Syncing iPhone Photos with Luminar 3

I have been mulling around writing this article for a while.

I was wondering if it was really worth writing the piece and if people will actually use what I wanted to present.

You see, as with any great idea, you need an audience.

This Blog has seen better days… :-)

Notwithstanding, I decided to move pass through my self-doubt and write the article. I sincerely hope you like it and decide to spread the word.

Workflow

Skylum has outlined a roadmap that includes Cloud Syncing for photos. It seems like is coming on phase III of the development cycle.

So while we wait for that to come, I started thinking about easier ways to move my photos from my mobile decides (iPhones and iPads in my case) to the computer; so I could edit them in Luminar 3 with Libraries.

I know that iOS users can count on AirDrop to transfer photos, but I wanted a more automated way of doing so.

The idea was outlined in this steps:

  1. Take iPhone/iPad (don’t judge) photos

  2. Run some sort of App that syncs photos with my computer

  3. Add folder to Luminar 3 with Libraries, a sort of watch folder.

  4. Import/Organize photos in Luminar

  5. Edit Imported Photos.

Enter Resilio Sync

I have owned a license for the Resilio Sync apps since the company started and before it was called Resilio Sync (It used to be called BitTorrent Sync).

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Resilio Sync is an application that allows you to sync folders and files between devices (Mobiles, computers, tablets, etc) using the power of BitTorrent.

The application is FREE for individuals but it also has a Pro (Paid) version. I believe it runs on any platform you can think of.

In my case, it was exactly what I needed to accessorize my Luminar 3 with Libraries workflow.

Installed Resilio Sync on my iPhone, iPad and Main Computer, and then proceeded to create a Camera Backup Sync on the Mobile devices. Once the link between the mobile devices was created, all it was needed was to locate the folder on the Main Computer where the photos were Synced.

Clicking on the Preferences on the Main Computer shows the location of the Folder…

Clicking on the Preferences on the Main Computer shows the location of the Folder…

Importing Photos into Luminar 3 with Libraries

After opening Luminar 3 with Libraries, it was time to add the Resilio Sync folder to the application in order to import the photos.

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Clicking on the + icon on the Folders section in the Library Module, allows us to browse to the location of the Synced photos. After you hit “Open”, Luminar 3 is going to keep an eye on that folder and any time you sync photos from your mobile devices, they will show up inside Luminar.

All that is left, is to organize them according to your Folder structure in your computer. Easy as pie!

Did I mention that ALL files types are synced? In other words, your RAW (HEIC files), JPEGS, TIFF and PNG files are all synced between the mobile devices and the computer. A really powerful workflow in my opinion.

From there editing is just one click into the Edit Module.

Is not a perfect solution, as the sync is a TWO way sync. In other words, if you make changes or move the photos to other folders, Resilio Sync is going to try to sync again the next time you open the application on the mobile device. I wish there was a way to configure the mobile client to do a one way sync.

In my case, it works until Skylum comes out with a Cloud Sync Solution.

What do you think? Is this something you could use? If you like the solution I hope you decide to spread the word. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section below.

Oh Affinity, I couldn't have Done Without You!!

So my father is writing a book about our family name…

Salomé

I know that is book that he has been planning for a long time (His capacity of planning is truly admirable) and I know that as preparation for it, he interviewed all his aunts and other family to get the gist of the genealogy tree.

One of the things he is including, are old pictures of relatives. Some of them people that I probably never had the pleasure or I was too little to even remember.

One such people, is my great grandmother, on my father side, Salomé.

So he had this picture of her that was in pretty bad shape. Looks like it when to war with some humidity and it lost the battle!

He was here visiting and he said that he was going to send it to me to see if I could do something with it. I didn't think he was going to send me the actual physical picture but he did. It took almost a month to get here (via snail mail, of course) and it got here the day of the big storm.

The manila envelope was wet and I though: “Oh, great, just what I needed, a family heirloom ruined by rain!”. Thankfully, it was ok. The envelope took most of the brunt of the rain (like the photo needed more humidity).

I immediately scanned the photo using my Epson Workforce Printer (My Canon scanner is nowhere to be found since the move) and decided to open the photo in Affinity Photo.

First thing I did was turned it into Black and White to remove the red color from the humidity stains and decided to save a Work in Progress (WIP) version and work on it later.

At night and before I went downstairs, I decided to copy the WIP to the cloud, to see if I could do some work on my iPad. Affinity Photo has, to everybody’s pleasure, a iPad version that is fully complete.

As I laid down in my bed, I was able to work on the photo with a level of detail that I had never achieved using photoshop. The combination of Affinity Photo, the iPad, the Apple Pencil and some Ghost of Paraguay music, made the restoration a breeze and a joy!!

I was able to complete 95% of the work last night, something that took me days on Photoshop on a previous restoration. Oh Boy! I am totally hooked on the Affinity Products.

What you see here is not the finished photo (I reserve the right to only share that with my father, for his book) but what I had completed on the iPad last night. The before and after can tell you that I could not have done it without the help of Affinity Photo.

What an incredible fast workflow!! I can see myself working more like this.

Affinity allows you to connect to any cloud storage (in this case I used iCloud, but I have worked on Affinity Designer using other solutions like Tresorit) contrary to Photoshop that tries to force you to only use their stupid cloud solution as part of the Creative Cloud Subscription.

If you are not using the Affinity Products, give yourself a few days, download the trials and believe me when I say these will change your life. They have Affinity Photo (Photoshop like Editor), Affinity Designer (Illustrator like Vector based Editor) and now you can even download the Beta version of Affinity Publisher (InDesign like Layout Program).

There is a learning curve involved, but nothing you can get over easily using Affinity Vimeo channel with plenty of tutorials.

I can’t wait to play more with this wonderful suit of applications. Thank you Affinity by Serif!!