iPad for traveling photographers – Part 5 – Transfer your photos

You’re back home, and now your iPad is full!

So you’ve had your iPad for a few months and perhaps gone on a few trips with it. If you’re like me and shoot exclusively raw photos and use the iPad as an archive, then chances are your iPad is full. If you’re not quite there yet, and are still preparing for a vacation with your iPad, read this post to learn about some good apps to take along with you.

You want your vacation photo archive transferred to your computer

I was recently faced with the task of getting my archived photos off the iPad and onto my Mac computer. To my delight, I found several free and easy ways to do this. Watch the video to see what I did using Aperture, iPhoto and Lightroom.

This works with lots of different software, not just the ones I showed in the video.

If you use any of the following software, you don’t need any fancy apps to do this for free:

  • Apple’s iPhoto or Photos app
  • Lightroom
  • Photoshop – Using Bridge
  • Photoshop Elements – using the Organizer
  • Aperture

I’ve tested all these apps myself. This may also work in earlier versions of the software.

I didn’t demonstrate importing from Photoshop in the video, but it’s super easy too. Just do it through Bridge, the same way you import your photos from memory cards.

All you need to do is go to the Get Photos from Camera (or similar) menu of each of software and the iPad will show up like a memory card or a tethered camera.


To be fair, I haven’t tried this on a Windows machine. So, if you use Windows I have a feeling that it will be just as simple, at least if you use Lightroom, Photoshop and Elements. Please, let me know!


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