March 29th, 2012
I’ve been working on a PAP page today that will list resources for doing Pole Aerial Photography. While I was researching systems for viewing the images you are shooting when your camera is up on a pole, I was thinking about how messy the problem is in that there isn’t one common solution that works for all small cameras that you are likely to put up on a pole. Then it dawned on me that there is a single system that will pretty much works for any camera that uses a SD memory card.
The solution is the Eye-Fi Pro Wi-Fi SD card and the iPad ShutterSnitch application. In the video Terry talks about a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot because. The video on the right shows you how the whole thing works. In the video Terry talks about needing a mobile hotspot which you no longer need because the Ey-Fi has a direct mode that talks directly to the receiving App. This direct mode was added after the Ey-Fi card came out. I’ve heard many photographers talk about how they already use this technique to let their clients view images as they are taken. So I’m thinking many photographers are likely to already have many of these components or be thinking about getting them.
Here’s what you need:
- iPad/iPhone or Android device.
- ShutterSnitch iPhone and iPad App ($15.99) or use the free Eye-Fi App available for iPhone/iPad/Android.
- Eye-Fi Wi-Fi SD card.
- The camera you use must use a SD memory card. I’ve worked hard to find a way to do this with my 5DMKII and have struck out completely with SD to CF adapters! Eye-Fi doesn’t work with CF cards! But it works great with my little Canon G9 that I use for PAP.
The beauty of this approach is that every time you trigger your PAP camera the image will show up in the ShutterSnitch App in about 10 to 15 seconds. Faster for small files longer for RAW files. And this is all gear you can use in other ways. That is, there are plenty of reasons to have a mobile hotspot and seeing your shots on a iPad could be very useful in other situations than just shooting PAP. Many photographers do this just to have a quick high-res view of their images as they shoot them. Also, most cameras you are going to use for PAP will use a SD memory card so all this will work fine.
It’s too bad there isn’t such a general solution for electronic shutter releases. Mechanical shutter actuation is the only general solution I’ve found so far.