As much as I try, I just can’t stick to an iPad only workflow

I always find myself jumping back onto my MacBook to do ‘trickier’ things that I just can’t do on an iPad. There’s probably a way to do those things on an iPad, but I feel like I’m having to jump through too many hoops, make too many compromises, etc. 

Starting today, right now in fact, I’m removing all the apps from my iPad Pro, and will just use it for gaming and watching Netflix, Foxtel, editing Photos, etc. It excels at all those things, and I don’t feel like I’m making any compromises.

2016 photo workflow

Given where we are now, technology wise, compared to where we were 10-15 years ago, it’s taken me a surprisingly long amount of time to actually come up with a decent, repeatable, workflow for shooting, editing, uploading, and sharing. 

Here’s my current workflow, in brief;

  • shoot photos on iPhone 7 Plus, Panasonic GX7, GoPro Session, or Theta S
  • import photos not shot on iPhone into Photos.app, either on my MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, or iPhone 7 Plus
  • sort the keepers from the crap, all the while Photos.app is uploading and syncing to iCloud
  • do basic adjustments in Photos.app, i.e. rotate, crop, exposure
  • using Photos.app extension, open image in Priime for final style edits, save over the original image
  • export / share from Photos.app to Instagram and Flickr

Priime has been the app that has really brought it together for me as I was missing a decent editor that I could use on all my devices. Yeh I can achieve all of this using Lightroom on all devices, however that problem with a Lightroom-based workflow is that I end up with a lot of data duplication, i.e. Photos.app has a copy, and Lightroom has a copy. 

So far, this workflow has been really easy to adopt as my images are accessible and editable no matter what I’m working on. The only problem I’ve run into with it is that I have a Photos library in excess of 80,000 images and my upload connection is woefully slow, so it’s taking a long time to get everything up on iCloud. Fortunately, I’m going to Switzerland at the end of November and staying with a friend who has 400/200 fibre in his apartment.

 

The struggle is real

On my iPhone, it’s so easy to take a photo, edit it quickly in Snapseed, then upload to Instagram, and share it out. It takes but a moment. Doing the same, or similar, to any of the photos shot on my other cameras is such a chore in comparison.

I captured around 2,000 photos and at least 10Gb of video while I was over in Europe recently, add to that a further 3,000 photos and more than 100Gb of video I shot when we holidayed in Fiji in July, and that gives you an idea of the mess that’s sitting in front of me.

Ugh.

At least it’s all backed up.