As @electrophoto said, if you use the SD card adapter and go through the Lightning port, the only way goes through the Photos/Camera Roll app. This is a limitation that Apple has introduced. I hosted an event for my local meeting where I photographed objects in glassware under the lighting of the studio. I attached myself to my iPad Pro with Case Air and used the HDMI dongle to view the results with a projector. After that, I used photos to select/deselect my guardians and then edit them with Affinity. In particular, I did some exposure merges (HDR light?) with several stacked images. Easy-peasy and I were able to do this over a beer at the local waterhole while people watched and asked questions to produce great composite images, including perfectly sewn panoramas. Use HDR Merge with Tone Mapping for stunning results and even stack images with different focal lengths to create detailed macro photographs. There are already many simple photo editing apps out there, and finally we have a RAW developer and photo editor for iOS. I still do a large part of my RAW processing workflow on a desktop, but it`s incredibly convenient to be able to do virtually any heavy editing when I`m ultra-light on the go.
I reviewed the system requirements on the Aff.site, but I couldn`t find any Let me avoid a common topic of conversation at first: Yes, devices like Microsoft Surface give you a mobile tablet experience running desktop apps, including Serifs Affinity Photo for Windows. It works for some people and not for others, for a variety of reasons. Some readers commented in our Review of Affinity Photo for Mac that the performance of the Windows version lags behind on some systems. Do you know how you sometimes need to isolate a texture from a raster photo (Photoshop), then turn it into a vector (Illustrator), then paint a raster texture (Photoshop), then add other vector elements (Illustrator) and create a repetition? Anyone else? Well, if this sounds familiar to you, then Affinity will make your life a lot easier. The program has two “personas”, a pixel persona and a raster persona. All you do to switch to the other persona is click on an icon at the top and go to bam – all your grid tools will be displayed. I use this aspect of the process every day and I can`t imagine how I went from one program to another to do all these processes! Despite the limitations, I applaud Affinity for creating a real image editor for a tablet, especially for the price. Makes an iPad a true field alternative for a wider range of serious photographers.
I`m not sure what that means some tools aren`t destructive and others aren`t. How does it work, you edit until the moment “damn I used the destructive brush”? The freedom of destruction is a property of an application: in opening or in LR one can always go back. Your original is safe. If there is even one destructive step, then the whole chain is like this. However, the review suggests that affinity is generally not destructive. As a long-time opening user, I don`t think there is such a thing. Just one more question: On my current iPad, I have yes, it`s much better than Photoshop iPad, there are a lot more features and for the most part, it`s much more stable, less crashes and more reliable, but there are two things that really mess up this app. The first thing is that if you try to share a photo in Lightroom when exporting with the share button after a while, it will be completely out and constantly cause the program to crash and crash. The second thing is to get rid of the grid wizard or set a button to disable it because they have been several times when it accidentally combines my folder or a group into a brand new layer. Or completely change my layer to a random pixel later. This can be very destructive while working.
Apart from that, I am very happy with this app, I like all the features, especially the frequency separation, gestures for Apple Pencil, mixer brush, high-pass filter and dodge and engraving. Affinity Photo is a professional photo editing app for Mac and iPad. I bought exactly an iPad Pro 10.5 because of this type of software (I`m tired of the PC world and I wanted a very powerful and mobile solution). RNI movies is also preparing something for the iPad, so I`ll be very happy with my iPad (I use PS Express to lighten shadows because it`s better here than affinity, but that`s it. All the other things are a bit shitty with the power for iPad…). Powerful, high-quality editing capabilities on a mobile operating system are a welcome big step forward. But without the ability to automate your editing procedures or run them in batches, this is a step that gets stuck in the slow track of one photo at a time. Foam-rinse-repeat with complex multilayer machining ages quickly. However, this support was limited to recognizing them only as photos (by storing them in the Photos app and offering them to the apps that access your photos). The built-in jpeg was used for the image to avoid processing raw data. It was always useful for quick sharing on social media, but if you wanted to process the raw material, you needed a third-party raw material processing app. Most of these applications were based on dcRAW decoding.
** Affinity Photo supports iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, 3 and 4, iPad Mini 5 and iPad (Early 2017). Please note that older iPads are not supported. iPad App of the Year** Affinity Photo for iPad is a true professional desktop quality photo editing app.