What can I say, I caved in. I guess you can really call it caving in, but rather purchasing a tool. Why do I need to buy a graphics tablet, was my first question? It reminds me of the guy, who’s wife tells him that to do some chores around the house, over the weekend and he has to run to Home Depot to buy the right tool for the job. Does he really need it, no? But is it nice, yes!!!
I did a little research, and talked to a few of my fellow photographers, probably five in all. And I found out something new; they all used tablets for editing his or her pictures. With a stiff price tag, it won’t do the edits for you; but it sure makes using the mouse obsolete. Now granted, you cannot run down to your local camera store and try one out. So take your time and do your research. Here is some encouragement to help justify your purchase:
- One you’ve found a tablet you’re interested in, read the reviews, not just a couple, read them all of them. Try to find reviews from other photographers; they will be using it like you will.
- Talk to photographers you know and get his or her input; chances are they have one too and can recommend one, as well as share some pitfalls.
- It’s a dedicated clean surface. If your like 90% of the population your desk could use a little attention. A graphics tablet allows this one to always be free of clutter.
- A dream to setup compared to the old days. I’ve set up one of the earlier tablets with a serial connection and these new ones are the easiest by far.
- You can program the buttons for various applications like: InDesign, Lightroom, and Photoshop.
- The sensitivity of the pen is amazing.
- You didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas, so you need to buy yourself something.
For most of us, purchasing a tablet is an investment, so take your time and be sure to weigh all the options you need vs. the ones you would like and see if you can come up with an amicable solution. It takes a little getting used to, but push your mouse aside and replace it with your tablet. You’ll be happy you did.
I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.