Photography With An Old iPad

I’m a bit of a tech-geek, and like a lot of people, I love using my tablet. It’s an iPad Air 2, which came out in late 2014; it still works great! As much as I like the iPad-as-my-only-computer lifestyle, some things make it hard, like finding an app that will help but then realizing – your tablet is not supported.

What!? My futuristic tablet is too far in the past for a modern new photo app?

So yeah, bummer, because I really like photography too. Doing my photo hobby on my iPad would meld together two of my faves: technology and photography.

Focus On Photos. And iPad.

I’ve been an Adobe Lightroom user for years. And my iPad Air 2 runs the new Lightroom CC app just fine! In fact, I like it a lot. But what I don’t like is the required subscription cost: $10 every single month forever. No thanks! I’d much rather pay up front, in full, and be done.

I learned last week about a cool new photo app, which was released April 9th, called Pixelmator Photo. Best of all, it only costs a tiny one-time fee to download and use for as long as you want!

I’ll click “Like,” “Share,” “Download,” and “Take My Money” for that.

So I was thinking this modern photo app could be “the one” that lets me break away from Lightroom on my desktop PC and do all my photo organizing and editing on my trusty iPad. But then I learned that my iPad is no longer awesome enough to work with such an awesome app.

My tablet is old, but not obsolete. Yet it’s not supported by the Pixelmator Photo app. Sigh.

I’m still in search of a great photo app to replace Lightroom on my PC. But of course, I’ve also started to think maybe it’s time to upgrade my iPad. The better time to sell is before it’s truly obsolete.

Photos On iPad. Or PC. Or Mac.

Apple’s built-in Photos app is good. But for a picture-taking enthusiast like me, it’s not good-enough. The Pixelmator Photo app looks great, but my iPad Air 2 is not good-enough.

It seems like I should either downgrade my photo needs or upgrade my tablet. But there’s a middle ground I’m sticking to. My iPad is my primary device; I use it for most things. But for the few things where my current PC is better – Lightroom for photography – I use that instead.

You might suggest that I consider getting a Mac, since the Photos app there has more robust editing features. I think that would be nice, but then here comes a money problem again.

I could pay full-price up-front for a Mac, but it costs a lot more than an iPad. And I would rather stick to just an iPad and iPhone because of iOS – one simple unified system. Also, my household runs Windows for the PC, and I don’t want to mix things up with MacOS. Simplify, unify…

Anyways, instead of an iPad-only lifestyle, I’ve got an iPad-mostly lifestyle. Either way, all-tech, all-geek, that sort of stuff.

Have you tried Pixelmator Photo? Do you prefer your PC/Mac or your tablet for most computery things? Let me know in the comments, or message me. Thanks!

3 thoughts on “Photography With An Old iPad

  1. I recently bought Pixelmator Photo and like it so far. I still have more to explore, but so far I think it offers a great set of features for getting the most out of my photos. The problem is that it’s not great for organizing photos. It treats them all as files, so features such as albums, favorites, search, people, locations, sharing, etc. aren’t there. I really like the Apple Photos app for this. It’d be nice if there was a way to merge the two together. I guess I’ll do the “import/edit/save to photos” dance for now.

    Have you looked at Affinity Photo? It supports the iPad Air 2 and looks very impressive. I’ve not used it myself, but I’ve wondered how well it works.

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    1. Thanks Rob. That’s good first-hand info. I wondered how robust the library part of PP was. Sounds too lacking. A screenshot on their website seems to show some kind of albums. Seems like it may be showing just the albums from the

      I kind of think Photos is good enough for organizing, but the app lacks edit tools like curves and selective/brush edits. It’s not too bad overall. It’s hard to let a tool like LR go. I might give in someday and just subscribe to LR CC.

      I have not tried Affinity Photo because it looks more like Photoshop than Lightroom. More of an image editor/creator than a photo editor, if that makes sense.

      I am sort of trying Polarr and Darkroom. Maybe I’ll give Snapseed a try.

      I want a tool that does edits and organizing like LR but without the subscription model.

      And to be honest, this kind of issue does start to give me an excuse to upgrade my aging iPad! It’s a matter of time. That new iPad Air is looking really good. I should maybe stop looking.

      Thanks for reading and sharing.

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      1. Yes, the screenshot on their site is just the “import from photos” feature. I, too, was hoping for more in that area. If you get a good feel for Darkroom, I’d love to hear what you think.

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