Fixing My Photography Workflow So It Will Work For Me
June 18, 2014 10:57 AM Subscribe
I am in the market for a new Nikon DSLR, but my home laptop/photo workflow situation is sadly out of date and not working for me. Should I consider an iPad for a main photo workflow solution, now that I could get a DSLR with wireless capability? Lots of snowflakes inside.
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The current set-up that used to work but no longer works:
I have a Nikon D300 and a backup Nikon D50, a lot of great Nikon lenses that I love, flashes and and stands and tons of equipment. I'm an experienced intermediate photographer and have even worked professionally, but I have fallen out of it a lot over the last few years. My life changed, but I have also found that I hate my workflow for processing & editing. I have what used to be a good home office set-up with a laptop and calibrated monitors.
However, the laptop is from 2009 and, while it works, it definitely is overdue for upgrading. I also just don't want to spend hours in my home office processing photos anymore. I get stuck in a holding pattern after shooting & backing up photos, and I never actually get around to processing. I have hundreds of photos from vacations in the last couple of years that I haven't even processed because I hate the workflow so much. So now I ignore my nice equipment and shoot & process & upload from my iPhone 5 only. It works and it's not terrible, but I miss my real cameras and wish that I could get back to them.
The lifestyle twist:
I am expecting my first baby in August. Hooray! The idea of relying on my iPhone 5 for photos & video of his early days just makes me sad. I want to be capturing his early days with my big cameras. I want great photography of his growth from Day One. I even want to upgrade to a new DSLR that has video capability so that I can record his every eyelid flutter immediately after birth. Document, document, document!!
But a new DSLR isn't going to change my workflow problem, and infants are not known to increase one's free time to spend hours on hobbies. Maybe I could nurse the baby and process images in the first few months, but it won't be long before he's too mobile to want to spend time with me in the home office, and I don't want to spend any time there myself anyway.
What I want to do is be able to do photos & video at DSLR levels of quality, and then do all of my backing up, processing, and uploading from, say, the living room couch. (Or the den. Or my parents' house.) But I want the same level of processing that I had with the desktop PS workflow. And I don't want to lug around equipment.
I'm researching new Nikon DSLR bodies. It seems like the capability to wirelessly upload shots from my camera to a mobile device is in my price range. An iPad would be significantly less expensive than pricing out a new laptop. The Photography suite of Creative Cloud is available for mobile devices.
I could spend $1500 on new camera equipment this summer, but that's pushing it and it would need to be technology that would stay in place for several years because daycare will make future purchases unlikely.
So, is it possible that I could solve my problem and untether myself from the home office by getting a new Nikon DSLR and an iPad? I don't know! Welcome to the question!
The questions & additional complications:
Please advise! Do you think that a new Nikon DSLR with wireless upload capability along with a new iPad and Creative Cloud will be the workflow that I want? What am I missing? Tell me about the advantages and limitations of this idea.
For instance, I am used to backing up all of my RAW files to an external hard drive. This requires a lot of storage capacity and I don't really want to spend money on a cloud solution for endless RAW files. (The processed images are different- I store those in the cloud.) Can I use the iPad to back up photos from the camera to an external hard drive?
I have a ton of actions saved in CS5 that I haven't tried to move to Photoshop CC yet, but I will want them in my workflow. Can I even use those in Photoshop CC on the iPad?
What about color calibration? Are iPads pretty well color calibrated these days?
Will I have the same level of control over details on Photoshop CC on the iPad? The loss of detail would be disappointing for working on nature photos, but the faster processing & upload times might be worth the trade-off.
Do you have a set-up like this? Did you change over to it from an old timey desktop + Photoshop workflow? Tell me about it. Are you happy with it?