Photographers carry gear. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a pro with multiple camera bodies and lenses or a casual shooter with an ever-present point-and-shoot camera—there’s always stuff to pack along. And if you’re traveling or away from your office or studio, part of that gear typically includes a laptop for reviewing and backing up the photos you take. Too often I’ve heard friends who are about to go on vacation moan that they need to bring a bulky computer just to handle their digital photos.

The iPad is changing all that.

It’s a fantastic device to take into the field. The iPad Air measures less than a quarter of an inch thick and weighs about 1 pound. The iPad mini is the same thickness and only three-quarters of a pound. ...

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