How do I delete photographs from an iPad?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Eric Stevens, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    aren't you going to want to copy the photos to your computer?

    after you copy the photos and with the ipad still connected, select all
    and delete. in fact, some software can be configured to delete the
    photos automatically when you copy photos, so there's nothing
    additional to do.
    Guest, Oct 30, 2012
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  2. Eric Stevens

    Savageduck Guest

    What is crazy is taking a hundred photos a day with an iPad or iPhone.
    For that I use my D300S and/or G11.
    I transfer D300S and G11 shots back to the iPad to place in albums for
    side shows and other sharing. My primary backup storage is my 500GB
    Colorspace UDMA not my 64GB iPad or 32GB iPhone.
    I remove images from the iPad as needed, I concede that a delete all
    option would be useful.
    Savageduck, Oct 30, 2012
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  3. Eric Stevens

    Savageduck Guest

    What I meant to say was my primary back up storage when on the road is
    my 500GB UDMA (which I upgraded myself from 250GB to 500GB for $89).
    < >
    Savageduck, Oct 30, 2012
  4. Eric Stevens

    David Taylor Guest

    It's not complex, it's just a pain to have to tap 1000 photos
    individually when using an iPad alone. No computer....
    David Taylor, Oct 30, 2012
  5. Eric Stevens

    David Taylor Guest

    On 30/10/2012 18:25, nospam wrote:
    Not necessarily, no. I may be using my iPad as an in-the-field backup
    storage device, reading from the camera's SD card.
    I didn't take a second computer with me - hand luggage only, so the iPad
    was /all/ I had. It is functionally lacking you have to admit, when it
    needs a thousand taps to delete a week's photos.
    David Taylor, Oct 30, 2012
  6. Eric Stevens

    David Taylor Guest

    On 30/10/2012 18:35, Savageduck wrote:
    Yes, a delete option would indeed be useful.

    The hundreds of photos are coming from various other cameras, with the
    iPad being used both for backup storage and display. You might also
    load pictures /onto/ the iPad to have albums to show to others.
    David Taylor, Oct 30, 2012
  7. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    delete them when you get home. since they're your backup, why would you
    want to delete them in the field?

    sure it would be nice to have a select all, but it's also a piece of
    cake to delete them from a computer. in fact, it's even easier to
    delete them on a windows pc than on a mac.
    Guest, Oct 30, 2012
  8. Eric Stevens

    Savageduck Guest

    You do mean a "Delete All" option don't you? ;-)
    That is tough to do if you are filling 16 & 32GB cards to the limited
    space on a 64GB iPad. If your iPad is of lower capacity, even more so.

    My 64GB iPad currently has 25GB taken up with Apps and data related to
    those Apps. That is mainly stuff such as maps and Evernote documents.
    Then I have 3GB of audio files & 4.7GB of video files, and 0.10GB of
    PDF manuals and other books, along with 2.8GB of "Other" for a total of
    35.6GB. Since the 64GB iPad has a total available space of 58GB after
    basic format and iOS is accounted for leaving me with 22.4GB for image
    files, and as I said I am shooting RAW onto 16 & 32GB CF cards, that
    makes the iPad a not particularly roomy in the field backup.
    As I said my primary, "on the road" backup storage is a Colorspace
    UDMA. That becomes part of my triple redundant travel backup protocol;
    CF card--> UDMA-->Laptop--> outboard FW OWC HD.
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    ....and then I also use a 1TB PogoPlug device and DropBox for cloud
    storage. I don't use iCloud.
    ....and that is exactly what I do. I use the Photo Transfer App to move
    processed and resized images wirelessly to iPad albums to use as a
    < >
    Savageduck, Oct 30, 2012
  9. Eric Stevens

    David Taylor Guest

    On 30/10/2012 20:08, nospam wrote:
    There may be all sorts of reasons to want to delete them in the field.
    The iPad should be capable of that without making the user jump through
    the hoop of touching each and every photo.
    It's still more complicated than it need be even when you have a
    computer. Having folder names in hexadecimal is not friendly!

    The fact of the matter is that the iPad lacks a function which many
    people would expect it to have, and saying that someone doesn't need
    that function or that they could do it if they have a computer is just
    making excuses for this omission.
    David Taylor, Oct 30, 2012
  10. Eric Stevens

    Savageduck Guest

    BTW: I currently have 460 processed and resized image files in 24
    albums, taking up 0.2GB of space, plenty good for my portfolio purpose,
    and easily controllable. Not particularly great as a primary in field
    backup where 2 x 16GB cards would stress the iPad to its limit.

    Among those albums and images in both my iPhone & iPad, I keep a backup
    of my travel documents in an album; passport, drivers license, medical
    insurance card, auto insurance & Law Enforcement ID.
    Savageduck, Oct 30, 2012
  11. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    copy the lot and sort it out in lightroom.

    the names of the photos or the folders are irrelevant. what matters is
    the tags within the photos, namely the exif data.
    i said it would be nice to have a select all, but the lack of it is not
    as big of a deal as it's made out to be.

    if you are going to be saving photos in the field, get a device
    designed for that purpose. the ipad isn't that device.
    Guest, Oct 30, 2012
  12. Eric Stevens

    tony cooper Guest

    That must be part of the Applefanatics credo: If you can't do it on
    an Apple product, it's no big deal regardless of what the user thinks.
    Part II of the Applefanatics credo: Apple products do everything you
    want them to do except what you need to buy something else to do.
    tony cooper, Oct 30, 2012
  13. Eric Stevens

    Savageduck Guest

    Damn! you have to stop getting me to agree with you. ;-)
    The iPad makes a terrible in the field backup device. You would be
    better off using an iPhone as a WiFi hotspot and transferring files to
    one of the cloud services such as DB or PogoPlug.

