I’ve been to-ing and fro-ing over the best equipment to take on a cruise in order to be able to immediately process photos taken during the cruise. In the past I’ve used a full-on laptop – I used to have a 15″ MacBook Pro – and that did pretty much everything but at the cost of being a bit cumbersome and heavy. More recently I’ve been an avid iPad user, and that’s perfect for general browsing, etc, including posting updates to this blog, but it doesn’t really do anything on the photo front (or at least, I never managed to get it to do anything). I’m now wondering about getting a basic MacBook Air – these look very tempting, especially since the £100 price drop at the end of last month. But before I spend *that much* money I think I need to reconsider ways in which I can use the iPad more effectively. Significant time has passed since I last looked at photo apps for iPad. I use Canon DSLRs, and I normally shoot Raw + Fine Jpeg, at full resolution. The iPad is a 32 Gb iPad Air. Here at home I have an iMac, and I use Lightroom 4 for image processing.
What I would like to do on a cruise is the following:-
- upload the images onto the device;
- do some basic triaging of the images taken – deleting the obvious duffers & duplicates;
- sorting and tagging the remaining shots;
- and possibly doing some basic editing.
The editing I’m thinking of would be to at least resize some images for inclusion in the daily blog posts I do when I’m on a cruise. My assumption has been that I should do my normal processing of the raw file in Lightroom and extract a processed Jpeg from that, but perhaps that’s overkill at that stage – perhaps a simple resize of the original Jpeg would do?
I’ve recently read that Adobe have released Lightroom for iPad (at a price) but I’m not sure the extent to which that relies on a permanent internet connection – not feasible on a cruise. Then there are apps, and one I’ve been pointed at is Photosmith, but I don’t really know of any more.
If anyone has any advice or experience I’d be very pleased to hear it.