How good is the new iPad Pro for photographers
His work with the iPad was already mentioned briefly, but Austin Mann’s full explanations, tips and details are worth the read. This part, among all the gorgeous photos of Iceland, caught my attention:
I was working with Mavic Pro 2[^ 1] in the black volcanic deserts of south Iceland. While sitting in the car (in the middle of the desert, in the middle of nowhere), I decided to offload my images and review them. I pulled out the iPad Pro and a card reader, and within only a few moments I was reviewing them on screen. Next thing I knew I was editing them with the Pencil in Lightroom CC and then I shared one with my wife—all within just a few moments.
It’s really easy to sit just about anywhere (even with a steering wheel in your face) and not just use it, but use it to its full extent.
This is precisely what is the most tempting aspect of the iPad: not only its ease of use, but the fact that you actually want to use it. On my MacBook Air, whenever I want to edit photographs, I know I have to sit down at my desk, open up the laptop, type in my password, launch Lightroom[^ 2], load the pictures, and then — only then — can I start editing them. The editing process is not that smooth either.[^ 3] The iPad doesn’t seem to suffer from any of this.
The Hasselblad I’m shooting with (H6D-100c) captures 100-megapixel images. Each RAW file is 216MB (about 7x the size of a RAW file from a Canon 5D MK IV). Needless to say, these files are HUGE and if the iPad Pro can handle them, it can handle virtually any RAW image.
Long story short, it performed extremely well.
[^3] I can’t really blame my MacBook: it is an entry model from early 2015. It is not only too old for this, but never really built to be a champion at this.