Technical Tutorials

iPad Tutorial Of The Day – 06/07/10 – Importing Photos Using The Camera Connection Kit


I am writing a great new book all about the iPad and it is so exciting but I also wanted to share some excerpts with you along the way. Take a look at this one for example, you’ve got your ‘magical device’, your iPad and you’ve taken some great photos with your camera, now you want to share your images on your iPad. This tutorial will tell you exactly how to do that.

iPad Camera Connection Kit


Firstly, you need to use the Camera Connection kit – you can buy this directly from Apple for $29 in the US or £25 in the UK. The Camera Connection Kit consists of two adapters. The one on the left in the above photograph is the USB adapter, the one on the right is the SD Card adapter. Both plug into the dock connector port on the bottom of your iPad. In this exercise I used the SD Card adapter. The USB adapter would be useful if you had a camera that stored images in a different format, for example Compact Flash, by using this adapter you will still be able to transfer the images over to your iPad.



With the SD adapter inserted into my iPad and an SD card inserted into that, the above images were immediately apparent on the iPad. You can scroll through the complete card from this step and select the images you want to import.



In the above image you will see that I have selected three photos to import, you will see a blue tick next to them.

Selected Or All?


The iPad then gives you the choice of importing all of the images or only the selected ones.

Import Complete


Once the iPad has imported the images it will give you the option of deleting the images from your SD card, you can choose to Keep or Delete them.



When you click into iPhoto you will see the imported images under ‘last import’.

Single Image


It is then possible to examine the photo in greater detail or perhaps start a slide show.

Not Full Resolution


What I did notice was that the images do not come through at full resolution, each of these images were around 5 MB originally but after importing them to the iPad and opening them within iPhoto they were around 1.1 MB. This information tell us that the images are being optimized for the iPad screen and are really for display purposes.

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at:


  • StOOdi

    Importing RAW images is quite nice, cr2 in my case and they are imported in full size.

  • Dick

    How do I delete large groups of photos that were directly imported from my camera. I do not want to have to scroll through them one at a time. Where do I find a “delete all” command to touch? Dick