should i get a tablet

the benefits of using a tablet for your editing by Emily Krbec 1

by Emily Krbec

the benefits of using a tablet for your editing by Emily Krbec 1

Let me start off by saying that I’m in no way an expert on fancy technology. I’m not really a gadget girl, just one happy tablet user! You might hear them called pen tablets or graphics tablets, but I prefer to think of them as super, fantastic photo editing devices that have made my world 10x better! A tablet consists of a flat surface that you “draw” on using a stylus, while your movements translate onto the computer screen. Simply put, a tablet functions like a mouse, only better! (sorry mouse)

Now I didn’t always feel this way about tablets. I tried one out years ago and felt totally clumsy and annoyed. Needless to say, I didn’t give it much of a chance. I started really using a tablet about a year ago when I began getting major issues with my hand and wrist from using my mouse all day long. I had a wrist brace, prescription medicine, nightly hot packs… not fun. I was starting to get really worried that soon I wouldn’t be able to sit down and edit photos at my computer at all! So I did some research and bough my very own Wacom Intuous 5 Touch tablet. And, hurrah! My problem was soon solved. Not only was I no longer experiencing pain, but I realized that I completely prefer the tablet to the mouse. It took me a week to get the hang of it, and from then on, I couldn’t be happier. The tablet felt more natural than a mouse ever did. Being a lefty, I found it especially nice to be able to edit using my dominant hand (I never could get the hang of using a mouse with my left hand). I discovered that the tablet sped up my workflow significantly, and was way more accurate when it comes to tasks like dodging and burning, and masking. My tablet has all sorts of cool buttons that you can set to make workflow faster, the pen can be set to be pressure sensitive, and I can even use the tablet with my finger when I’m busy doing other tasks like browsing the internet or chatting it up on Clickin Moms. I would suggest going with a smaller or medium sized tablet- a big one might wear your arm out, having to swing it all over the place to move around the screen.

the benefits of using a tablet for your editing by Emily Krbec 1

If you’re thinking of making a change and possibly saying goodbye to your trusty little mouse… give it a go! I truly don’t think you’ll be disappointed. My best tip for when you get that brand new tablet is to put your mouse away. Like in the closet, in another room… don’t let it sit on your desk. You’ll need to train your hand and your brain to start working in a different way and it will be way too tempting have the cute little mouse sitting there urging you to use it.

Emily KrbecEmily Krbec, Ontario
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With a Nikon D700 in hand, Emily loves nothing more than to capture babies, children, and the people who love them. She likes to take an organic approach to portrait photography, capturing her subjects in natural environments and letting each session unfold as it will. She is obsessed with color but can also fall in love with a gorgeous black and white. Emily lives in the beautiful town of Caledon, Ontario with her alphabet obsessed three year old and a video game lovin’ husband. When she’s not working, she enjoys playing outside with her little man, watching Gilmore Girls re-runs, and finding moments to feed her pinterest addiction. Emily is a lover of oldies music, earl grey tea, and being positively silly.

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  • Kelly R says:

    Great post! I got a tablet a couple years ago and now it collects dust. I just never gave it a good chance and never took the time to figure out the settings, etc.
    Think I’m going to dust her off tonight and give it another go! :)

  • Jaye says:

    I have the same tablet and I like it, but every once in a while it gets weird and makes me CRAZY. It just gets super sensitive so that the Lightroom sliders go all over the place as I’m lifting the pen. Has this ever happened to you?

  • Deirdre says:

    I’ve been considering one because I’m experience tendinitis from so much time spent editing with my arm gripped tight on the mouse. Anyone else every experience this? Wondering if the pen/tablet would be a solution.

  • Carla Bagley says:

    I bought a cheap little Bamboo Pen Tablet for $70 and I could not be happier!!

  • Tricia says:

    I love mine but I wish I would have gotten a smaller one. I have the Med. size and I think it is too big. The cord also annoys me but I think there is a cordless option. I am adding it to my Christmas list.

  • Wendy says:

    I have been toying with the idea of getting a tablet for a while now, just have not yet bit the bullet!! This would be a great time for me to get to learn to use it! Thanks!

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