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.
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:
Take iPhone/iPad (don’t judge) photos
Run some sort of App that syncs photos with my computer
Add folder to Luminar 3 with Libraries, a sort of watch folder.
Import/Organize photos in Luminar
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).
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.
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.
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.