Sometimes gear gets in the way of what I want to do the most, and that's simply create. I want to be able to use the tools I have in the most basic form to make what I have imagined in my head. Whether that is design, photography, or to research more down the road.
I've strategically looked at focusing on a few different areas for personal and freelance opportunities. Photography and branding are always at the forefront but on top of that I want to continue to really look at more hand lettering opportunities and video work as I research more on YouTube. With that, I wanted to create a simple mobile editing system for al those needs. With the tools below I am able to break it down to the things I need and things I know work well and fast all in a lightweight package. Not gonna lie, I'm getting a little tired of my bag getting larger and heavier.
- iPad Pro with Apple Pencil.
- Olympus OM-D EM5 ii
- Incase iPad Pro Bluetooth Keyboard
- Master & Dynamic Headphones
My iPad was first purchased as a tool for practicing and honing my skills in hand lettering but slowly turned to more as I found ways to edit photos, share on social, email and communication, and even edit video work. With the wireless capabilities of my Olympus I can shoot, transfer, and edit all my images with these tools below all with jpg and raw files quickly. The keyboard came with the idea that for a lighter more mobile setup I could use this as my go to station for more blogs like this one. The heads phones, these are just a bonus as I've become more addicted to a high quality noise cancelling setup than the original Apple earbuds.
On top of the wireless capabilities of my camera, solid performance, and add on to a full keyboard the most important thing comes down to apps. Adobe Creative Cloud gives access to existing customers of the full desktop versions the "mini' versions for mobile. That is for most phone and tablet. I have Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop loaded on my iPad currently as my main photography editing options. As well as some other alternatives such as VSCO and Snapseed.
Though you might see some cons to this type of setup, I like the full versions of software like Adobe Illustartor, Photoshop, or Lightroom but I've finding that my editing style doesnt call for anything too complex and I am able to get away with quite a bit of what I was already doing in all the mobile applications for iPad and iPhone.
What do you guys think? Can an iPad or tablet replace the power of a true computer or laptop? Maybe for far more than you might think. Hit me on in the comments below or on Instagram and Twitter to let me know your thoughts, or possibly a photo of your own edit setup. I'll look to share some of you setups in the next blog or on my Instagram stories!
Also, those large monitors in the background are the BenQ PD2500Q price at a sub $300 are outrageously good for both editing and even gaming.