With a little help from some friends.


It's been a while since I've been able to take any photos, and some of my gear's changed. Most notably, I've swapped from a laptop to an iPad Pro when I'm out and about.

A while back, I was asked to photograph an event and have the shots edited and uploaded (to the client's site) by the end of the night so that everyone attending would have the opportunity to share them on social media etc that night, or in the next couple of days. I thought it was a really good idea and I was keen to have a go. Turns out, it worked quite well. However, I did all of this using my laptop.

So I wanted to put the iPad to the test to see how easy it would be to do something similar. This meant taking a load of photos, transferring the photos from my camera to it  and edit them, then upload them to an online folder where they could be downloaded by a client. 

It turns, out, it was easier than I thought (although I swerved sending over wifi for an SD reader since discovering you can't transfer RAW files over wifi... in 2018?!) even though it took slightly longer than I thought it would.

It's obviously not as easy as sorting through the JPEGs on my desktop then editing the RAWs and using custom presets, and I'm sure it would only ever be on the rare occasion that a client would need the photo's taking, editing, then processing all within such a short period of time... but it proved it can be done, and to quite a high standard.  

I was also practicing mixing prime lenses (23mm f/2 and 56mm f/1.4) in a single 'live' shoot to see whether they would be obviously distinguishable in one album. Very often I found that it was obvious to tell the difference between my 24-70mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.2 even when I wasn’t trying to push the f/stop to its max. It's hard even to technically articulate why... I've always just been able to spot the difference. I know prime's tend to be slightly crisper, and the aspect is affected, but it was more than the shape and definition. Sometimes there's just a different 'feel' to them.

I was pleased with how well they mixed in the end.

Apart from a couple, where I was purposefully trying to achieve a shallow depth of field, it's hard to tell the difference.