Which case do I use for my iPad Pro? Read this and find out.

I tried a few cases for my iPad Pro. Well more than a few.

But I settled on the Logitech Keyboard Create Case with Backlight and Smart Connector for iPad Pro, 9.7 inch.

I bought mine from Amazon.

It wasn't cheap - £109. Now though it is down to less than £90 (at the time of writing this post.) 

Why do I like this case? 

Well I will get the problem out of the way first. I lose all that loveliness of the iPad. The sleek metal case. All that lovely design. 

It's all hidden away.  Apart from the screen of course!

But safe and secure, and has survived over a year of being taken everywhere I go. And I mean everywhere, every day. 

The case transforms my iPad Pro into an effective working machine. I have not taken my iPad out of this case since I got it.

The QWERTY keyboard is great to use. And backlit which I find essential. I prefer using this to my actual PC for writing stuff now. And the case works great as a stand to allow me to watch stuff. 

An expensive case but a very good case which works very well. 

All in all very happy with this purchase. And the way I know I am happy with something is when I stop looking for a better one!

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And here are 10 reasons why I love my iPad Pro.

And here are 10 reasons why I love my iPad Pro.

  1. The screen is amazing.
  2. It is very quick.
  3. My laptop is no longer a laptop. It hans't moved since I got my iPad Pro.
  4. The battery lasts ages and ages.
  5. Email is easy and syncs seamlessly from my PC to my iPad.
  6. I watch all my training videos and video podcasts on it.
  7. I work on it every day.
  8. I write most of my blog posts on it.
  9. It is my mobile office and portfolio (very important).
  10. It syncs with my iPhone seamlessly (most of the things about my iPhone I can say about the iPad and vice verse).

My iPad Pro really has transformed the way I work. Syncing with Lightroom Mobile means I have all the photographs I want with me wherever I go, and in meetings I can edit in front of the client. When I say edit I mean I can make quick adjustments to show a different look/ feel.

And I can instantly show before/ after.

I am quite careful with my technology - new gear has to improve how I work - I do not buy gear for the sake of it.

And the iPad Pro gives me so much more.

And it is lovely and very cool indeed.

Writing this post has made me think how much I would lose if I did not have an iPad Pro. And that is quite a scary thought!

For the iPad Pro I say thank you Apple!

Rick McEvoy Photography - Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks, London, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire 

Day 6 – I didn’t like the Apple Watch but I love my iPhone 7 Plus

Sorry about the Apple Watch Apple – to redress the balance 10 reasons why I love my iPhone 7 Plus.

1 – It just works.

2 – The camera is ace.

3 – Video capture is fantastic

4 – The podcast app is excellent and I use it every day

5 – I use the email app every day

6 – There are lots of other apps that I use

7 – Lightroom Mobile gives me my images wherever I go with all the Lightroom edits

8 – It has very good battery life

9 – The quality of the screen is astounding for a phone.

10 – It syncs with my iPad pro seamlessly

I could go on. But I did say 10 reasons.

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My review of the Apple Watch - Day 6

Apple Watch - Day 6

OK – enough is enough. What did the Apple Watch actually do for me?

Gave me instant notifications when I got an email. I don’t actually want this.

Messages – yes that is great – I knew straight away when I got a message. But replying from the watch was pretty much a waste of time.

Navigation using the Maps App was of no use to me.

Other than that?

  • I am not interested in how many steps I have taken.
  • I am not interested in how many minutes exercise I have achieved when I have not done any anyway.
  • I do not want to be told to stand up.
  • I do not want to be told when to breathe.
  • All those notifications I found irritating.
  • The music function was of no use to me.
  • I want to know the time and the date. That is what I need from a watch.
  • What is the point of a bedside clock with a blank screen?

I do not need an Apple Watch. If I don’t need it I don’t want it. So I have sent it back.

Sorry Apple - lovely gadget – but I really had no need for it. I just didn't get it.

This is not an anti Apple thing – far from it. I have an iPhone 7 Plus which I use all the time and is fantastic. I have an iPad Pro which has revolutionised the way I work. It has made my photography business pretty much a mobile entity I can take with me anywhere.

But the Apple Watch? Sorry but I don’t get it at all.

And as for the price? £300 is a lot of money for something that did very little for me.

Thankfully the returns process was nice and straightforward.

I am looking forward to spending my £300 on something else.

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My review of the Apple Watch - Day 6 - Goodbye Apple Watch – hello Animal watch

To be honest I am relieved that I do not have the Apple Watch any more.  It became an annoyance and a frustration.

I am back to my good old faithful Animal watch with hands that rotate round the watch face! And if the month has anything other than 31 days in it I have to manually adjust the date.

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My review of the Apple Watch - Day 5

Today I find myself with no reason to do anything with my watch other than tell the time. I have turned off all the notifications I can turn off, and ignore the regular notification of emails etc, as I do not need/ want this. So I am left with a watch.

5 days in and I have pretty much lost interest. Time to check the Apple returns policy. Which was pretty much the end for me.

I have to say that there is nothing wrong with the watch - it is an incredibly clever piece of kit. I just can’t find a use for it other than to tell the time. But to do that I have to move my arm.

So indifference has set in, along with the knowledge that I am £300 down and have a device I don’t really like.

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My review of the Apple Watch - Day 4

Apple Watch - Day 4

Today I am trying the Maps App in conjunction with my iPhone – see how it goes getting directions on my Apple Watch.

Why?

I am desperately trying to find a use for this lovely but expensive piece of kit. The only thing this watch gives me so far is the ability to tell the time and show me the date. As long as I move.

