Hi Lifehacker, I recently purchased my other half a DSLR camera for Christmas. She doesn’t have a laptop or PC, and I’m not sure we could warrant buying a computer for the purpose of touching up photographs. She does have an iPad Air, and I’m contemplating purchasing a single-bay NAS for photo backups (which will sync to my own NAS for redundancy).
Short of buying another computer, what do you think is the best way forward for backups and organisation? She’d use a tablet for the purpose of simple touch ups and organising/deleting photos. She isn’t computer savvy, so a simple solution is preferred. Thanks, Photo Plans
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There are stacks of great editing tools on iOS that are optimised for the iPad. Examples include Camera+ (a feature packed all-rounder), VSO Cam (which contains Instagram-style filters), Photo Editor by Aviary, (a beginner-friendly image editor) Camera Noir (great for adding black-and-white), Snapseed (a touch-optimised photo editor with a solid Auto Correct mode) and Adobe Photoshop Express.
Our personal pick is Camera+ which will set you back $6.49. This is a fast and user-friendly photography app that comes with a swathe of useful features. It is still updated frequently, which means there’s always something new to tool around with. In addition to its solid editing capabilities, you can also use Camera+ to take photos from inside the app — handy for those times when your wife doesn’t have her DSLR handy. Crucially, the camera software allows you to set focus and exposure separately and comes with an inbuilt image stabiliser. You can download the app here.
Unfortunately, syncing your photos to a NAS is a bit trickier, since iOS doesn’t like exposing its file system. One possible solution is to transfer your photos from the camera to the iPad and then store them in the cloud using an automated service such as IFTTT . You can set IFTTT up so that any photos that appear in an iPad album are immediately sent to the online storage provider of your choice (supported options include Dropbox, Google Drive, Flickr, Box and OneDrive). You can also use IFTTT to send photos stored in the cloud back to the iPad for edits/touch-ups.
We’re also going to throw this one over to our readers. What’s the best solution for editing and storing DSLR photos using just an iPad? Share your tips and recommendations in the comments section below.
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