    For in the field backup you cannot do much better than a Colorspace
    UDMA. It handles CF, SDHC, MS etc. It does full and incremental backups
    from the cards and connects to laptop/desktop via USB.
    < >
    Savageduck, Oct 30, 2012
  14. Eric Stevens

    Savageduck Guest

    It is always a case of the right tool fro the right job, and the iPad
    or iPhone is not a particularly good choice for an "in the field"
    backup device. Both will serve in a pinch, but there are better ways to
    As good as both devices are it is tough to make them serve as a total
    solution for all things. The iPad, as much as some would want it to be,
    is not a true laptop replacement.

    Now if you want to continue with your ongoing battle with nospam, carry on.
    Savageduck, Oct 30, 2012
  15. Eric Stevens

    tony cooper Guest

    Why wouldn't it be a good viewing device that also is used as a second
    source of the files in case the SD card is lost?

    If the person takes 1,000 travel photos in a week, chances are very
    good that he is going to view them and delete 900 and some of them.
    It would make sense to view them on an iPad with the larger screen
    rather than in-camera. It would not be used solely as back-up.

    The features of an iPad-type device, regardless of brand, include that
    images can be viewed better than they can in-camera, the device can be
    passed around to the rest of the group and viewed, and it's smaller
    and easier to pack around than a laptop.

    The missing feature of convenient deletion of a large number of files
    makes it less useful for those who want to sort through and delete the
    non-keepers while still on the trip. Still useful, but not as useful
    as it could be.
    tony cooper, Oct 30, 2012
  16. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    because the maximum size of the ipad is 64 gig. once you subtract the
    space for apps, music, videos and whatever else you might have on it,
    there isn't much left for photos. it's the wrong product for the job.

    a portable storage device can have a terabyte drive, and it fits in a
    pants pocket too.
    Guest, Oct 30, 2012
  17. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    never said that.
    part of the apple-haters playbook is to focus on one particular thing
    that doesn't work the way they might want it to work and bash away,
    even though they don't own the product and have no intention of ever
    owning it and ignoring that it's no different than other similar
    products. in other words, it doesn't affect them at *all*.

    no product is suitable for all situations. for portable storage, the
    ipad is very limited. its capacity is not much bigger than a typical
    memory card, making it a very poor choice for storage. it's not what it
    was designed to do. but of course, an apple hater ignores that and will
    insist the ipad has to do absolutely everything perfectly, and when it
    doesn't, it's bad, ignoring that the very same issues affect other
    similar devices.

    meanwhile, deleting all on an ipad is very easy to do for those without
    an axe to grind and needs nothing more than a usb cable.

    here are what android users are saying about 'select all' for other
    android devices. it looks like you have to tap the photos one by one.
    chapter two of the playbook explains that it's perfectly ok when
    someone other than apple does the same thing.

    I'm at a complete loss on how to select multiple photos to delete.
    Any insights would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    Go to Gallery--->All photos (or particular folder)--->Delete--->then
    check off the photos you want to Delete--->then hit the Delete (#) at
    the bottom. That should do it...

    I know how to delete individuals photos from the S-3, one at a time.
    But is there a way to select multiple photos and delete them all at

    Press and hold on one picture until it is highlighted. Then begin to
    tap each additional picture icon you wish to highlight. The highlight
    should stick to each icon and finally, when done selecting them,
    press the trash icon on the upper right.
    Guest, Oct 30, 2012
  18. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    Damn! you have to stop getting me to agree with you. ;-)[/QUOTE]

    no kidding! i have a reputation of being argumentative to live up to!
    that also works, assuming you have connectivity. that doesn't always
    those are nice. i have one from a different company.
    Guest, Oct 30, 2012
  19. Eric Stevens

    Eric Stevens Guest

    On Tue, 30 Oct 2012 02:54:19 -0700, Savageduck

    --- snip ---

    When photographs are imported from a camera to the iPad they go into
    'Last Import'. Before that happens the existing contents of 'Last
    Import' are automatically transferred to 'All Imports'. Nothing now
    seems to happen to 'Camera Roll'.
    It now seems as though that function has been transferred to 'All
    I don't think that the fact you are using a Mac has anything to do
    with it. All this stuff is related only to the internal organisation
    of the iPad.
    The one time I tried to transfer files from a camera into the iPad
    before my wife took it away it worked as you described. The problem
    seems to be associated with the upgrade from iOS 5.1 to iOS 6. The
    strange thing is that she swears that 'Last Import' and 'All Imports'
    appeared several weeks before she was invited to make the upgrade.
    She was traveling with a bunch of women who were learning to use iPads
    etc by the push and poke method, and I suspected that one of them may
    have created 'Last Import' and 'All Imports' but my wife swears that
    this is not the case. Further, iOS 6 seems to know about these two
    folders/albums which it would not do if they were created on the fly
    by the pokings of a muddler. This now appears to be the way the iPad
    Of course I would. One of my original queries was that I was asking
    how to delete large numbers at a key stroke.
    Already got that and it doesn't (never did) help with my questions.
    This is the iPhone guide and is of no help as far as I can see.

    I know if I go to the local Apple store the young geek behind the
    counter will try to find the answer on Google. I can probably do that
    as well as he can, but had hoped that someone here would already know.
    Eric Stevens, Oct 30, 2012
  20. Eric Stevens

    Eric Stevens Guest

    I've just installed that. It seems a great app. I haven't yet found
    whether or not it can delete files it exports from the iPad. If it can
    it's the answer to my problem.
    Eric Stevens, Oct 30, 2012
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