Lil’ red tractor plucking purple lavender…

Lil Red Tractor harvesting purple lavender

This shot is posted as much to test systems as it is to comment on the photograph. But I have to admit the colour is what attracted me to use this one. After listening to Derek Storey on the digital story podcast extolling the virtues of Apples new photo app I decided to give it a whirl. This image is straight from the Fuji Xpro1 SD card into an iPad, a slight crop and a touch of the lighten function and that’s it. The size was reduced to a minimum in WordPress 10mm larger than I normally post and its finished. Operating systems and the apps have come a long way in two years. The last time time I tried this there were at least another half dozen steps, it was very cumbersome. With the price of a fast top quality 8GB SD selling for under AUD15 there seems little point in traveling with a lap top. When an iPad can be used to back up to a super lightweight SSD. So my travel kit can now be reduced to an absolute minimum with my files backed up twice, on SD cards, on an SSD and to the cloud via the iPad if really necessary or even direct to the client as required. Just brilliant. This is such a lightweight kit I could now comfortably carry an extra lens or even a film camera as well. Apples photos still seems to have problems with RAW files so one really has to keep the SSD cards if one uses RAW. Further, I am sure that I read that there is also a card reader backup device with wifi capability somewhere as well. That would eliminate the worry of loosing SD cards along the way. For short trips and depending on the capacity of the iPad one can wifi files from the camera to the iPad then keep the SD cards for back up. Derek Storey does this. Australia’s CSIRO invented wifi in the 90’s but ironically it is not available everywhere in Australia! So the next logical step saving to the iPad then backing up to the cloud is a little more difficult. There are so many paths and possibilities evolving at the present for work flow and backing up. Working through them all to find the right solution is quite a tedious process.  I am going through this process now and I will post my eventual solution in due course. If Adobe had not gone with their creative cloud solution this disruption for me would likely not be happening. On that basis I can’t help thinking that Adobe may have shot themselves in the foot in someways. Because of their actions many small developers have seen gaps in the market and some have produced results are better than what Adobe has to offer. As photographers we live in interesting times.