Top Apps and Accessories for Transferring Photos to Your iPad

Whether you’re traveling this summer or just taking photos around home, your iPad can be a handy tool to use alongside your camera.

Amateur or professional, DSLR or point and shoot, these apps and accessories will help you get your photos from your camera to your iPad and then onto the web.

The first step when using your iPad in conjunction with your camera is getting the photos from your camera onto the tablet. There are a few ways of doing this, either wirelessly or with the Camera Connection Kit from Apple.

Apple’s Camera Connection Kit ($29) plugs into the USB port of your iPad and accepts SD cards or the USB connection port from your camera. It supports both JPEG and RAW, plus SD and HD video formats, making it perfect for both photographers and videographers.

If you’re looking for a more hands off solution that’s a bit more instantaneous, a wireless memory card in your camera can be a great choice. The Eye-Fi ($40-$80) has its ups and downs, being slow to transfer, especially with RAW photos, but if you have the time, or if you use a point and shoot camera, you’ll likely be very happy with this option.

Once your photos are on your iPad, there are quite a few apps you can download to get the photos from your tablet and onto the web, including social networks. PhotoSync ($1.99) is the perfect uploading app because it’s ultra simple to use (check out our review) and can transfer your photos to Dropbox, Picasa, Facebook, SmugMug, Flickr, 500px, and more.

PhotoSync is almost entirely automatic, and it’s also a good option if you need to transfer photos to your computer. Of course, if you only use a few social networks, you might want to download the direct apps for uploading your photos. Flickr has a free app, as does Facebook. Other popular photo sharing websites like 500px and SmugMug also have free apps that you can use to download your photos.

If you have a camera and an iPad and don’t currently use them together, you’re missing out. With these apps and accessories, you can leave the cords and the computer behind, while still being able to get your photos on the web with ease.

Do you have any tips and tricks for photo management on your iPad? Feel free to share!

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