One can spend umpteen hundreds and perhaps thousands of dollars on Apple gear and high end photo editing software or one can take another approach. What are the primary goals in getting photographs from the camera memory to a place where the applications can work on them?
- Transfer photo files from the camera to a holding place where they can be shared, edited, copied to new albums. I use a Samsung Chromebook Plus for my day to day compute needs so I insert the card reader with the memory card from the camera and the laptop mounts up the drive and I can open the gallery application and view the photos. At this point, I choose which ones I want to upload to Google Photos.
- I open the web version of Google Photos initially and upload the photos I have chosen from the memory card to Google Photos. When this exercise is done, I close the web version and start the Android version of Google Photos since I now can use the Android applications on Chrome OS.
- I can leave the photos the way they are or open them from the Android Google Photos in Android Snapseed to do post processing. I am not big on post processing because I’m still learning the ropes with the camera so I more often delete the memory card contents or reformat after saving only a few.
- Here is where the productivity mode kicks in with these Android applications. I can see them in windowed mode like this.
This creates a more compelling experience for me since I can see both applications running on the screen, use the keyboard and interact with both applications much easier. I think that this is one of the compelling use cases for the chromebooks which have or will have Android app support. This windowed mode is very useful and beats the full screen thing on iPads or Android tablets completely. I can also open a web browser if need be.
The other major factor with this is cost. I did spend more on the Samsung Chromebook Plus because I wanted the stable android apps and the screen resolution but other chromebooks can do this easily at lesser of a cost point. You can get the same apps on a Apple device but the cost of entry is a bit more and you will not get windowed view quite like this. Perhaps you will have it in newer IOS releases though.
The final thing with this workflow is that the android apps are technology I am used to using and I can build the supporting flow to allow easy backups to Google Photos.
Since my chosen FujiFilm camera uses regular memory cards, I bought a cheap card reader with both a Type C and regular USB connector on each end. Very useful as well and quite cheap.
If you are looking to build a workflow and use case which will let you harvest your photographs or images, the Chromebook with Android app support is a reasonable and cost effective solution. Having Google Play Store support makes a lot of difference but the laptop form factor, apps in windowed mode, and the obvious productivity enhancements like keyboard and larger screen that can be split or use with other tools is very nice.