Solving The Problems Of Editing Photos On The Road – Part II

Chromebook with a USB 3 hub and 1 Terabyte Seagate SSD connected.

The Chromebook has been received and configured.

I’ve connected it to all of my external hard drives and SSD’s, and they all work just fine. I tried connecting my Nikon D810 directly to the Chromebook USB port and it didn’t work. Maybe there is a driver or other Chrome app that will fix that issue, but it’s not really a big deal. I’ll play with it more later to see if I can use the camera and Chromebook in a tethered connection.

I did connect a USB hub and attached a memory card reader to the Chromebook. I was able to copy the image files from the camera’s memory card to the external drives. Not the fastest thing in the world, but it works. I downloaded about 250 D810 photos in raw format, which took about 10 minutes. I can back up photographs to an external hard drive/SSD. That was the main and most important part of the setup.

On the software side of things, I have both Adobe Lightroom (mobile) and Adobe Photoshop Express loaded on the Chromebook.

I did a test-drive on photo editing with both LR and Photoshop, and I think I prefer editing on Photoshop Express more than Lightroom. But, I can work with either program to do quick and easy photo edits while on the road.

I may play with some additional photo editing apps down the road, but for now I have to say this is a successful endeavor.

All in all, I feel pretty good now that I don’t have to disconnect my laptop from my docking setup in the office when I want to travel. The Chromebook is light, works well enough that I can work on photos, check my mail, edit my websites and backup my image files while traveling.