Using the iPad as a Portable Light Table

Here’s a “duh” idea that might not have crossed your mind: you can use your iPad as a portable light table by displaying a blank page on the browser. Might be useful for those of you who are thinking of doing some printing in your bathroom or something.

Of course, you can use a cellphone too for things like 35mm negatives, but an iPad is much more similar to a portable light table. This idea is courtesy of photographer Dalton Rooney, whose free WordPress theme for photogs we featured a while back.

Image credit: Photograph by Dalton Rooney and used with permission

  • Miles

    I've seen quite a few people using iPads as a subtle light source in photos.

  • cmcintosh620

    The iPhone 3Gs has accessibility options like inverting the screen with three taps of the home button (easy access!) and I've been using that combined with the camera feature to make quick contact sheets, etc of negatives on a light table. Still requires a light table, but sometimes I just use my laptop screen with a blank white photoshop doc.