During my latest holiday in the Lake District I experimented a bit more with the possibility of using the iPad as a means of processing images instead of a more conventinal laptop computer when working away from home, and when the size and weicht of luggage is an issue. Of course, on this occasion I did have a lptop as well!
To cut a long story short (for a change!) I have come down to 2 rather different solutions which would work acceptably for m:
1. If I am only working on the images for my own use, then Photosmith allows me to back up the images, look at them, rate them, and then transfer them to a computer later when I get back to base without any reworking. The only real problem with this workflow is that the original file names are lost – unavoidable due to limitations of the iPad software which does not make the file names available to programs like Photosmith.
2. If I am on aworkshop where we are expected to make 5-10 images available in the evening for projection, then I instead import/back up the images using Photos on the iPad, then use Photo Manager Pro to grade and sort the images, possibly transfer a few back to Photos and then use something like Snapseed or Filterstorm to crop and amke minor adjustments to a handful of images, and then transfer them back to Photo Manager Pro. Photo Manager Pro allows these images to be accessed from a PC on the same wireless network via a web browser, so that they can be projected, or alternatively the program can be used to project the selected images using the appropriate cable. The one snag I have found at present is that Photo Manager Pro seems to have problems with some (though not all) RAW files, so I need to shoot RAW+JPEG to make sure it will work. The work done in selecting the images and editting them is basically ‘wasted’ when it comes to finally selecting and working on images, so I would not want to spend much time using this approach. If time permits, I could, after picking some images for projection this way, repeat the viewing and editting using Photosmith ready for transfer to a computer when I get home.
iOS 5 is due to appear in a few weeks time now, and it is quite possible that this will incorporate features which will make it possible to improve the photographic workflow – we shall have to wait and see.