Editing D800 raw files on an Android tablet
All D800 owners know what a great images this camera can produce. However, up until 3 weeks ago, I could never be sure as to how good the quality of any one nef image was until I got home and downloaded my files to my PC where I could then examine my images with Photoshop or Lightroom or other editor. Now, I have a much faster and more convenient way to do so using Photo Mate Pro with its raw extension option running on my Nexus 10 tablet. This one app alone has made my purchase of an android tablet worth it. Right now, I am sitting in my vacation home where I only have an older HP tablet with its low quality display. Although I have View NX2, LR 3 and PS CS3 installed on it, I am unable to tell how good my D800 raw images really are until, like I said, I am able to use my high quality, profiled monitor on my home PC. With the Photo Mate app, I can very quickly download 40 mb raw images via the usb ports of the camera and tablet and quickly examine and edit the photos. This app has many, if not most, of LR's functions and they are blazingly fast! One can even quickly convert the image to a jpeg and email it. Of course,I don't know how fast it would be on a lesser tablet than mine. The app with raw option costs a little over $8...a steal. It also works with raw images from a D7100, which I also own.
One other app, which is free, and also amazing is DSLR Dashboard. This takes your Live View image and places it on your tablet where you are provided with controls over every camera function. You also place your focus point by just touching the object on which you want to focus. You can also review your image after you've taken it but it's not a replacement for Photo Mate.
Finally, I own a great Joy Factory mount which allows me to attach my tablet to my tripod.
If anyone has any questions, feel free to post them.
Attached is a photo showing my camera setup with my D800 on a tripod and my tablet mounted on my tripod and running DSL Dashboard. The second photo shows my tablet editing the raw image I just shot and using Photo Mate Pro with the Raw option.
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#2. "RE: Editing D800 raw files on an Android tablet" | In response to Reply # 1Tue 03-Sep-13 08:45 AM
I think the issue with the iPad is that it has no USB connector and the only way you can communicate with a camera is via wireless. This was yet another reason I chose android over apple, plus my wife has an iPad if I need one.
#3. "RE: Editing D800 raw files on an Android tablet" | In response to Reply # 0
Are you saying that the image quality on the tablet is comparable to your larger profiled monitor? Your post seems to focus on the editing capability using the Photo Mate app. I also use a two year old 11" HP laptop when I travel but my problem is not the editing software or speed (I run CS5)but the low quality image on the screen. I can't profile the laptop monitor and consequently can't rely on the color accuracy of the images I edit in the field.
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#4. "RE: Editing D800 raw files on an Android tablet" | In response to Reply # 3Tue 03-Sep-13 12:28 PM
No, I am not claiming that I can edit as well on my tablet. What I am saying is that the quality of the tablet (300 PPI resolution and decent enough color accuracy) and the quality of the PhotoMate app is allowing me to accurately evaluate the quality of my images. Having satisfied myself that I now have a good image, I will later process it on my home PC. I print my best images and the tablet and apps are not suited for that.
I have installed SpyderGallery on my tablet, which is free from DataColor but you need the Spyder 4 to use it, and it profiles your tablet. However, you can only use it by looking at an image from within the app, I.e., you can't use your profiled display to then edit your image in other apps.
One again, PhotoMate is so fast and easy to use, I won't hesitate to transfer nef files to it in the field as opposed to the much bigger effort of using my older, low quality laptop which gives me less valuable results.
There is a free version of PhotoMate. Anyone potentially interested should try it out and see for themselves. Or, own the full version for 15 minutes and get a refund if you don't like it.
#5. "RE: Editing D800 raw files on an Android tablet" | In response to Reply # 0
This is probably too much to expect, but I assume once edited you have to re-edit if you take into lightroom? I.e. it doesn't produce compatible XMP's by chance does it?
I take a Surface Pro with me frequently, and do a rough edit on it, then just take the NEF and XMP back into lightroom to keep any edits I did (mostly crops and captions, but some exposure). I find it is very helpful, I can have all the shots culled and a rough edit done on the tablet, then not loose any of that work when I take it into lightroom on the desktop (I just import the XMP, I don't bother exporting and importing catalogs, but you could do that as well).
I had a Nexus 10, but got the pro mostly because it could do photoshop -- the Nexus 10 was MUCH nicer in almost all regards other than running windows.
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#6. "RE: Editing D800 raw files on an Android tablet" | In response to Reply # 5Tue 03-Sep-13 01:22 PM | edited Tue 03-Sep-13 02:14 PM by Kennebunk Larry
Good question... Without checking out if that works, I can tell you that Photo Mate creates an xmp file.
#7. "RE: Editing D800 raw files on an Android tablet" | In response to Reply # 6
#8. "RE: Editing D800 raw files on an Android tablet" | In response to Reply # 0
Great stuff Larry, thanks!
Can you shoot some video comparatively?
A few of us would love to see if the program and app(s) carry over to the filmic side of things?
If it is a viable alternative to a separate monitor (USB versus HDMI) that will be interesting.
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