Sharing

Eye-Fi Pro X2 now with Direct Mode

Rainy Day Diptic: Shot with LX-5, Direct Transfered to iPhone to process in DipTic and Instagram and share on various social networks.

I've been shooting with an EyeFi ProX2 card the past few weeks in my LX5 and I've been impatiently waiting for the latest revision to the firmware. Why? Because EyeFi added a direct mode feature that lets you connect your camera to a SmartPhone (iPhone/android), iPad or PC without needing to be connected to a WiFi network. This means you can be shooting "on location" and you can port those files from your regular camera (that accepts SD) direct to your portable devices.

I've loved sharing photos via Instagram on twitter and facebook. My biggest problem is that I have an iPhone 3G and the camera lacks a LOT of feature that I rely on, like aperture or shutter control, flash, off-camera hot-shoe, better resolution and focus (the list goes on).  Now I'm able to use my LX-5 and process with my iPhone and share with my social network anywhere, anytime. It's pretty cool.

My initial feelings with the EyeFi card was mixed. I have a buggy WiFi connection at home. I'm not sure if it's interference from neighbors or my router or the radio towers on the hill I live on, but I frequently get dropped connections with all my WiFi devices. This instantly lets me be less then impressed with most WiFi tech.

I'm going to chock up a lot of my initial setup hiccups with the EyeFi card to this connection issue I have. I also started out trying to use my EyeFi card with my netbook as an AdHoc network that I could sync try to use ShutterSnitch to suck images from my card to my iPhone using this, but it was a hassle. So I was a little frustrated using an EyeFi card at first. Then again, using it this way isn't exactly standard procedure (although the ProX2 does support AdHoc networking... I found it a hassle and I didn't have the patience to sort it out. Especially since I knew that direct mode was right around the corner and that was REALLY what I wanted to use anyway.)

The EyeFi iOS apps are still currently awaiting approval to be able to use the Direct Mode function, but the app ShutterSnitch is one that currently supports it. I could write an entire review on this app. It looks great on the iPad... iPhone... well, not so much. But I blame that on the size of the interface and I'm assuming it was developed as an iPad app primarily. But it does do the job.

I have selective transfer mode turned on for my EyeFi card so when I want to send a photo to my iPhone, I "protect" the phone I want transferred and this activates the WiFi on the card (battery savings? I don't know...) then select that network on the iPhone and boot up ShutterSnitch and it goes and grabs the files and brings them in. Currently, it's grabbing RAW and JPEG because I'm shooting RAW+JPEG, but I'm trying to resolve that issue. I have the ShutterSnitch settings to "accept JPEGS only" but I'm guessing that the selective transfer is forcing both file types. I just delete the RAW file when it gets to my phone.

Two other key issues that I have. As I said, I have an iPhone 3G running iOS 4 so it's a little sluggish to begin with. And all my apps, crash with a 9mp JPEG photo. So, I had switched my camera to shooting in 4:3 ratio at 2mp files (I believe this is only the JPEG, but need to confirm that. I believe that the RAW is RAW.) I have also found a setting for ShutterSnitch that saves a "small" version of the photo in your photo ablumn when I export it from ShutterSnitch to be able to use it in another iPhone Photo App. I plan to do more testing with these features to see how small a file it is and what's the best option for using more of the more robust features of ShutterSnitch aside from just using it for Direct Mode Transfer

FTC Disclosure: EyeFi card provided as a demo unit. There we no terms to using this demo, only to use it and share my experiences with it. ShutterSnitch and other iPhone apps mentioned in this blog post were personally purchased from the iPhone store and were not provided.

Jump Starting The Creative Idea - Finding your photo passion

If you've ever hit a creative slump, writers block or just not inspired by recent work... it happens... this podcast episode is a must listen to.

Hearing words like these really get me missing our podcast that is currently on hiatus. The gems still found in the LightSource podcast was amazing and chatting with all these wonderful guests for an hour or so was something I'll always remember. I still get emails with people begging and asking for more episodes and while it isn't on the current list of "to dos", I wouldn't say there will never be another episode! It was a lot of fun.

I've been focusing more firing up my passion for my own work though. Digging through my mountain of iStockphoto.com uploads and getting more of my past work seen and sold so I can move on to creating new work. It's exciting. Bring on spring and the outdoor shooting season!

 Excitement

 

Find out more about the inspirational LensWork Podcasts available at
http://www.lenswork.com/lensworkpodcast1-1.htm

iStock minilypse - Deep Creek Lakealypse Behind The Scenes

In May I had joined a dozen fellow istockers for a minilypse (a 3 day event organized by a site member that organized shoots, locations and models. Lots of fun.) I shot some behind the scenes video of the action while I was there. Enjoy seeing what goes on behind the scenes on an istock weekend shoot.

 

Lakealypse Part II - State Park Location

[videos shot on Flip Ultra HD. Self portrait (reportage) video shot using an Xshot camera extender]

[photojojo] - Tag-Team Photography

I love a good mash-up.
Ok, I cheated by mashing up two of my own photos, but you get the idea.

 

 

Well, photojojo did a riff on the collaboration idea in their recent newsletter. It's not quite as extreme as these examples, but it's something that is well within the grasp of the "everyday/weekend or even advanced amateur photographer". No photoshop wizardry required for this one.

Check out this neat little idea and go take pictures and create something cool.
(Bill, wanna try? Might even be interesting to try this concept from the same shoot or even a photowalk.)

Best Camera – According to Chase Jarvis

Chase Jarvis has long preached that the best camera is the one you have with you. It’s hard to argue that point. It is really hard to take a photograph without a camera. Chase has been advocating the iphone camera for sharing and exploring images around you. It’s actually not a bad little system. I take SOME pics with my iphone here and there, but I certainly forget about using it as a serious artistic tool and it ends up being a "snapshot tool".

motoed iPhone Gallery - see entire gallery

Joe Edelman even mentioned on a recent LightSource Podcast over at StudioLighting.net that he even uses his iphone photos for backgrounds in high-res compositions. I find that amazing and I’m curious to see one of these style images full size (sounds like a weekend test project to me.)

If you haven’t heard from one of the million sources already publishing it, Chase released a new iphone app today that coincides with the announcement of a new photo community, bestcamera.com and an iphone photo book, The Best Camera Is The One That's With You: iPhone Photography by Chase Jarvis (Voices That Matter)

One of the big things about the best camera iphone app that interest me is the single button upload to a bunch of sites (does it use flickr too? If not, why not? I hope it’s not because flickr could be viewed as a competitor for bestcamera.com!)