use photostream as backup solution when traveling

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by smellalot, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. smellalot, Jun 2, 2012
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    smellalot macrumors 6502

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    hey photographers!

    I was wondering if it's possible to use photostream to backup the photos taken with my Nikon D40 to iCloud when traveling for a long time.
    Maybe it is also possible to wake the mac over the internet and run Aperture so it downloads the pictures and makes a time machine backup.

    Does the iPad still delete the exif information of the importet photos? That would make this solution useless.

    It would be like this:

    Nikon D40 -> SD-card -> camera connection set -> iPad -> iCloud -> Mac


    Is anyone doing this? I just came back from my first trip with iPhone+iPad and absolutely loved to watch my pictures taken with my iphone on my iPad. Would be great to add my Nikon to the photostream family :)

    Edit: forgot to mention I want to transfer photos in RAW format.
     
  2. AlexH macrumors 68000

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    This probably isn't a very helpful post, but I just use Flickr. I have a pro account, it saves the original photograph, EXIF data intact, easy backup solution when traveling and you have internet access.
     
  3. smellalot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, thanks for your input anyway. I already use a free account on Flickr and like it.
    Do you transfer RAW or JPEG? I use RAW only, because that way I can take more pics/sec on my camera.
    When downloading the pictures from Flickr Pro are they exactly the same as on the camera?
     
  4. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

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    Photo Stream uses JPEG.
    I would never use it to back up unless it't backups of finished JPEGs or if I'm strictly shooting JPEGs.
     
  5. AlexH macrumors 68000

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    That's a good point. It will use or convert to JPEG.
     
  6. smellalot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    For anybody interested in this, I just found this article: http://www.tuaw.com/2011/11/06/deep-dive-aperture-and-photo-stream-how-do-they-work/ in which the author says the iPad in fact does upload RAW pictures as long as they're not modified. So I might give this a try.

    Why? This is much better than no backup at all. Especially with a Mac at home downloading the photos.
     

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