Non-PhotoStream workflow for iPhone and Lightroom
UPDATE: The Dropbox app itself now supports automatic image uploads. Works perfectly for me.
I gave Aperture a shot. I really did. But, for me, it didn't work as well as Lightroom. So I'm back on Lightroom. The only thing I miss is PhotoStream. It was cool to have all my iPhone photos in Aperture without having to plug the phone in.
I just ran across the iOS app CameraSync. With that, Dropbox, and Lightroom's Auto Import functionality, I don't miss PhotoStream anymore. In fact, this workaround adds more functionality, (it works with videos, too.)
- If you don't already have a Dropbox account, get one
- Create a folder in your Dropbox directory that will store your iPhone photos
- Open Lightroom and go to File>Auto Import>Auto Import Settings
- Point it to the Dropbox folder you just created (this folder has to be empty for initial Auto Import setup)
- Choose where the imported photos will be stored (I like to use the default--I can always move them later.)
- Be sure "Enable Auto Import" is checked
- Download CameraSync
- Open CameraSync, select Dropbox, login, and select the folder you created in step 2
- Choose whether to upload new photos or existing and let it do its thing
- Snap a few new photos
- Go back to Lightroom. You should see it importing photos shortly after you snap them on the iPhone
- Fiddle with the CameraSync settings to your liking