I've been asked a few times on Twitter now I'm sharing more of my photos - what's your set up and how are you posting them?.
I thought this seemed a good opportunity to share how I'm doing it all.
(All links at the end of the post)
- iPhone 6S as my point and shoot
- CANON 70D, which I take out with me most of the time and is my go to camera
- Apple iOS SD Card reader, for backups and getting images off my camera
- Lowepro 22L Hatchback camera bag
- CANON EF 100-400mm lens (for aviation), 75-300mm is in use the rest of the time
- iPad Pro 128GB, my mobile computer
IOS SET UP AND BACKUP
I use PHOTOS on MAC and IOS so it made sense for me to purchase extra storage from Apple and go all in on iCloud Photo Library. It took a while to get my images up into the cloud with my slow connection but I'm glad I did. I can be at ease that all of my images and videos are in the cloud and (touch wood) haven't experienced any problems with the service so far.
I also take advantage of iCloud Shared Photo Libraries (more on this later).
GETTING IMAGES OFF THE CANON
The previous step is all fine for taking images in iOS but what about your DSLR?, well I use the SD Card reader from Apple. Even though I have the iPad Pro 12.9" I still use the old adaptor so I don't get full USB 3 speeds. I can live with this although during my recent 3 day trip to RAF Fairford for the Air Tattoo I was probably spending at least an hour just to preview and import images from my memory cards. I shoot in RAW so the images tend to be at least 25MB each, this will take it's time - be patient.
My workflow for the day tends to be shoot loads, delete obvious blurs or missed shots on the camera itself then import to my iPad when I have a break or am back home. The beauty of the LOWEPRO HATCHBACK is that you can fit an iPad or 13" MacBook Pro into the front pocket so it's been a great addition to my daily carry.
SAVING THE BEST IMAGES
At this point in PHOTOS I should have
- All of my photos taken on my iPhone
- All of the images imported from my DSLR
I much prefer the iPad experience of filtering out the photos I don't want. I simply use the PHOTOS app to flick through, deleting any that I don't want to keep.
I then make use of iCloud Photo Sharing to create a new album E.g. FAIRFORD2016, which is only shared with myself. This makes finding and sharing images a lot easier later on, it also means that they are backed up somewhere else. I'm unclear on the restrictions but some of my albums have 200+ images and videos in them.
SHARING WITH SOCIAL NETWORKS
I love sharing images with the community, be it on Twitter or Instagram. This is the key reason to get everything in one place on iOS and in shared albums.
E.g. I am in Instagram and want to share an image from FAIRFORD2016. I can simply pick the image from my shared FAIRFORD2016 iCloud library that I created in the section above.
Instagram and Twitter generally work ok with anything in the cloud that isn't yet downloaded, if you find that the image being shared is of low quality the best bet is to go into PHOTOS and let it download to device. This does happen occassionally but not enough to stop me from using this workflow.