Help with sharing photo files between Windows PC and iPad Pro 11 inch

My son, an avid amateur photographer, takes photos on a DSLR and processes them on a Windows PC using Lightroom CC. He needs to send these on a regular basis to his daughter (my granddaughter) who uses an iPad Pro 11" to create content for Instagram and Youtube.

Can anyone recommend a good workflow to share image files and occasional video files between the PC and the iPad Pro?

They currently use Dropbox to transfer the photo files, but this is a bit slow considering the upload/download bottleneck.

I plan to purchase a portable SSD (Samsung T5) for my granddaughter to use with her iPad Pro. She needs more storage for her growing collection of video files, processed with Luma Fusion. Could the proposed portable SSD be used to share batches of photo and video files between the Windows PC and the iPad Pro? I don’t know if the iPad Pro could read the same disk format as that used by the Windows PC. The Samsung T5 SSD would use a USB-C connection; I’m not sure if the Windows PC has a USB-C port

Would a NAS device be worthwhile? How would the iPad Pro access files on a NAS? My son has an Airport Extreme (the latest wifi-AC version) - would it work to connect a portable HDD to the Airport Extreme to function as a low-budget NAS? The Airport Extreme is set up in bridge mode, functioning as a WAP, not as a router.

Any other ideas?

If you create a shared folder on your PC you can transfer files directly using the Files app on your iPad.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4092694/windows-10-file-sharing-over-a-network

But I prefer to use FileBrowser for Business most of the time.

As far as your SSD, a disk formatted with exFAT can be read by Macs and PCs. I do not own an iPad Pro but I have read that it is supported. You would need to confirm this for yourself.

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iPad can read exFAT external storage drives or cards.

Lightroom/Adobe CC has some free cloud storage included with most plans. Depending upon what you are using, you could do some transfers using Adobe CC cloud but bandwidth, capacity, and speed wouldn’t make it ideal for everything.

If you have a subscription to Lightroom CC, then you could load it on both the PC and the iPad and just let everything sync across to both systems. Depending upon file sizes, would take some time but close to automatic/simplest solution for a workflow that just works.

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@WayneG - Thank you.

If I understand your suggestion correctly, sharing files/folders in a Windows PC essentially makes the PC a server for other devices on the LAN. Is this correct?

And then the iPad Pro can access the files/folders on the PC using the standard Files app or the FileBrowswer for Business app - is this correct?

This appears to be straightforward and limited only by the local network bandwidth. I’ll forward this to my son and granddaughter to try right away.

Thanks again.

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@SpivR - thank you.

Yes, I think there is a subscription to Lightroom/Adobe CC. We will try this also.

Correct. This is how I move movies & music to/from my Plex server.

A little sidetrack, but have you tried FileExplorer on iPad? FileBrowser’s sticking pint for me is that you keep needing to go into FileBrowser to connect to the server when trying to browse from Files. FileExplorer handles that in the background for you.

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If your granddaughter uses Adobe’s suite their cloud solution might be the easiest way, and she will find the media already in the right environment; I remember that the upload / download process was quite efficient when I used it.

The problem with CC: I can’t share selectively (with authentication) to another user. Would also be a great feature for professional workflows.

Look interesting, thanks