Before you begin we strongly recommend that you read the previous article in the series Introduction to Wireless Workflow with Micro 4/3 Cameras.
Now that we have a pretty good idea of the strengths and weaknesses of a traditional workflow using Micro 4/3rds cameras its time to cut the cord and dig into the tech.
To continue you’re going to need to the following:
- An Eye-Fi capable camera
- Eye-Fi card
- A computer connected to the web for setup
- iOS or Android device
Although we will be focusing more on iOS we will touch on Android a bit. If you are a wireless shooter using Android we would love your help. Let us know your experience using Eye-Fi with Android in the comments.
If you are just starting out I recommend the following:
WiFi Network and computer
Eye-Fi currently offers three cards for sale. Lets examine the different Eye-Fi cards
|Features||Pro X2||Mobile X2||Connect X2|
|Card Reader Included||✓||✓||✓|
|Wireless Raw Upload||✓||X||X|
|Wireless Video Upload||✓||✓||✓|
|WiFi Based Geotagging||✓||X||X|
Cutting The Cord
Now that you chose the Eye-Fi card that works best for you we need to set it up. Eye-Fi has detailed instructions on how to do it on their website but what I did was call them up. Their customer service has always been top notch. What works for me and what I recommend is that you keep the Eye-Fi manual with you in your camera bag. I also wrote the customer service phone number on the manual.
Olympus Micro 4/3 Camera Setup
Before you dive into setting up your Eye-Fi card and mobile device for direct mode you need to enable the Eye-Fi option of your Olympus camera. By default this option is turned off.
You need to do a bit of digging in the menu of your camera to find the option but I suggest you follow these instructions provided by Eye-Fi.
Eye-Fi Center and iOS Setup
Setting up the Eye-Fi card can be a bit tricky so follow the directions carefully. You need to install the Eye-Fi Center software which will help configure your Eye-Fi card. Once you configure your Eye-Fi card you don’t have to use the Eye-Fi Center software again unless you want to take advantage of the features offered by Eye-Fi.
I suggest you install the Eye-Fi Center software, configure your Eye-Fi card for direct mode, install the Eye-Fi iOS or Android app and begin shooting.
Eye-Fi has already documented in detail how to download and install the Eye-Fi Center software and setup the Eye-Fi card. Below are links to the pages needed to move forward.
- Download and install Eye-Fi Center
- Set up Eye-Fi Card for iOS (same for Android)
- Set up Direct Mode to your iOS device or Android
Take your time following the directions above. Once your Eye-Fi and mobile device are set up for direct mode getting the photos on your mobile device is easy.
For general support and to dig in deeper visit – http://support.eye.fi/
Spend the time required to get this setup right because next week we are digging in to workflow.
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Gear and Setup
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