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How to take photos using your iPad

The dirty little secret of photo sharing via the internet is that most photos are viewed at a tiny fraction of their full resolution. A stunning 12 million pixel DSLR masterpiece when viewed at a standard size on Flickr is reduced to under one million pixels. What this means is that when it comes to viewing photos online, composition, colour and general interestingness account for a lot more than raw detail.

Enter VideoPix for iPad. We first mentioned VideoPix for iPad a few days ago, detailing the features of this powerful little app from See It With Us. In essence, it's a video frame grabber, enabling iPad users to pick a single frame from any non-DRM'd video and save it as an image to the iPad photo library.

Where VideoPix for iPad really comes into its own is when capturing stills from 720p HD footage. I tested VideoPix with various clips taken using the iPhone 4 in 720p HD and so far I've been really impressed with the results.

All the photos seen here have been captured from iPhone 4 footage using VideoPix for iPad. As you can see, when viewed at normal web display sizes they look as good as standard digital camera photos. To see the photos at full 1280 x 720 resolution point your browser at this Flickr set.

In some situations I can imagine not bothering with still photography at all and simply popping my iPhone HD video footage into VideoPix for iPad at a later date. As the resolution and general quality of iPhone video increases, I foresee this kind of 'photography' becoming more popular.

James Burland

Further reading: HD Video Frame Grabber for your iPad

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