When I ordered my 64GB iPad, my intention was to see if I could use it as a 90% laptop replacement. I’ve been using the Google cloud for my productivity more and more lately, so I’m really just down to the apps I need for photography, namely Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and presentations (though my slides are in Google Docs).
I wanted to explore the idea of simply bringing my iPad into the field and leaving my laptop at home. My usual routine in the field has been to import my cards from the camera to the computer every chance I got in-between shoots, edit and deliver if called upon to, and use the computer for storage until I got home, then move the photographs and catalogs to my workstation.
I’m happy to report that with the help of the iPad Camera Connection Kit, I am able to import from my cards (or directly from the camera via USB) into the iPad, use it to display and store my photos, then import them normally into Lightroom when I get home. Easy as pie, no muss, no fuss.
I still don’t know if I’m confident enough to leave my laptop at home yet, or how I would feel about being robbed of my ability to edit in the field, but proving the concept opens the door.