This Man is Thankful He Uses His iPad as a Digital Camera

People often give iPad photographers a hard time for trying to use an unwieldy tablet as a casual snapshot camera. Tom, the iPad photog seen in the video above, is one person who is glad he was using his iPad as a camera. You see, his iPad-ography saved him from a good deal of pain.

The video, uploaded by YouTube user MsMiataMiss, captures Tom taking pictures at a University of Iowa women’s softball game.


8 seconds into the video, we see a batter hit a foul ball that unfortunately flies straight at Tom’s face. Luckily, his iPad was in the perfect position. It deflected the ball away from Tom, saving his head from a good deal of pain.

What’s more, the iPad doesn’t appear to have sustained any damage of its own, either. Tom picked it right up, dusted it off, and happily resumed snapping photographs of the tournament.

(via CNET)

Thanks for sending in the tip, Leonardo!

  • Nick

    That net should have done it’s job and kept him from pain. So if he didn’t have his iPad there, he should have been fine. It wasn’t like he was leaning over the rail.

  • Mansgame

    Too bad it didn’t break the thing. It’s already rude to block people’s view by him being that close to the action, but he’s going out of his way to make sure nobody else can see what’s going on or get a picture in.

  • Leonardo Abreu

    You’re welcome!

  • Adam Cross

    everyone seems quite content and jovial, he’s also doesn’t seem worried his ipad almost died – no point complaining about it

  • Guillermo Lamphar

    I will lol at people using Ipads for that for like 5 more years. What a lucky man, by the way.

  • Sean Murphy

    i would like to see the video on his camera!

  • tertius_decimus

    Who needs posts like this? Nothing interesting, nor exciting.

  • Mantis

    You must be fun at parties.

  • a

    You actually think he gets invited to parties?

  • gabriel.s

    I like the way PetaPixel mixes interesting news with mediocre ones and even with no-news like this. Whether you are a photography genius or an idiot, there is always something for you on PP.

  • Marius

    I like the way you read the mediocre news and the no news and you waste your time on comments. this was very funny from my pov.

  • gabriel.s

    No sir, it was not a waste of time. What you’ve found funny is called customer feed-back.

  • 9inchnail

    Customer? So how much exactly did you pay to be here?

  • Real

    What a Padhole!

    The camera sucks, it blocks the view for people behind you… if you’re at an event like this please respect people around you and stop being a douche.

    Just because you “can” take pictures at these crowded places with an iPad, doesn’t mean you should. Just like farting!

  • Duke Shin

    I’ll just leave this here.

  • Mansgame

    I am very fun at parties. What I don’t like is when I’m at an outdoor concert where everybody is sitting down and the idiot in the front puts his iPad up for the entire 20 minutes taking a video without a concern for those behind him.

  • Ken Akiva Shapero

    If the idiot was not being so rude as to using an ipad as a camera, he might have just seen the ball and plainly moved his head or even caught. Dumb ass.

  • DamianM

    But Mansgame, you love digital technology’s .Suck it up

  • gabriel.s

    Would you be happier if I said “reader feedback”? Whether we pay or not, we are customers. Check up the dictionary for “customer” before making silly comments.

  • Noam

    It really annoys me to see
    people shoot vertical videos on their Ipads and Iphones.
    TVs are hoizontal folks!

  • Roy

    customer |ˈkəstəmər|
    1 a person or organization that buys goods or services from a store or business: Mr. Harrison was a regular customer at the Golden Lion | [ as modifier ] : customer service.
    2 a person or thing of a specified kind that one has to deal with: the fish is a slippery customer and very hard to catch | Jon won over Lucie’s father, but her mother is a tough customer.

    Definition #1 implies a purchase (“buys”) so I suppose you’d fit definition #2.

  • wiedenu

    As an alumnus of the University of Northern Iowa, I can tell you that is where the game was being played. You can see “UNI-Dome” in the background.