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An Ipad in the field
Rob Dicker, Photographer
Lake Villa | IL | USA | Posted: 3:08 PM on 01.11.17
->> Does anyone have experience (good or bad) with using an Ipad to edit / select / do (minor) color correction / caption / and ftp pictures for newspaper use? Care to comment?
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Kevin M. Cox, Photographer
Galveston & Houston | TX | US | Posted: 3:58 PM on 01.11.17
->> Two things have always held me back:

1. Not sure which program to use since Photo Mechanic isn't available on the iPad.

2. I just can't type cutlines very fast on the iPad (virtual) keyboard. It would probably double the time it takes me to file on deadline by not having a real keyboard, not even mentioning the lack of code replacements.

I even have one of the new Smart Keyboards, but the keys just aren't the same. It is better than the on-screen one, but still nowhere near as good as a real keyboard.

I'll be curious to hear if others are making it work though.
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Nashville | TN | usa | Posted: 5:41 PM on 01.11.17
->> I considered it, ended up just getting an 11" MacBook Air. Not much more bulk, and you can do so much more.
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Justin Edmonds, Photographer, Assistant
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 5:42 PM on 01.11.17
->> I was tempted for a while to use the iPad a while back because the PicturePro app has all the basic things that you need (including code replacement) but it's just a little too buggy and unreliable. I have used both PicturePro and Filterstorm to transmit a photo or two from spot news via EyeFi card but that's all I really trust it for. The MacBook Air is the light, small and trustworthy solution I would choose if I was going that route.
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Preston Mack, Photographer
Orlando | FL | | Posted: 7:49 PM on 01.11.17
->> I tried. It just isn't fast enough and the storage isn't enough. The iPad does well for remote previewing, but not as an editing machine. It does not replace the laptop.
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
New England | | | Posted: 10:30 PM on 01.11.17
->> I have used the iPad Mini , primarily with FilterStorm, for certain deadline work. The iPad Mini is far from ideal, but it has cellular built in, and it fits in a Newswear Pouch. Working this way, it is always on me and can transmit via the on board cellular while it is slipped back into the pouch and i am back to being on the move.
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Rob Dicker, Photographer
Lake Villa | IL | USA | Posted: 10:48 PM on 01.11.17
->> I've got a wi-fi hotspot so I don't need the LTE version. The guy who wrote PicturePro lives around here and we run in similar circles (from a support aspect).

I'm tired with lugging a shoulder bag or backpack around, especially to breaking news and prep sports.

I'm going to price everything out and give is some serious consideration.

The one thing that I need to figure out is how to get images from a CF card to the Ipad. Is there some kind of adapter? Do I edit the images and leave them on the cf card, because the files a huge and the memory capacity on the tablets aren't?
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Brad Tollefson, Photographer
Lubbock | TX | USA | Posted: 1:48 AM on 01.12.17
->> Rob, I use this cable http://www.apple.com/shop/product/md821am/a/lightning-to-usb-camera-adapter and the USB cable that came with the camera to download pictures onto my phone for social media purposes. The hassle is you need some time for the pictures to load on your device, and select which ones you want to download. This will prevent you from taking pictures while it's connected to your device.

There's a similar adapter that uses SD cards which will free you from your camera.
http://www.apple.com/shop/product/mjyt2am/a/lightning-to-sd-card-camera-rea...

Brad
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Bob Ford, Photographer
Lehighton | Pa | USA | Posted: 12:58 PM on 01.12.17
->> I've done it using an off brand card reader and it was very slow, plus every so often I'd get an error message that the reader isn't supported. This would mean shutting down the entire iPad, restarting and beginning the download again.
It just turned out taking too long.
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Sergei Stepanov, Photographer
Narva-Joesuu | IV | Estonia | Posted: 2:48 AM on 01.14.17
->> Have used iPad and Photogene 4 app few times during field operations. Photogene allows you transfer images from camera, make selection, edit them, add iptc and send them by mail or ftp. Good combo iPad and Photogene indeed
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
New England | | | Posted: 12:49 AM on 01.17.17
->> "The one thing that I need to figure out is how to get images from a CF card to the Ipad."

This is why I shoot with SD cards. Even in CF only cameras,I use an SD-CF adapter, so the 5D series bodies can shoot SD cards. With the iPad somewhat quickly ingesting SD cards and the MacBook Air having a built in SD slot this made the most sense.

I shoot JPG and no video, so the buffer has never been an issue for me.
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 1:57 PM on 01.17.17
->> I second the idea of a 11 inch Mac Airbook. Not much bigger/heavier than an iPad and so much more capable. You can use normal editing software (Photo Mechanic, Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, Affinity Photo, etc.) and it has "normal" ports and connections.
If you have a smartphone and the right plan (including AT&T's $40/month pay-as-you-go plan) you can use it as a WiFi hotspot (or connect with a USB cable) to transmit.
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Chris Parent, Photographer
Baton Rouge | LA | United States | Posted: 2:19 PM on 01.17.17
->> So my workflow is a little different since it uses an iPhone or iPad (basically whatever iOS device I have with me at the time.) I don't need to caption photos much on the go since I'm pushing them for social media or such, so I have a Mifi in my beltpack broadcasting a network I hook the iPad to and open up Shuttersnitch on there to receive the wireless transfers from my Nikon. Hit the button to transmit and I can have the app automatically push to an FTP server, Dropbox, etc.

So basically:
1. Turn on Mifi.
2. Join iPad to Mifi Network.
3. Open Shuttersnitch on iPad.
4. Connect camera to network and FTP server on the phone.
5. Transmit to Shuttersnitch and let it run whatever action I setup.

It really works great for me because I can see the images I'm transmitting to our social media staff or such as well as post them to social or text to people myself. You can set actions to input basic metadata but I don't believe you can change the specific metadata on a photo sadly.
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