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  • I came across PhotoSmith a while ago but always found the space limitation to be too much of an er…limitation! Even with a 64Gb iPad there’s not a huge amount of space for images from a 5D2. I tend to take my netbook with 500Gb drive with me instead which allows me to use LR proper and also get several backups done. Not as “sexy” as using my iPad tho!

    However you can now get HyperDrive HDs that connect to your iPad – allowing up to 750Gb. They’ve also now got a ColorSpace for iPad with is the same portable backup device you’re probably familiar with, but can connect to the iPad via the camera connection kit so I presume would resolve the space limitations for PhotoSmith usage.

    http://www.hypershop.com/HyperDrive-iPad-Hard-Drive-s/183.htm

    Mind you, they cost the same as an iPad! I’ll be sticking with my netbook 🙂

  • Matt says:

    I definitely recommend Easy Release as well. It’s by far the best model release app I’ve used. I’ve been using it on my iPhone. It’s so easy to create a release, get a signature and then email it off to both parties.

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Duncan, I agree, the iPad/Photosmith workflow certainly has limitations, but in certain situations, it can get the job done. I have seen the HyperDrive, but like other iPad compatible hard drives, at this point, there is no way to transfer files form the iPad to another drive without first syncing to a Mac. That’s why DropBox seems to be the best option for backing up if you’re working with a large number of photos in Photosmith.

    Keep in mind, this is all still very brand new technology, and I expect that in time, these kinds of issues will be solved. Look how far we’ve come already!

  • Duncan Fawkes says:

    Didnt realise the HyperDrive had that limitation – that’s a bit of a deal breaker right there 🙁

    Agreed its all new and there’s lots of scope for improvement going forward – exciting times! For me now I’m happy with netbook + HD option for on the go processing – and still take my iPad with me – but agree photosmith on iPad is a (less) usable alternative if that’s what you’ve got handy.

    To add another app, if you haven’t seen check out onOne’s Camera Remote which lets you control your camera including live view from iPad or iPhone. Limitation is you need a wifi network and a computer connected to the camera but you could do some cool stuff with it. (using personal hotspot on an iPhone to connect the iPad to the computer would work I would think – albeit using an awful lot of kit to accomplish it!)

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    Terry Bourk

    I have read you new book “Behind the Landscape.” I could not “put it down” meaning that I kept at it because each photo you presented/analyzed was interesting and informative. I am trying to develop an eye for composition (both the scene and the light).

    Thank you! The examples you present and the suggestions are very helpful. Purple Mountains, McKinley River and Wonder Lake are fascinating.


    Roger Sinclair

    You have done it again! Another triumph.

    Your generosity to share, the clarity of thought and concise explanation thereof is brilliant. Perhaps I should also mention the beautiful photos and the talent necessary to produce them.

    Thank you, Dan.