tgara wrote in post #15647006
While I’ve said here and elsewhere that the iPad is not ideal for Raw image backup, this notion that the iPad is nothing more than a glorified picture frame fails to appreciate the power and flexibility of the iPad and its apps. For many, the iPad can act as a complete mobile platform to edit and share photos on the go, particularly for JPGs and cameras that use SD cards. As an example, I set up a workflow for my wife’s Powershot SX260, where she imports the JPGs into her iPad using Apple’s Camera Connection kit, edits the images in iPhoto for iOS or other photo editing app (adjusting color, contrast, and cropping mainly), then posts them to a Photostream, blog, or Facebook. The main advantage here is that the images can be shared or posted quickly, instead of waiting 5-10 days to get home before posting and sharing. And carrying the iPad beats schlepping her MacBook Pro around any day.
I’m experimenting with a similar workflow for my 5D3: shooting Raw images onto the CF card and JPGs onto the SD card. I can edit the JPGs on my iPad for sharing immediately. The Raw images get stored onto a mobile hard drive for more extensive processing on my iMac when I get home. So far, this has been a great way for us to edit and share photos essentially in real time during a trip — particularly for important family gatherings like Christmas, baptisms, milestone birthdays, etc.
The iPad has other advantages I can see for pro photographers too. With the right choice of apps, it’s possible to prepare and sign documents like model releases, contracts, etc. There are also apps that accept payments, track business expenses, store copies of photo manuals, schedule client meetings, etc. Folks who view the iPad as just a tool for viewing photos do not fully appreciate how much the device can actually do for photographers.
^^this. I bought an iPad mini solely for photography purposes. For those quick reviews with the model, or a fast edit and post online, it's been great. And as mentioned, using a model release app is fast and efficient. Then you have apps like Square for payment. The tablet is a great field tool with multiple uses, but it will never replace my pc and 30" monitor for serious editing. I just added a Seagate Wireless Plus 1tb Wifi drive to my arsenal, and that allows for extra storage for the iPad.