Laptop broke. Can iPad Pro work as my photography tool?

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Greybeard2017 Senior Member • Posts: 1,380
Re: Laptop broke. Can iPad Pro work as my photography tool?

Kaitlyn wrote:

Ken Gosden wrote:

John_Hoffman wrote:

If you go to YouTube there are many videos available of the topic. Different conclusions based on exactly what folks want to achieve.

If your laptop is your only computer I would say the answer is likely "No" for the following reasons:

1. Photoshop on iPad is currently very limited compared to desktop version. There is a relatively inexpensive iOS program called Affinity photo which intended to function like PS. I don't use either so I have no input on that.

2. LR on the iPad is a cloud product. Not the same capability as the desktop version of Lightroom Classic and no printing capability. It also requires that all your original files be stored in the cloud. There is a desktop product called Lightroom.

Not true. I use Lightroom on my iPad pro and have no cloud storage. The cloud is really only needed if you want to be able to sync your activities between multiple editing devices.

3. Screen sharing requires an Apple TV device.

If you also have a desktop PC and your laptop was for travel there is a way to link the iPad to the desktop. I won't go into that now until I learn more about your situation.

I've seen a few workflow outlines but it seems they're at least somewhat outdated.

Do you still have a main computer with your catalog? I'm not sure the best way to get my RAW photos to/from my iPad. It also could be possible that a photo hits my ipad before being fully imported into my main catalog vs everything imported into catalog and picking a photo or a few to edit on ipad.

Of course it gets more complicated if I've imported a set of photos and maybe it would be nice to cull/select photos from ipad. Hmmm!

It depends where you want to store your raw files - iPad, Adobe Cloud or home computer - or a combination of the three.

I limit my use of the expensive iPad and Cloud storage by using the ipad for initial culling and viewing new images then copy the files over wifi from ipad to computer - import into Lightroom and sync the small smart previews to the Adobe Cloud and back to the ipad. At that point I can make changes on any device and the changes will replicate between devices via the cloud.

Another method would be to use the Adobe Cloud for storing full size raw files. You can import the raw files into Lightroom using the iPad and they will automatically replicate to the cloud (and be available from any device).

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