I’m back from the wilds of the Sierra Nevada, and have brought about 500 photos with me. That is some gorgeous country! (The area we stayed at is about 12 miles from the Yosemite National Park boundary.)
After testing the system, I can now say that an iPad, a camera, and an iPad Camera Connector Kit make an unbeatable combination. I could download each day’s photos onto my iPad for viewing, editing/discarding, and showing (the built-in slide show feature is pretty slick), while maintaining the originals on my camera’s memory card as a backup. Since the card is 8GB, I never maxed it out and thus arrived home with two copies of my photo collection — a major plus for a data-paranoid person like me. (I’m one of those people who keeps not one but two external drive backups, plus an online backup, of all my files.)
Besides the security of having multiple copies, I loved being able to swiftly download the day’s photos and see them in full gorgeous color on the iPad. It enabled me to travel without my laptop and still have full control over my images. That meant a smaller, lighter load and much less dependency on power outlets, both big advantages when staying in a wild location.
If Apple comes out with an iOS version of Aperture, my poor laptop may never come on another trip.
(The above photo is of swallowtail butterflies “puddling,” a behavior in which males drink from moist sand or rocks at the edge of a body of water. The water deposits contain salts and minerals which are unavailable in nectar, and which are incorporated into the butterflies’ sperm. After copulation, the salts and minerals are then introduced into the eggs, increasing their viability. I took this at the edge of Pinecrest Lake.)