Thursday, November 24, 2011

Final Step with the Camera Connection Kit

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After a Wednesday late-afternoon drive around Bear Valley Springs with the trusty old 40D, I decided it was time to trot out that camera cable and connect to the iPad. It was simple as pie. Of course, the RAW files from the 40D aren't 21 megapixels, but the operation went smoothly. I can see that it chews up quite bit of battery juice. I decided what the heck. I had come this far without using the desktop I may as well complete the exercise and process the small set of photos with Snapseed and FilterStorm.

In the interest of full disclosure, I didn't download more than half a dozen files on this trial run. That means I have no idea how this would work if I had attempted to transfer 50 or 60 files. I have read that this sometimes causes the computer to freeze up. I have also read that your RAW files are converted to jpg's as they are transferred and they are downsized. Both of those things make sense to me. Earl, have I got all this right? I think I read all this on Terry White's Adobe Photoshop tech blog.

I now pronounce myself ready to move to the next phase. Time to refine the basic skills I have acquired and begin planning a weekend trip. The fundamentals are in place. Soon I will be travel-ready and that means ready for traveling light. Should I tell The Husband? Yeah, I think he is already on to me.

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  1. Anita, I see your coming right along on using the iPad in your "lighter photo workflow." I've never tried using the USB cable to connect a camera to the iPad and transferring photos. I've always used the SD Card reader and imported photos directly from a SD Card. I suspect using the USB connection might take a bit more battery power and time then the direct card read method.

    During our trip to europe I shot with both a Canon S90 and an Olympus E-P2 both of which use SD Cards. At nights I would transfer (backup) all my days photos to my iPad. This was often several hundred 10-14mb files and I never notices a huge drain of battery level or experienced an iPad freeze up. The transfer was reasonably fast as well. By the end of our trip I had transferred almost 1000 photos.

    I was also shooting entirely in RAW and I never experienced/noticed downsizing or a conversion to JPG during the transfer process...but maybe I need to go back and look at that. Was this something your camera was doing on it's end when using the USB transfer method?

    Lovely photo here and well processed. You'd never know it was a "lite" version. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  2. Anita, a very wise man once told me that you won't get anywhere without a plan. You are off to a good start.

  3. Earl—After thinking about what I wrote, I believe Terry White was clarifying that I am processing a jpg, not storing a jpg. Big difference. Of course you would know about this, because you came home and synced those files to your computer. You would have noticed! You can tell that I haven't yet synced back to my desktop. Thanks for your input.

    I did have a lovely Thanksgiving, thank you. I hope you had a wonderful day, as well. And, thank you for the nice words about the photo. I like that term, "lite"

  4. Steve—I can see why you call him a "wise" man. I am getting closer to a solid plan. Thanks for your thoughts.

  5. Monte—These challenges are what keep us feeling young—at least on some days. Thank you for commenting.


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