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Using ipad to transmit today
Shelley Cryan, Photographer
New England | CT | USA | Posted: 8:37 AM on 11.21.10
->> I'm planning on using my ipad to edit, caption, and transmit from the sidewalk today -- anyone who wants to see if it works can check my client's website: www.stamfordadvocate.com. I'm a longtime freelancer for this Connecticut newspaper as well as other clients.

The newspaper wanted to post images as quickly as possible of a big parade in town. I figured the ipad would be the quickest, since it'll be way too crowded to lug around and open up a laptop.

My biggest concern is that more than 100,000 spectators are expected, so the airwaves could be clogged. We'll see.

I detailed my basic setup in a pair of blog posts from a while ago:

http://www.ipadapalooza.com/?p=45
and
http://www.ipadapalooza.com/?p=46

The parade starts at noon EST. Check the newspaper's site about a half hour or so after that to see how it works. By giving you the heads up here, it could be a very public egg-on-my-face, but I'll definitely learn something regardless. Early testing has worked perfectly.

www.shelleycryan.com
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Colin Heyburn, Photographer
ARMAGH | NI | United Kingdom | Posted: 3:19 PM on 11.21.10
->> How did you get on?
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Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Plainfield | IL | USA | Posted: 3:26 PM on 11.21.10
->> I went to the link provided, and only see images from Kathleen O'Rourke...does this mean it didn't go well, Shelley?
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Shelley Cryan, Photographer
New England | CT | USA | Posted: 5:05 PM on 11.21.10
->> I ended up transmitting a few pix of the early parade setup with my ipad while standing on the sidewalk. Thought that was great.

But once the parade started, I soon realized it was rather cumbersome to take pictures and transmit. The system is good, just too much for one person to do -- while taking pictures -- when the event is a short one. I bailed with the transmitting so I could concentrate on shooting. Parade gallery will go up later once the office goes through the pix; I ended up transmitting the usual way -- via laptop and wifi.

Will have to think about how to best use this technology. Would work better for an event where there's some downtime, I can see now. Maybe like a sport with timeouts, or a show with an intermission or something like that. But I'm glad I gave it a shot today. Good learning experience.
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Sherrlyn Borkgren, Photographer
Eugene | OR | USA | Posted: 12:04 AM on 11.22.10
->> Hey well at the least you gave it a shot. I don't think you can do any editing on i pad so that might be rather inconvenient.
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Brad Barr, Photographer
Port St. Lucie | FL | USA | Posted: 10:34 PM on 11.23.10
->> shooting and transmitting are certainly not things you can really do at the same time. Although it is possible to do with an ipad....its not yet a good tool for doing so. 3-4 iterations down the road, probably it will become more useful...ie editing, culling, captioning....and most importantly..ingesting quickly. Wont be too long :-) till the capabilites are up to the task.

That said, it'll still be best done by another person so you can keep shooting.
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Chris Hunt, Photographer
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 12:31 PM on 11.24.10
->> I've used the laptop + iPad (and iPhone) a little different in the past that has worked amazingly well for transmission. It's great for those high school fields without wifi or a close library/coffee shop.

First, prep your images as you normally would using your laptop. When the final jpgs are all ready to be transmitted, create an adhoc wifi network on your laptop. With a Mac, this can be done by going by clicking the wifi icon in the menu bar, then selecting 'Create Network'.

Next, grab your iPhone or iPad and connect to the wireless network you just created on your laptop.

Now, open the app 'FTPOnTheGo' on your iPhone. Click 'Settings', then 'Enable FTP Server'. Your iPhone is now running it's own FTP server and you can connect to it from your laptop. Connect using your favorite ftp client and send the images over to the iPhone. This usually takes less than a minute.

Next, click 'FTP' on the iPhone, enter the FTP credentials for your newspaper, wire service, ...etc and connect. You can now transmit your photos from the iPhone to your remote FTP server via 3G.

