One of the downsides of Portland is that, despite our beautiful harbor, it faces east, away from sunset. I’m an unabashedly bad sunrise photographer. I’m up at the right time most of the year, but the comfort of my bed often outweighs golden hour in the morning.
Maybe that means my photographers license should be revoked, I don’t know, but what I do know is that catching a great sunset over Lake Champlain in Burlington was an awesome end to a fantastic trip.
Ever since Adobe announced they were bringing full-fledged Photoshop to the iPad at this year’s Adobe MAX, I’ve been secretly considering picking up an iPad Pro to act as an on-the-go photo editing machine. When they announced revamped devices last week, now seemed as good a time as any to jump.
I ducked over to Scarborough to get in some good shooting time with my trusty Fujifilm X100F to catch the last gasps of fall and snag a few choice shots that I could use as a test. So far, I’ve been very impressed.
I snagged the 11” model with 256GB of storage, enough to accommodate oodles of RAW photos and Photoshop files and got to work. I’d used Lightroom CC on my phone before, and was mildly happy with the results. Mostly, I felt like it began to chug when adding more complicated color corrections and effects. That issue is completely solved with the iPad.
One issue that I’ve had, and it’s entirely a software issue, is the inability for Lightroom to apply color-specific hue adjustments, a feature I’ve grown to love in the deskstop app. That’s a minor concern, though, as this is a device I see as facilitating more enthusiast photography rather than supplanting a dedicated laptop or desktop.
I’ll be spending the next few days with this device in Burlington followed by a week in Grand Cayman, where I will see what it’s like to use just a mobile device like this for capture and edit of photos.