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    • Switching To An iPad Pro For Photo Editing...Anyone?

      I am strongly considering this, for a few reasons, reduced size, reduced weight...but the big question, what to edit with?

      Has anyone made this transition? What programs have you found work best, Adobe, Luminar etc, please share your experiences.

      The one downfall that I have heard from a few users is not being able to batch process, which of course means increased workflow! Has a solution been found to this?

      From one of the most talkative excitable photographers on YouTube, he has a video, if you haven't seen it watch below, editing on a iPad and somehow gets his point across in a very unusual way.

    • It seems like switching to iPad would be an excellent fit for your travel lifestyle. What are you using now to edit with?

      Lightroom Mobile is a great option, especially because it has seamless cloud integration now.

      My big concern with iPad photo editing would be the lack of hardware horsepower. My MacBook Pro with an i7, 16GB, and Radeon Pro graphics card barely cuts it for editing A7RII RAW's. It would be a massive performance hit going from MacBook Pro to iPad, but the GPU/CPU architecture is way different, so I don't know what real-world implications would be.

    • I spent a long time in my local Apple store in Phoenix, and ended up more than a few tech guys who rarely venture to the front of house came out to give opinions...kind of funny, other staff members asking why they were out in daylight!!!

      The concern I had (I currently using LR6 stand alone version) was when I am in areas with no connectivity would my editing be restricted if I switched to the CC version, and the consensus was yes!

      Next concern was the power of the unit and could it keep up, and the consensus answer was YES, if i used the iPad Pro newest version, they (the techs) felt there would be a slight reduction in speed but almost unnoticeable.

      I am not a techy type so can't recall all the specs they told me, but all were nodding, and we found there are more than a few photographers that work in that store.

      The problem none could solve was the perfect program to use, between us we agreed that the newest unit is obviously the best way to go for best results

      the search continues...

    • Well, maybe one app is not your solution. Maybe Lightroom for when you're in connected areas, and another app when off the grid? It seems like you'll have to experiment once you get your iPad Pro. I'm really curious to see what your workflow will become.

    • I was looking at one recently but decided to go with the Surface Pro instead. If you're working on a few photos like he does in the video the iPad Pro is a great solution. But if you have a Lightroom Classic workflow then it can be a pain VS with the Surface where I just move the updated catalog from one device to another which takes under a minute with an external SSD. The other headache is the file system, iPad OS might have fixed this but before that Adobe was having to do some weird work arounds just to get things to upload into LR. And in terms of input devices while I like having the pen for some things a mouse and keyboard is just easier.

      I did a write up about using the Surface for photo editing if you're interested:

    • I downloaded the Luminar 4 and that looks like it might be a good option along side LR6....and then there's always snapseed...lol

    • 2017. Lightning connector. Later models with USB-C are much more useful. But you still can't easily drag and drop a whole heap of files from one place to another like you can on Android - or a laptop.

    • From what I've heard it's mostly with the file system so they don't need to do those work arounds. But you still have the issue of it using Lightroom CC which doesn't have the full feature set of Lightroom Classic CC (which is the newer version of your LR6). CC isn't bad per se but you'd need to switch over and it relies heavily on the cloud account. And if you want to use LR Classic as your primary editor still then your workflow is a mess which is what really kept me away from the iPad Pro. That being said if what you do fits within its' strengths then it's a very capable machine.

      How many photos are you editing at a time? Would you still be using a regular computer on top of this? Those are the 2 big questions I'd think about just to figure out if it is a possibility, then comes the harder choice of personal preference which is much harder to answer without a decent bit of experience on the device to get used to it. If get to this point you got the Adobe Photo plan you could at least try out CC VS Classic to see what you think, and if CC works for you there try to get some time on an iPad Pro if possible.

    • jBeck makes good points.

      I've got the full-paid mobile edition of Lightroom on my iPad Pro. It works fine. Doesn't do a whole lot more than what Apple's photo app can do on an iPad now - excluding presets and syncing etc, but it's good.

      Snapbridge isn't 'too bad' at getting jpgs off the Z6 via the camera's wifi. I don't mind checking shots that way in the field.

      But this convo has proved I've been approaching it all the wrong way - I've been trying to get a card reader to work on the Ipad and that's been problematic because it needs an independent power source for the XQD reader.

      But my Ph.D in Googling tells me that the Apple USB 3 to Lightning Camera Connector will (not surprisingly) connect the camera to the photo app in an older 12.9" Pro at USB 3 speed. (USB 2 speed on the smaller model) - and as the Camera has its own power source it will allow the images to be pulled straight off it - then to one of the six editing apps I've got on the device.