This all sounds very complicated and painful, but it's not. I tried to be very detailed. After getting the photos selected and captioned, the whole transmit process for 5 photos usually takes much less than 10 minutes, depending on your cellular connection. You could, of course, use a MiFi or Sprint Overdrive or some other 3G/4G box, but since most of us have a smart phone and are already paying for data plans, it's easier just to use what we have.
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Peter Madia, Photographer, Assistant
Pittsburgh | PA | USA | Posted: 12:56 PM on 11.24.10
->> Chris,

Do you use the regular version of 'FTPOnTheGo' or the Pro version?
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Chris Hunt, Photographer
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 1:47 PM on 11.24.10
->> Peter: I use the Pro version because it installs on both the iPad and iPhone. The non-pro version is iPhone only (although you could run it on the iPad if you really wanted too, but it looks horrible).
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Shelley Cryan, Photographer
New England | CT | USA | Posted: 5:40 PM on 11.24.10
->> Chris,

I've got to try out your suggestion. Thanks for the info!

Shelley
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Kent Nishimura, Student/Intern, Photographer
Honolulu | HI | USA | Posted: 10:08 PM on 11.24.10
->> has anyone used the ShutterSnitch app and eye-fi cards together?
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Chris Hunt, Photographer
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 2:56 PM on 11.27.10
->> Kent: I've used ShutterSnitch and the older eye-fi pro cards together. I've used it a few times in studio with high school seniors. I give the mom an iPad and she sees the photos appear on the screen realtime while we shoot. It works really well and makes you seem like a magician.

I've only tried the combo with 1D bodies. I write small jpgs to the eye-fi SD and raws to the CF. The small jpgs transfer really fast, maybe 2-3 seconds before they appear on the iPad. I just toss those images out after the shoot and use the raws on the CF for editing.

You need a wifi network, so you can't shoot directly into the iPad without a laptop or hotspot sitting somewhere.
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Jimmy Jeong, Photographer
Edmonton | Alberta | Canada | Posted: 4:45 PM on 11.27.10
->> Hi Kent, I've used both and they work great. Only problem is that the eye-fi cards are only SD compatible. You can use an adapter but only for certain cameras that have the bigger compact flash slots. The other problem is that app makes the image slightly soft. I went into it a bit on my blog (http://bit.ly/eJimJr) if you want to check it out.
cheers
jj
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Jimmy Jeong, Photographer
Edmonton | Alberta | Canada | Posted: 4:50 PM on 11.27.10
->> BTW, you don't need a wifi network. You can easily set up an ad hoc network.
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Chris Hunt, Photographer
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 10:38 PM on 11.27.10
->> Jimmy: Not to nitpick, but a wifi network is required. Creating an ad-hoc network is just one way to create a wifi network.
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Jeff Hinds, Photographer
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 2:48 AM on 11.28.10
->> Wow, too cool guys! I was just thinking about this: a way to transfer low res images taken at events and email direct to the clients email address.

If I read this correctly I can capture on an eye-fi card, transfer via the apple express (with portable power since it needs a wall outlet?) to an iTouch, and email via a wifi network that way? Am I correct in that theory?

jh
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Svein Ove Ekornesvaag, Photographer
Aalesund | Møre og Romsdal | Norway | Posted: 7:10 AM on 11.28.10
->> I transfer high res through my cellphone with 3G when ultra short deadlines, works great.
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Jack Kurtz, Photographer
Phoenix | AZ | United States | Posted: 11:29 AM on 11.28.10
->> I use my iPhone 4 to transmit on a semi-routine basis. I did a blog entry about it on my web site in October (http://web.mac.com/kurtzjack/jacks_joint/Geek_Speak/Entries/2010/10/1_Let’s_Get_Small.html) . I recently switched from a G11 to a Panasonic GF1 (much better image quality) but otherwise it's the same workflow. I used it a lot on election nite for photos of the candidate I was covering losing and on Black Friday. It's not perfect, but it works really well when there isn't time or it's not practical to set up the laptop.

jack
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Michael Maano, Photographer
Jacksonville | FL | USA | Posted: 5:58 PM on 12.01.10
->> Have any of you had any problems importing photos into the iPad since the last update? I can't import photos now and it's really irritating!
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N. Scott Trimble, Photographer
Lake Oswego | OR | USA | Posted: 3:39 PM on 12.11.10
->> wow Jack, you finally listened to me??? ; )
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Jeffrey Nycz, Photographer
Warsaw | IN | USA | Posted: 9:44 AM on 01.02.11
->> Did a jailbreak on my iPad allowing wireless transmission without a router or WiFi using the Eye-Fi Pro X2 card.
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