Apple iPad saves videographer from foul ball to the face, keeps on ticking

“People often give iPad photographers a hard time for trying to use an unwieldy tablet as a casual snapshot camera,” Michael Zhang reports for PetaPixel.

“Tom, the iPad photog seen in the video above, is one person who is glad he was using his iPad as a camera,” Zhang reports “You see, his iPad-ography saved him from a good deal of pain.”

Zhang reports, “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.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Don’t make fun of iPad photogs, especially those who shoot video vertically. Don’t make fun of iPad photogs, especially those who shoot video vertically. Don’t make fun of iPad photogs, especially those who shoot video vertically…

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jeff C.” for the heads up.]


    1. It doesn’t matter if it’s photo or video, shooting in portrait mode is most often ridiculous. There are exceptions to the rule, but they are few and far between.

      1. The subject being taller than it is wide is not all that unusual. He was shooting in the best mode for the subject matter. Do you laugh at pro photographers with vertical grips too.

      2. Hey, it’s his friggin’ iPad; if he wants to hold it diagonally that’s his business. I don’t care if you’ve been published in National Geographic magazine, just bugger off and s.t.f.u.

  1. I’m looking at the iPad specs on and don’t see anything about shielding one’s face from the danger of foul balls. Maybe they should add that to the list of features.

    And let this stand as further testament to the superiority of 4:3 tablets. If he was using one of those skinny 16:9 Android or Surface tabs, this guy might be dead right now from inadequate protection.

  2. My question is how did the ball get past the chain link fence that is between the batter, catcher and umpire at home plate and the spectators in the seats? He should play the lottery after that.

  3. This begs the question though of whether he would have needed saving had he not had a plate-sized obstruction over his face in the first place.

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