The iPad In My Workflow
A portrait of Madame Bink edited on an iPad2
Having recently upgraded from an iPad to an iPad2, I’m still very much in love Using it at home, at work and whilst I travel, it is probably the most widely used “appliance” that I own. But where does it fit into my photography workflow?
Well, recently I have been using it to actually edit my images using SnapSeed, an application from Nik Software. SnapSeed has some REALLY nice features, which I just wish were available for use in Photoshop itself. For instance, it’s B&W conversion is really nice and comes with the ability to tweak specific areas of an image using control points (very similar to Silver EfEx but at a tiny fraction of the price). Similarly some of it’s filters and effects like “Center Focus” and “Drama” are really effective if used sparingly.
So, the challenge was how to integrate the iPad and these editing features into my editing workflow. The main challenge was getting the images both on to and off the iPad, which can be achieved numerous different ways. Some people I know, using EyeFi cards attach wirelessly to the iPad and effectively shoot tethered to it. But this is less about integrating it into their editing flow as it is about their actual process of shooting.
I approach it a different way. My workflow is still more or less the same in that I shoot RAW, use ACR to convert my RAW files and it is at this stage that the iPad comes into the frame. If am going to use SnapSeed for my B&W conversion, it will be the first step in my editing process. If I’m using the filters, it will most likely be the last (after retouching, contrast, sharpening etc). Using an application called PhotoSync, I can connect to the iPad through a web browser and upload files to it. Note, that SnapSeed and the iPad only supports JPG, so if you’re he’ll bent on editing in 16 bits, you’re a little screwed. So I save the RAW converted JPG, copy it to the iPad via PhotoSync and am now ready for editing.
I’ll then open the JPG in SnapSeed, do what ever magic is needed and then save the result (it gets saved as a new image). Whilst I could use PhotoSync to transfer the image back off the IPad to my PC, I actually use a different application: Adobe Nav. If you have CS5, Adobe Nav connects directly to it and can wirelessly transfer images from the IPad straight to the program.p It has a few ether nifty features as well (all gimmicks, but cool the first time you use them). So now, within Photoshop, I have the image which was edited within Snapseed, ready for saving/printing/additional editing – no syncing through iTunes, no image “optimisation”, no wires, just true full resolution JPG image editing.
So… How do you use yours?