I have not found any other use for it yet. I am just not getting it.

So I have added home and work locations into my own personal contact entry, and am going to try them out and see how I get on.

Well getting notifications whilst driving proved dangerous so I turned it off.

That’s a no then.

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My review of the Apple Watch - day 3

Apple Watch – Day 3

OK. The novelty of shiny new has definitely worn off. So this morning I put my watch on and decided to try something positive. I need to give this device time and use it.

So I tried the music app in the watch. I can control music on my iPhone from my watch. But thinking about this – what is the point? All I am doing is using something smaller to control something that has to be with me or I can’t hear the music. It is making something easy more difficult.

And there is another point. I noticed a red icon appearing on the watch display. Turns out it has disconnected from my phone. And when this happens it is just a watch.

Day three with the Apple Watch sees me liking it less and less.

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My review of the Apple Watch - Day 2

A full day using my new Apple Watch. I need to get used to having a blank screen on my watch unless I move my arm, and also to my watch face activating whenever I move my arm.

I achieved my standing and fitness goals today, along with 20 out of 30 minutes of exercise. Without doing any exercise.

And I managed to stand for 15 out of 12 hours today.

Hmmmmm.

Apart from that the watch tells the time, and beeps/ vibrates whenever I get an email or other notification. Including telling me to stand up.

I managed to make my watch into a bedside clock though, albeit it one with a blank screen.

And the battery lasted all day, still having 45% charge when I went to bed.

Summary of my thoughts today – it all works fine, and is very nice, but what benefits do I actually get from a watch costing £300???

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My review of the Apple Watch - Day 1

I ordered an Apple Watch. The series one version. 42mm case. Black strap. Grey case. 

It has arrived. 

Typical immaculate packaging. But to be honest I am not bothered about that. All I am bothered about is the watch, and what this device costing £299 gives me. 

I have an iPhone 7 Plus, and an iPad Pro (on which I am writing this) which are both fantastic.  The Apple Watch I am not sure about. 

So let's give it a go. 

Set-up was slick, syncing with my iPhone a doddle. I chose a watch face and within a few minutes the watch was on my wrist and working.  Took a while to get the bits I wanted on there, but I got there quite quickly.

Initial thoughts? I am not keen on the strap. But I should get used to that. And I am not sure what it is going to do for me.

But I do have an open mind - surely this device is going to enhance my daily life? 

Other than that all shiny and new and good. 

Until tomorrow.

One last thing - I ordered mine from Apple direct - it is also available from Amazon of course. But the price always seems to the the same......

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So why should you choose me to photograph your building? Here are 10 reasons to start with!

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing the selection of work on my architectural photographer web page.

I will post all 12 images tomorrow – just the images, no waffle from me.

I would like to summarise the posts of the last couple of weeks, and answer the question – why should you choose me to photograph your building?

Here are 10 reasons, which I hope are enough for you to get in touch with me.

1 – I am a Chartered Builder - MCIOB

I have a lifetime of professional experience in the construction industry.

2 – I am professionally qualified in photographer – LBIPP

I am a Licentiate in the British Institute of Photographers. What does LBIPP mean? According to the BIPP website LBIPP is an

“Entry level qualification, showing an established professional level of skill and competence”.

So that’s all good then. And that was a couple of years ago to be fair, and my photography work has developed rather a lot since then.

3 – My photography equipment

I use specialist equipment. The equipment I use for my architectural photography work has been refined over the years, giving me very specific equipment for specific subjects, locations and environments.

4 – I love photographing architecture

This is not a job I hate doing. I love buildings, architecture, interiors and indeed construction sites. So, you get a big bundle of enthusiasm when you commission me. And you know what they say about people who enjoy what they do?

5 – My creative eye

I have an eye for light, details, composition, tones and textures. And details. I view things as a photographer. And, I view things as a construction professional. A great combination for an architectural photographer!

6 – My business skills

I have worked professionally in construction for over 30 years, have two companies of my own, and I am my businesses. There is just me to deal with, and if I do not do great work that people want I don’t get paid. It really is that simple!

7 – Personal service

You deal with me. Only me. All the way through from start to finish. I take the photos and I edit the photos – there is no outsourcing anywhere.

8 - Image processing

Architectural photography is a specialised, technical discipline. Pictures of buildings must be technically correct, with straight lines and correct colours but also looking natural.

And this is my specialism.

9 – My personality

I like people. I have spent a lifetime working in the construction industry, and get on with people at all levels.

10 – My professionalism

I pride myself on providing a high quality professional service on every job. I am not cheap, and if you are after the cheapest photographer it will not be me, but I provide high quality pictures and a high-quality service.

There you have it. 10 reasons why you should choose me to photograph your building. 

You can get in touch by phone, email or via my contact page - I really don't mind - just get in touch. 

Rick McEvoy PhotographyArchitectural photographer Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks, London, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire

An essential piece of photogrpahy gear - my pocket notebook - the same dilemma as buying a camera bag!

There are some things that I never seem to find the perfect one of. 

Camera bags is one thing. I am loving my Peak Design Everyday Backpack, but I still use other bags as well. This bag has been my go to bag ever since I got to it to be fair. I think I just need to get the 30 litre one as well, which is currently available from Amazon for £260 (at the time of writing). 

Notebooks are another thing. I have just received a "Nu Elite Prestige A7 Jotter" from Amazon - lets see how I get on with this pocket notebook costing less than a fiver. I carry a notebook with me everywhere - I am not a fan of storing notes on my phone.

MAybee it's just an age thing........ 

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Buying stuff from Amazon again.