Suggestions on a tablet for pp? a few q's...

Started Feb 8, 2014 | Questions thread
Mel Snyder
Mel Snyder Veteran Member • Posts: 4,088
Re: Do you shoot RAW, if so only one tablet can do it..

jtosbo00 wrote:

Mike Fewster wrote:

jtosbo00 wrote:

I've gone several tablets as A Project Manager for a web & mobile app development team of 17 employees. The iPad is by far the tablet that team would choose for everyday use including for photo PP. In case you are wondering if there might be favoritism among my team members, only one person uses Mac (Macbook Pro) for work while the rest are using Windows or Unix laptops or desktops. Some despise Apple. Despite this, all choose Apple iOS devices especially during testing. The surface tablets are often the last ones on the table for the poor intern. I would not touch a windows tablet as it is struggling in the mobile sector and may be killed. Also, Lightroom is rumored to be coming to iOS devices soon as of 2 weeks ago. Personally, after trying all three platforms, iPad is my everyday personal use and I PP in raw format.

Are you sure you are working in RAW on an ipad? Most who think they are doing this are actually looking at the embedded jpeg that is taken with the RAW file. There are a couple of genuine RAW convertors available for the ipad, like piranha, but they are extremely slow.

What pp software are you using on the ipad? The native program is only working on the jpegs, which is fine for basic sorting but I wouldn't think you would be using it for serious pp.

I'd be interested in having Lightroom for ios though, if the ios device has enough power for the program.

You are right that it does not directly edit the RAW files but instead the JPEG. I primarily use iPhoto but have used a number of others like PhotoGene. Most of what I do is for reviewing photos, small edits and posting online (Shutterfly and/or Facebook).

Although the OP does not say it, but I get the impression he wants to make small edits and view photos, and backup his photos on his mobile device while on vacation/travel. But if he does want to do editing within the RAW file itself and save it, then that changes things a bit.

I'm anxious to see LR for iOS myself but balked when I read reports that they will integrate a $99/year deal for cloud storage. I don't need that part. Should be released soon, I would think. NOTE: they "accidentally?" posted the app on their website before taking it down a couple of weeks ago.

Sorry, you are wrong. You think you're right but you're not.

Read Photogene 4: Full-Resolution RAW Editing On iOS

I don't know why it's so difficult for some people to accept this capability. Just because others haven't been able to do it doesn't mean it can't be done.

I don't know what you call "small edits"

  • Clarity
  • Exposure
  • Contrast
  • Lighten Shadows
  • Darken Highlights
  • Saturation
  • Vibrance
  • Color Temperature
  • Tint
  • Sharpen
  • Sharpen Radius
  • Luminance Denoise
  • Chroma Denoise
  • Histogram manipulation
  • RGB (red offset, green offset, blue offset
  • Curves (individual colors or collective)
  • Rotate and straighten
  • Crop (preset ratios or custom)
  • Presets for color and B&W conversion
  • Resize
  • Watermark
  • Date stamp
  • Save to Library, email, other devices, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr)
  • FTP, Dropbox, Picasa, Tumbler, Evernote, Clipboard
  • Print

It displays full metadata - general EXIF, IPTC - and if GPS stamped, GPS. Since I shoot both RAW and JPEG, the metadata tells me that, too.

If that list implies "small edits" - yes, that's small edits. I'd bet that the majority of forum member would be content with a laptop or desktop editing program that did that for some multiple of $10.

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