-through at the right angle. Emailed the resultant image to the boyfriend, still patiently immobile upstairs. Had the boyfriend set the image I'd just sent as his iPad's wallpaper, and had him hold it just like in the very first picture. Took my iPad and got into the same position I'd been in earlier to take the two setup shots. With some finagling, I got the table and knickknacks all to line up with the image we'd set as the background on his iPad. Took maybe 6-7 shots with the iPad using the Camera App before we landed on one that nails the perspective. Edited that last shot with iPhoto, as mentioned earlier. So there you have it. An image of a tablet that appears to be see-through because of the sneaky background wallpaper, and it was taken with another tablet. Mind. Blown. - Steven B. Wheeler