Finally, serious Lightroom photo syncing on the iPad – no iPhoto required

Old workflow for getting cool pictures I’ve taken from my camera to my iPad:

Import photos into Adobe Lightroom. Throw out junk, make fixes, sort and rate. Choose photos I want on my iPad and export to a folder on my hard drive. Drag said folder into iPhoto. Make newly imported photos into a new iPhoto album. Hook up iPad for sync via iTunes. Place check mark on new album in iTunes iPad photo syncing tab. Wait.

New workflow for getting cool pictures I’ve taken from camera to iPad:

Import photos into Adobe Lightroom. Throw out junk, make fixes, sort and rate. Choose photos I want on my iPad, drag to Photosmith publishing service, hit sync.

What a great program, though it does cost $20. What I’ve just described, using the app to send pictures or albums right from Lightroom onto your iPad, is worth more than $20 to me. You also have to install a free Lightroom plugin on your computer to make to all work.

But the other side of the app is for doing field work on photos using just your iPad, which I have not done much in the past but may get more into. Using Apple’s Camera Connection Kit, you can import photos right off your camera into the Photosmith app, rate them, tag them, flag them for deletion etc. You can also directly upload them to a couple of services such as Facebook, Flickr and Dropbox. Then just get near your Mac, open up Lightroom and sync back to your computer. Sweet.

photosmith app screen shot

Annoying limits I’ve encountered so far?

You can’t sync iPad screenshots back to Lightroom. That’s because the iPad makes them in the PNG format which Lightroom doesn’t support. But a fix is coming.

It seems like you can’t use the iPad app to re-arrange photos imported from Lightroom among your collections or make them into a new collection and have the changes sync back to Lightroom. Only new photos imported directly from a camera to the iPad (or taken with the iPad, god have mercy on your soul) sync back to Lightroom.

 

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  • Gerard Murphy

    If you are looking for a pure cloud syncronizing tool designed for Lightroom check out Mosaic View.

    Mosaic View mirrors your Lightroom library. View your Lightroom photos, collections and metadata on the Mosaic web app. No push, publishing or exporting. Couldn’t be easier.

    http://www.mosaicarchive.com/lightroom-ipad-web-app-mosaic-view/

  • Sebastiano

    You can sync images from lightroom to iPad simply exporting them and via iTunes sync the folder. Photosmith is supposed to do more than what you write. It should enable photographers to rate, flag and keyword images on the go. They should download images directly to iPad via camera connection kit or sync from Lightroom. Then, after the work is done, sync back to Lightroom. The problem is that it doesn’t work. It’s full of bugs.

  • http://twitter.com/mikewren MikeWren

    Sorry Photosmith didn’t work out for you like it has for many, many others, Sebastiano. Did Apple issue your refund, per the instructions we sent?

    We’re continuing to develop the Photosmith ecosystem of Lightroom plugin and iOS app so that it works flawlessly for everyone, and we hope you might consider us again.