Required space on iPad for photos library

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Andy Hewitt Veteran Member • Posts: 4,276
Re: Required space on iPad for photos library

Majeur wrote:

Andy Hewitt wrote:

I’ve got a similar set up, about 600GB of photos in my 2TB storage, using Raw Power.

My Photos Library takes up 9.6GB on the iPad and 75GB on my iMac. Raw Power is using about 3GB on the iPad (don’t use it on the iMac, although it’s installed). Both devices have 500GB of storage. My iPad is only using about 25% of its storage overall.

The iCloud system automatically manages the space requirements for each device, downloading, storing and deleting local caches as needed. All the originals are kept in the cloud, so you can view your entire library on almost any size of mobile device.

You can use the edits from Raw Power on both devices, only images being worked on are downloaded locally, which is handled by the OS.

I’ve been viewing my full collection between the 512GB iPad Pro, my 512GB iMac and a 64GB iPhone.

There’s even my old Lightroom library still syncing at the moment too.

So no, you don’t need to worry about space (to a certain degree anyway) between the devices, as long as you have sufficient cloud space for the library to upload, and local storage for editing at least some images at a time.

Raw Power also enables you to sync its edits across the devices too, so you can edit on a mobile device, and then re-edit, or continue editing on a desktop (as an example).


Ah this is good to know. When you view your images on the iPad pro, does it have full resolution?

Just by doing a side by side zoom-in comparison, it’s hard to tell, but they look similar. Trouble is I have a Retina display iPad Pro, and an old non-Retina iMac, so the resolution is better on the iPad anyway, and the iPad version can zoom in further than the desktop version.

Viewing the Info in Raw Power, they all have full resolution - indeed Raw Power does operate on the original Raw file, where as I understand it, Photos works on the JPEG preview when editing (although it saves as non-destructive edits). In practice, I can’t tell the difference.

I use Raw Power mainly because Photos on the iPad lacks a histogram, and the Raw Process tools in Raw Power work very nicely as a pre-edit workflow.

I am using now Lightroom classic with the 20Gb storage option. Via smart albums, the (edited) raw images on my mac are synced to the adobe cloud. So I can view them on my iPad, however these are smart previews with a low resolution which I don't like to view at my iPad pro. Especially with macro photos you loose a lot of details.

Yes, the Lightroom Classic only syncing does limit things somewhat. I think it’s designed more for doing quick edits in the field, and maybe some quick viewing of batches of images.

How do you like Raw Power? I think its a great app and I do miss a few things (spot removal, watermarks, dehaze).

Yeah, it does lack those for sure, although it’s actually quite nice to learn editing without some of those tools. I never use watermarks, and other things like spot removal, dehaze and red-eye can be done either back in Photos, or another app (of course you lose the non-destructive workflow, but if you plan the workflow right, it’s a generally acceptable way to do it.

I am looking at Affinity now to see if this combination will meets my need.
So far, I'm getting more and more enthusiastic about the combination of Raw Power and Photos!

Yeah, I’m still mulling over Affinity, it does break the integrated workflow somewhat, but as you say, does have a lot of excellent features.

I’d think that a Raw Power + Affinity workflow would be a good option, using Photos as the central storage point. Although I’d personally only use it for doing some creative edits. I tend to edit for a fairly neutral look, and enhance only where I think it will add to the look of the photo, and only fix stuff if it really annoys me, or detracts from the subject of the photo.

Also check our Pixelmator, it’s so cheap on the iPad it’s a no-brainer to just install it, and have it handy - it does have some fairly decent AI stuff, and intranets fairly well with photos, although it does create a secondary file that’s as big as the original, so will eat storage space if you use it a lot - similarly with Affinity too, if you use non-destructive editing, it also creates a huge secondary file.

To be clear, my photos are all amateur, and only used for my own pleasure, and for the family. I don’t sell any, or display many publicly, so I have different priorities to, say a ‘pro’, or such like.

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