My post processing workflow is very consistent these days, and follows one of two paths.
1. The camera creates images I like on board so I don’t need to do anything except upload them to my MacBook by putting the memory card in a USB reader and importing en masse with Image Capture. These images then back up automatically to Google Photos.
For b/w photographs, my Pentax Q, Panasonic Lumix GF1 and Lumix LX3 perform straight out of camera magic admirably. The only camera that can do it for colour is my humble Golden IXUS, a Canon Digital IXUS 870 IS, to give it its full moniker.
2. I make the pictures in camera that I know will need some procesing, then upload to my MacBook and Google Photos as above. Then I use the Google Photos app on my Sony Xperia Android phone to convert those required to b/w, using Snapseed. As this is Google owned too, it syncs very smoothly with Google Photos and the process takes about 13 seconds for each image.
So this is the processing side.
For editing, the set up I find most simple and most rewarding visually, is the Google Photos app on my iPad.
My phone has an excellent screen, and whilst not huge, it’s large enough and detailed enough to process with Snapseed.
But to then really separate the good from the less good, I prefer a larger screen to absorb and appreciate the images.
I can (and sometimes do) do the editing on my MacBook with its 15 inch screen.
But even with Chrome on full screen mode, each image still has the row of icons visible top right and the left and right arrows either side as your swiping through.
Plus the aspect ratio is different, so the 4:3 images which I make almost exclusively these days as the default of most digital compacts, appear with black borders at the sides.
To delete an image, you click the rubbish bin icon then click again to confirm deletion.
With Google Photos on the iPad though, you can tap to make the icons vanish, and they stay vanished while you swipe through.
And to delete an image, you tap to make the icons appear at the bottom, then tap the rubbish once and it’s done, automatically then displaying the next image.
As the iPad also has an aspect ratio of 4:3, my images fit exactly.
In other words, the iPad simply could not display the image in any more of a simple and optimised way, it’s the pure image, filling the screen to the very edges, with zero distractions. Bliss!
These differences might seem quite trivial. But hey, we’re photographers, visuals are important!
Finally, although the raw measurements of my MacBook screen are greater – 15 inches compared with the 9.7 inches of the iPad – because you use the iPad closer to your body and face, and a laptop is always much further away, the perceived difference is actually very little.
If anything the iPad feels bigger, because it’s closer, and hence takes up more of your immediate field of view, and your holding it your hands, it’s more tactile, more intimate.
And so I find the iPad with Google Photos is easily my preferred choice for editing photos, and the best digital way to connect with and enjoy them most fully.
How about you? What device/app combination do you prefer to use to edit your photos?
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