      So I'll do two things that I hate when the storms currently here blow over. One is ride to a shopping Mall. (F***!)

      The next is visit the Apple Store (F*** F***!!) and be treated like an old guy who's a N00b - even though I've been using (and sometimes teaching) the products for longer than the 'geniuses' have been alive. :-)

      We'll see if it works presently.

      Goal is I don't really want to edit photos on the iPad that much - but I would like to use that nice Retina Screen to check images sometimes before I leave the location/shoot - and occasionally it would be good show the client what the processed images will be like while I'm there too.

    • Oh kaaaay. That works. Plug in to camera - turn on camera - plug in to iPad and 'import' appears in the bottom bar of the Photos app.

    • It took around 5 seconds to import one 30+Mb raw image. Quite acceptable. About the same to open it in Lightroom.

    • On that basis - I'd revise my previous advice. Works fine on a 2nd Gen iPad pro. On a new one with USB-C connector it should be even better.

      I did turn photo sharing off though - lest Apple start hitting me up for more Cloud storage. I'd upload to Flickr as backup and to clear space on the device.

    • FWIW the mall was a typical pain.

      Mid-saturday afternoon in Brisbane and there were maybe 300 people in the Carindale Apple store (seriously).

      50 or so queued waiting to see the reception person.

      So this 6'5" 280lb guy in full bike gear walks in - goes to exactly where I know the plugs and cords are located, 30 seconds to select it, and then button-hole one of the geniuses as he walks by.

      "This is all I need mate - you aren't going to make me line up for it ARE YOU?"

      He was actually a nice young man and he said, "Give me a minute", which was all he took and he was back - and the transaction was concluded. In-out in 5 minutes.

      Sometimes it's good to be a hairy biker Geek. :-)

    • So the next step was to edit a RAW image in Lightroom on the iPad.

      5 Seconds to import. 8 Seconds to open in Lightroom.
      Saving the corrected image back from Lightroom to the Photo Library took about 45 seconds.

      I then opened the Flickr app on the iPad and uploaded the full size file. To get a better idea of how this might work on the road I connected the iPad to the Hot Spot on my phone and used the local Telstra 4G mobile network to upload.

      This took about three minutes to get the image onto Flickr. All Exif data intact.

    • One final observation.

      The iPad can be powered/charged with a Lighting cable running to the power input on the USB 3 connector. Either with my generic power bank or plugged in to the iMac - it works. Charging time would vary I guess.

      If the Lighting power cable is plugged in to the computer's or a mains USB power supply it will also import images directly from the XQD Card Reader.

      If the Lightning cable is plugged in to the power bank it gives an 'Insufficent Power to operate this accessory' message for the Reader.

    • thanks so much for doing all of that, one question ntsure if I missed it, which version of LR are you using, I use the stand alone, NOT CC

      Of course AI is listening (reading) thru my phone and an article poppedup yesterday about a photographers article (can't find it now) who is done with LR because of recurringfees and switching to Capture 1, I am considering to switch to Luminar 4...any experience with these, doing the same as you showed?

    • on the power bank issue and not showing enough power to operate the program, at roughly what % of power left did it tell you it wouldn't work?

      This is interesting to me becauee I might be sitting in a tent doing edits. If it didn't work all the way down to single digiti battery life that could be an issue, cause no way to plug in!

    • no experience with luminar sorry. I have a full subscription to adobe creative suite for my business so have all the apps on desktop and mobile. It’s just called Lightroom v4.4.1. On the iPad.

      The power issue is only when using the XQD card reader. There isn’t enough power to use the reader with the power bank battery.

      It’s all fine when attached to the camera using Power bank or mains USB - or no external power at all - its just a nice feature to be able to add power if you are editing a ton of photos.

    • They are so, so, so close. Hopefully with USB-C when it comes in a year or 2 they'll allow it to power devices and this will no longer be an issue. If they can do that along with Adobe upping the feature set of LR/PS (ideally finding a way to transition over to a single LR ecosystem) and continued improvements to iPad OS it'll be easy to recommend an iPad Pro for photo work. If they can include full USB 4.0 (essentially thunderbolt 3) then things get really interesting productivity wise. And the more viable options we have for computers the better.

      Just a random thought here but since there's no mouse my mind thought that using a second monitor for those times when you need a bigger image could be a real pain with an iPad... but if the iPad became essentially a big control interface with all sorts of sliders just there always in front of you and easy to move it could be better than what we're currently using.