The Chromebook as a photographers tool

by Ryan Mahle December. 29, 2016 185 views

A few months ago I planned a trip to an Airshow in Georgia (along with stops in Dayton Ohio's USAF museum, and the Corvette museum in Bowling Green) and I decided that it would be a bad idea to take my rather expensive work laptop with me (as my gear would spend most of the time in the car)  so I needed a solution to back up my photos (as I knew there would be a lot of them... I tend to burst like crazy at airshows) 

Enter the Chromebook: My Acer CB3-131 Chromebook - shiny and new

So I looked around at solutions, and came across the chromebook. It was cheaper then anything out there and I figured at the very least it would be a cheap backup tool if nothing else. But I've found it to be a fantastic lightweight laptop for travelling. I can do email, social media (I'm writing this blog on it), and even basic photo editing. 

Plain white was boring.. so I decked mine out.

The editor I use on my Chromebook is the Polarr editor, which is fantastic. I've even payed the 19.99 for the Pro version and now run it on my Mac and iOS devices as well. It's very intuitive, and easy to use. While I still primarily rely on Lightroom and Photoshop, Polarr is another great tool in the toolbox. 

Overall, it may not be the perfect tool for every situation or user, but the Chromebook works well for what I need, and I'm excited to see that Android Apps will soon be available for ChromeOS. I think this will only make the platform more useful, and open more possibilities.

As always, Thanks for reading, and please feel free to shoot any questions you have this way.

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Ben Mckechnie 2 years, 10 months ago

Interesting! I'd never have known you could edit photos on
a Chromebook without seeing this post. I recently had to
purchase a new work laptop for photo editing and writing.
I went for the latest Asus Zenbook. It's a beautiful thing!

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