I have been reading on the internet for months. I’ve lost hours watching YouTube videos and everyone told me it does not work!
What’s not working you’re asking?
Well, using the iPad as your only computing device, beside the ubiquitous SmartPhone of course.
I’m very easily influenced by the opinions of strangers. I easily fall for recommandations of gear, of cameras and lenses. You might say I have no proper own opinion!
All the photos in this post are from my Spotmatic with Agfa Vista 200 film.
That’s one of the reasons for my diverse and expensive G.A.S. Episodes.
But I am stronger! I can assert myself and I’ve already shown that by paring down my cameras to just three. And the Pentax MX you might ask. The MX just spent some time with me. I decided I don’t really need it as I use M42 Takumar lenses anyways, exclusively and my Spotmatic fulfills every need.
It’s going away… If anyone is interested, drop me a line in the comments!
And perhaps I’m not finished with slimming down….
But that’s not the subject for today. Let’s get back to the topic, to the fact that sometimes everyone tells you what’s good for you. What to buy and what to use. If ever you have a different opinion you’re obviously a hopeless loser.
So what did I do that the whole world told me is not working?
I already talked about it in the last weeks. It’s my migration from a ‘real’ computer to the iPad… and ONLY the iPad!
It’s been a month now that I have not touched my MacMini and I really don’t miss it. And I not only use the iPad for browsing the web and reading mail… and for writing silly stuff on my blog. I’m a photographer (OK, a hobby-photographer…) and what’s more I use film nearly exclusively. So I’m supposed to need Lightroom as the internet wants to make me believe. And I certaily need to scan my negatives to get any good quality and I have to use a computer for that!
I don’t have to do anything they say. There’s another way! And it works. It needs quite a bit of rethinking, of searching for new solutions, of doing things unlike anything you ever did. But it works!
The photos in this post are the living proof that it works and that it works very well!
So as I said in the previous posts (HERE and HERE), I use this stuff to get it right. It’s still not perfect but I’m getting there. I need a more solid stand for the camera, a better solution for using my lightpad but the results are there!
On my iPad I tried a load of apps supposed to give me the results I looked for. Some were plain bad, some passable, some did some bits, some tried to do it all.
In the end I settled on a rather less known app called POLARR. It gives Lightroom Mobile and Affinity Photo a run for their money. Hmmm, talking about money, it’s not the cheapest app at 21€ (and will go subscription in the future) but honestly it’s totally worth the money. And if you buy the PRO version before they change their business to suscription model in the next weeks you still get an unlimited license!
It does it all! And it integrates into Apple’s Photos as an extension with all the stuff available. I use it to crop out the scanned film borders, invert the negative and even very easily get color negatives right. Take a look how it works:
As Doug Anderson said, the iPad has no easy way to make a contact sheet of the negatives. I searched theApp Store for some time and ended up with PDF Photos. The app is not really intended for this but you can create a custom template to print your chosen number of thumbnails on an A4 page… perfect!
What’s missing? Well there’s one thing. Printing is still not perfect on the iPad. The standard print dialog is very poor and even the Canon Print app has barely better settings to get your print right. But the results are quite acceptable.
And for professional printing work you can always rely on pro labs. Anyways, printing is still another world for me and until I’ll be up to speed with a good printer (mine cost 65€…) I guess there will be some new solutions around.
So I found my new computer! And I’m happy with it. It does all I need done and I carry it with me wherever I go.
On my desk I use it with a bluetooth keyboard, a USB hub with SD card reader for transferring my ‘scans’ and on the road I use the the on-screen keyboard. It’s perhaps not perfect but it works really well, even better the more you get used to it!
Honestly, try it, and don’t let anyone tell you what’s good for you! EVER!
Thanks for reading!