If editing DSLR photos on an iPad in their original, RAW format is the holy grail for many professional photographers and hobbyist alike, editing DSLR photos on an iPad, in RAW, using Adobe's workflow is likely the holiest of holies. It just might also be a reality, if not today, then at some point in a future that's near-ish. In fact, it's already been previewed on popular photography podcast, The Grid. Here's the description:
Tom Hogarty, Adobe's group product manager for Lightroom, brings a sneak peek to the future of processing raw photos on a tablet. Although Tom wouldn't reveal a launch date for the new prototype he did demonstrate some of the features on an iPad, and also offered several details about its features.
My RAW workflow today consists of yanking the SD card from my camera, slapping it into my rMPB, loading images into Lightroom (or more often, Aperture), right-clicking, and choosing Edit in Photoshop. When it comes to photography, I'm still a truck driver. Of course, that workflow comes with a camera bag that often feels as heavy as a truck.
The idea of being on the road, with only a DSLR strapped across my shoulder and an iPad mini in my jacket pocket, and being able to pull in photos, in DNG Smart Preview, and triage and pre-process them... That idea holds a lot of appeal. And it feels like the future.
No word yet on when, where, and how Lightroom for iPad will appear, or how well a full on RAW workflow will really perform, but I want it now. If you shoot RAW, let me know what you think -- is Lightroom for iPad in your future?
(Demo starts 18 min. in.)