With 2020 drawing to a close, many of us are looking forward to a more prosperous new year.  A well worn phrase which has a greater significance than normal.  As a photographer I have been encouraged by the ingenuity and effort made by many photographers to pursue their craft, despite facing the challenges presented by COVID-19.  I have also been saddened by the news of the pandemic crippling so many businesses.

For myself, I am unable to say that I have pursued any great project, although I am happy to report, that I have not been idle.   Asides from brushing-up on my skills via online resources such as Skillshare, I have also made the decision to update the equipment I use.

This is hardly an earth shattering event in its own right, but ever since I made the switch from using a DSLR to using mirrorless, it has been with the hope of making my camera bag lighter and my workflow more efficient.

As for the former, I took the advantage of acquiring faster, better quality lenses which is always a bonus.  (Although it is true to say that (IMHO), ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’).  For the latter, much as though I find my MackBook Pro useful, the addition of a 4th generation iPad Air is anticipated to be beneficial.

Going-by what I’ve read, most photographers who go down the iPad route, tend to go for the iPad Pro.  However, the Air is not only cheaper (usually a bonus), but it has the same connectivity as the Pro (a USB-C port and the option to connect an external SSD), and the option to either use the iPad by itself or in conjunction with the MBP via sidecar.  

In the meantime, as I await the arrival of the iPad, there are three things for which I remain hopeful:

  1. 2021 will bring an end to the pandemic allowing me to travel too Malawi.
  2. I make use of the time available to continue writing – I have two associated novels which I have started.
  3. When restrictions allow, I can return to using a studio to capture the photographs I have planned. 

I hope you all have a prosperous 2021…