Photo Blogging with VSCO and Hudl

A while ago I had mused about how I wished that it was possible to edit all my pictures using the tactile format afforded by the VSCO app on mobile. My pal Lee beat me to the punch and set up a tablet where he now processes pretty much all of his work… And it looks great.

We are heading off on honeymoon in a couple of months, and I will be taking a like of photos. We’ll be on the move a lot though, and I really don’t want to have to drag about a laptop to edit and post everything. I took the plunge and got a Hudl tablet, and decided to give the process a test run from start to finish: transferring the photos from my Leica, editing them in VSCO, then posting a blog with the WordPress app.

At first I was a bit unsure. The process of getting images onto the tablet is a bit finicky, and I’m still not sure whether to transfer them via cable, or give in and start shooting on microSD all the time instead (which plugs directly into the Hudl). Once on, things were much smoother. Editing in VSCO is such a pleasure, and I even sprung for the extra filter packs that you need to pay for. Workflow is now something like: shoot, transfer, process, export, upload to Dropbox, post to blog/etc. The Dropbox pro account comes in handy here… letting me organise them properly on my laptop later.

Pitfalls? At the moment the colour reproduction is pretty different on the Hudl to the Macbook’s Retina screen, and I’m not entirely sure whether I should be keeping my full size JPEGs for posterity or not… But in general, for general photo processing – especially on the go, this could be a winner.

Photos taken from a day with friends at Brewdog. All shot on the Leica M Type 240, with Canon 50mm f0.95 lens.

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