I feel that I’m closer still to ditching my iMac as my primary photography processing machine. I’ve used my iPad Mini 4 a few times to process and upload my photos. I shot my recent trip to Cheddar in RAW to see how it handled the format. I imported them into the iPad and used Lightroom Mobile, rather than VSCO. The latter has some nice filters and produces some good results. But Lightroom Mobile is by far the more powerful tool for general organisation and processing. And both iPad, Lightroom and VSCO handled the RAW files just fine.
Adobe pissed me off a bit a couple of months ago. I thought I’d try and cut a few costs and decided Lightroom was a non essential £9.99 p/m luxury that could go. It turns out that the subscription is not a monthly rolling deal but an annual commitment, renewing every August. I’m sure it’s in the blurb I signed up to. I get it that they want at least 12 months custom and have a minimum term. But I’ve been a customer for years. I just think these sort of deals are a bit sneaky. You should be able to cancel anytime after the first year is done. It pisses me off. I’ve set the date in my calendar. Their deal is a deal breaker and I will be cancelling this year.
But the bastards still have the upper hand. I still want to use Lightroom Mobile with all the premium features I get from my subscription. That’ll go when I cancel. Or so I thought. Except, it turns out that there is Lightroom Mobile Premium subscription and it is a monthly deal via iTunes. It’s very poorly advertised – the only place I found any info about this is in the app’s details page in the App Store. At £4.49 p/m, it’s not cheap, but does come with 100gb of cloud storage. So I could cancel the monthly subs I pay both Google and Apple for cloud storage that I’d no longer need.
There’s still a few issues in Lightroom Mobile that slightly irk me. It won’t automatically use the file name as the photo title, which it then leaves blank. Unless I manually name it. Which is tiresome. And the tool to straighten images is way too sensitive. But I can’t wait to shell out a small fortune on the new iPad Pro when it comes out later this year, hopefully minus the bezels, and put it to full use as my primary – nay, sole – photograph processor. Then I can cancel that pesky Lightroom sub and start saving cash. I know – the irony isn’t lost on me.