As photography and technology come together in our modern world, so does our need for modernized equipment. We throw around the phrase bigger is better and quite often and make purchases based on that assumption alone. Whether it’s a new SUV, HDTV, or Cell Phone, more interactive real estate could be a plus. However, as with anything, too much of something can be a bad thing and in this case, perhaps bigger is not actually better.
When I was introduced to Wacom tablets and the miracles it enables us to perform, I immediately purchased the Wacom Intuos Pro (Large) for $500. I began using it and liked it very much except for the fact that my hand became very tired, and I found it hard to continue editing after extended periods of use. You can see here in the image below how big this tablet is in reference to my 13” MacBook Pro.
I subsequently returned this gigantic piece of equipment and purchased the Wacom Intuos Pro small. I don't even use the entire surface area. I customized it to only use 2 / 3 of the area. It later dawned on me that the muscle memory we have retained from every day writing and drawing on regular sized paper makes a difference in how we use a tablet more efficiently. When you doodle on a napkin, do you use the entire napkin? Probably not. We often focus on a certain area and rotate our canvas around our brush zone.
You can see here in the image below that my tablet is the same size as my laptop, which benefits me enormously when I travel. Kind of like with the mirrorless camera craze, you tend to use things more when they are more accessible. My images are better because I went with the smaller less boasting piece of equipment as is my editing stamina.
Thoughts/comments? Leave them below. Photo and words by RGG EDU Intern, Yehuda Bortz. Edited and inspired by yours truly, Sinh Truong.