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Problem 1:-

 

My wife is a photography enthusiast and loves to spend a day filling up memory cards with her Canon Eos 7D. Often we are away from home and have found a need to filter / delete the failed or scrap shots from the good ones or "keepers"

 

Our solution:-

 

We use an iPad with the camera connection kit. This makes very fast work of importing the pictures in a logical album fomat. She can then utilise the lovely iPad display to view the day's shots and maybe delete a few obvious "scrappers."

 

Problem 2:-

 

We get home and need to do a final "clean up" just keeping the good stuff, and stuff that can be edited to make good. She then needs to get these onto the WHS v1 for safe keeping, duplication, local and cloud backup.

 

Our solution:-

 

We use the recently updated FileBrowser app for iPad from Stratospherix. With this you can browse thumb nails or full screen, select which files to transfer and "copy" them to the appropriate share on the WHS which works using the SMB option that we previously defined. Folder duplication, keepvault, and WHS backup solve the keeping safe part of the equation. XBMC shows the media on the HTPC / Samsung 40", WD Tv Live on the Kitchen TV, XBMC Live on the HTPC / bedroom TV, and of course our laptop PCs direct via WHS

 

So we have Canon camera, Apple iPad, and Microsoft WHS V1 all playing together really well. A nice bonus with the FileBrowser is the ability to stream video and photos, as well as download to the iPad so we can show the "latest" photos to friends and family etc. when we visit them.

 

Works well for us, however, does anyone use other / better methods to "bridge" the different platforms and achieve a similar or better solution?

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For me, keeping up with photos in the "field" (ie away from my desktop) means using a laptop with Lightroom. How does the iPad deal with RAW images, or are you just shooting jpeg? If just jpeg, then I guess the iPad can handle it as you mention above, however, I have to think that a laptop and Lightroom would be a more powerful solution.

 

The start of my worklflow at home, is to import the images off the card using a card reader and Lightroom. The shoot is given a name which is appended to the the file and the images are tagged with tags applicable to the entire shoot. Upon import, Lightroom can write the files to two locations. I send one to my desktop and the other to unRAID.

 

I also have SyncToy setup to copy any files from my desktop to unRAID. That directory on unRAID, along with some others, is backed up to Crashplan. Of course my desktop is also backed up to the WSS2011. Yea, I know, way to many copies. I am just a little crazy about losing any of the images.

 

We went over workflow some on jpeg2RAW Show #8 and I am sure this is a subject we will revisit often.

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For me, keeping up with photos in the "field" (ie away from my desktop) means using a laptop with Lightroom. How does the iPad deal with RAW images, or are you just shooting jpeg? If just jpeg, then I guess the iPad can handle it as you mention above, however, I have to think that a laptop and Lightroom would be a more powerful solution.

 

The start of my worklflow at home, is to import the images off the card using a card reader and Lightroom. The shoot is given a name which is appended to the the file and the images are tagged with tags applicable to the entire shoot. Upon import, Lightroom can write the files to two locations. I send one to my desktop and the other to unRAID.

 

I also have SyncToy setup to copy any files from my desktop to unRAID. That directory on unRAID, along with some others, is backed up to Crashplan. Of course my desktop is also backed up to the WSS2011. Yea, I know, way to many copies. I am just a little crazy about losing any of the images.

 

We went over workflow some on jpeg2RAW Show #8 and I am sure this is a subject we will revisit often.

 

Hi, the FileBrowser works fine with the raw files (Canon .CR2). You can view both thumb nails and full screen. Totally agree about the backup thing, never to many in my book. (oh and the fact that my life depends upon it as far as the "Boss" is concerened. :)

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I have started to use an App on the iPad called Photosmith to import the photos to while on the road. There is a Plugin for Lightroom that will then import all the photos off the iPad when I get back home. While I like the App I am waiting on one "major" update...the ability to tag multiple photos at once. This would greatly improve my workflow on the road. The App has the ability to read pretty much any RAW file as well and the developers have been very active in updating their product.

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Tim, sounds like something we can bring up on the show.

 

ikon, not sure if the Fire is going to need these apps to become popular. My bet is it will sell in very large numbers.

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I wonder if the Kindle Fire will have apps like these. If not, it could seriously impact on its popularity.

 

Even if it does, the CPU power of the iPad is significantly more powerful than that of the Fire not to mention much more storage. The fire is more of a media consumption.

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