Monday's Hacks/Hackers Brighton was my opportunity to test-drive a lightweight liveblogging kit. I'm used to lugging around a MacBook Pro and a Canon DSLR with a few lenses for liveblogging - two bodies, if it's a paid gig. It's overkill for some situations, so I've been assembling the components for a leightweight kit. At the heart of it is an iPad. On top of that:
- Blogsy - blogging app
- Apple Bluetooth keyboard
- Incase Origami case
- Olympus E-PM2
- Olympus 14-42mm lens
How did it go?
Great. Once again, I found that the iPad screen size is pretty much perfect for writing. It allows you to be focused, without being over-whelming - and without the distractions that a computer brings. I think twice before switching to a different app on the iPad while liveblogging, while I'm more likely to tab into Twitter, say, if I'm on the MacBook Pro. It was a pleasant writing experience, which lead to longer posts than normal.
I need to work a little on the photographic element of it. The camera was fine. Pulling the photos onto the iPad was fine. Getting the colour balance right wasn't - as you can see in this photo:
- The iPad is potentially a great liveblogging device
- It can certainly function as a "back up" to the laptop in case of failure or power loss
- It may, with some practice, do as my main device in many situations
- I need to invest some time in invesigating photo editing apps