Wireless workflow with Micro 4/3rd Cameras –
The Workflow

wireless workflow poster 3Shooting wirelessly from your camera to your iOS or Android device is no doubt the future of capture. Small Camera Big Picture is pleased to present the first in a multi part series on Wireless Workflow for Micro 4/3rds cameras.

The future starts now.

The Workflow

Now that you got your camera and Eye-Fi card set up its time to shoot. This is the easy and most fun part. Is this workflow…well work? Yes but that will all change in the future as more and more companies develop WiFi ready cameras. Also I found that once you start shooting with a wireless workflow it become easy real fast.

There are two types of workflow we’re going to look at: Enhusiast/Social Media and Professional.

Enthusiasts wanting a fun way to share and network with others only need to learn the Social Media workflow but Pros should learn both.

I shoot wireless both ways for different reasons. When I’m shooting for work I shoot with my OM-D shooting jpeg and raw but sending only the jpegs to the iPad for the client to review.

When I shoot for fun its mostly using my Pen Mini which I’ll shoot jpeg only using either the built in art filters or G’s Original Jpeg Recipe then send them to my iPhone for enhancing then share the image to social media.

It’s really pretty simple but its very important to get into details so you understand why we’re doing this then you can taylor a workflow to fit your particular needs.

Professional

For this workflow you’re going to need to purchase the app Shuttersnitch for iOS. Shuttersnitch is an excellent app to shoot to. First of all it keeps the connection to your camera even if your iOS device is asleep. Secondly you can see tools such as histogram, exposure warnings and even see how your image will looked cropped to a particular aspect ratio.

One of the features I like most is adding a crop mask with the cover layout of the magazine I’m shooting for. This way the art director and I can see how the image will frame as we shoot it.

Here’s what you need

Get ShutterSnitch on the App Store

Visit the ShutterSnitch Forums

Use Snitch Snyc which synchronizes your your Shutter Snitch info such as ratings to the corresponding raw files of your Lightroom library.

Basic Workflow

Camera > Eye-Fi > iPad > Client makes selects > Email selects to client > Sync selects with LR4.

Enthusiast/Social Media

The Enthusiast/Social Media workflow is the fun workflow. This means that eventually pros will shoot like this. I say that with sarcasm because in todays market its the enthusiasts that get all the fun and we pros get all the work. The solutions to make life easier start with the enthusiasts then later the pros, after we overcome our fears.

There’s something simple and pure about shooting jpeg and sharing the photos with your friends. As much as I enjoy shooting for work the photos I love are the ones that Valdese and I have together. You can’t put a price on simple pictures that have a positive effect on your life for years to come.

Here’s what you need

Get the Eye-Fi App for iOS or Android

Get an app such as Snapseed

Basic Workflow

Camera > Eye-Fi > iOS or Android > Enhance with 3rd party app > Share

Thats it! If you did the work in part one and part two you’re probably already shooting wirelessly.

If you have any apps you prefer for enhancing your images on the go let us know in the comments.

Happy shooting.

Read other sections of the Wireless Workflow -

Introduction to wireless workflow

Gear and Setup

Workflow - Professional and Enthusiast/Social Media

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About Giulio Sciorio

Since 2009, Hybrid Photography pioneer Giulio Sciorio has been blending still + motion & sound with his photography. Giulio is a Lumix Luminary, commercial photographer and founder of SmallCameraBigPicture.com - the resource for everything Hybrid. A portfolio of Giulio’s hybrid work can be found at GiulioSciorio.com.

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14 Responses to Wireless workflow with Micro 4/3rd Cameras –
The Workflow

  1. robbie August 31, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    I have generally found the eye-fi connection can be a bit flakey.

    I am a big fan of Photosmith (which has been much improved with a recent update.) This lets you sort (flag, color or rate) your jpegs and tag them. You then sync them with your RAW files in Lightroom via a plugin. This is done over wifi at a rate of perhaps 2 to 4 photos per second.

    • Giulio Sciorio August 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

      I’m there with you about the connection of the Eye-fi card. It is a bit flakey from time to time. When I shoot jobs with it I usually expect to hard reset my camera at least once. I have not however, lost any photos. :-)

  2. Mark S October 15, 2012 at 3:35 am #

    Do you tether the raws straight to the iPad Giulio? Isn’t it slow? I was wondering if there was a way of tethering just the jpg from the OM-D, to the ipad just for checking focus and comp.

    • Giulio Sciorio October 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

      Hi Mark,

      I shoot raw + jpeg sending only jpegs to the ipad or Android device. Wireless transfer of Raw files is both slow and quickly fills up the device its being sent to in addition to being difficult to work with.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      • Mark S October 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

        Thanks Giulio. I did some research and it seems like that Shuttersnap app for iOS allows you to pick Jpgs only – which is great! Is that what you use? I’m gonna go pick up one of these eye-fi x2′s this week. Gonna be awesome for me to chimp my details on the iPad whilst on a shoot. Keep up the great work man, your posts are the only thing that’s keeping me from buying an MK3 right now.

  3. Lee Harris November 20, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    I recently shot a job on jpeg by accident and not at the highest quality ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/leeharrisx/8184882833/ ); I made the mistake of forgetting to reset camera (i never use jpeg except this once for some quickly web pics) Anyway I think I did see a quality issue appear after P.P in Niks software but all in all the results are more than good enough for the print version etc. I am keen to look into tethering options, be it wifI or whatever, and will then no doubt shoot both formats. Any good tips for doing this in Aperture on a laptop?

    • Giulio Sciorio November 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

      I’m made that mistake too. Not the end of the world so don’t beat yourself up over it. The shot looks good, the client was happy so congrats on the shoot!

      I think if you shoot to an iOS device the photos will be backed up to iCloud which Aperture will pull down automatically. Pretty cool!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting.

      • Lee Harris November 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

        sorry i cannot delete this post it was meant for another page!

  4. Edward Bartel December 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    Hey G!

    Have you used the OI.Share app from Olympus? The way I understand it, Oly recommends using the FlashAir card and it integrates with this app nicely. Does it matter which format is used for Wifi with an OM-D?

    I will be buying an OM-D within a week or so and I want to get wet up the wifi connectivity from the start. Your writeup on the EyeFi Pro card looks nice, but I like the idea of being able to use the Art Filters in an Android phone or iPad (whatever I have at hand when shooting) and sharing with friends/family via Social Networks. The OI.Share app seems to give me this functionality. Is the Eye-Fi card interoperable with any app or just their own?

    Thanks for any help you can give me on this decision!

    Ed B.

    • Giulio Sciorio December 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

      What’s up Ed! I have used the Olympus Share app since day 1. It’s a great app and one that is a bit under appreciated IMHO. I’ve not used the FlashAir card yet since I could not find a good source for one at a decent price but here’s some great news – you can use the Ol Share app with any photo regardless of what camera it was shot with.

      Currently I use it with my Eye-Fi card but I there is some functionality missing by not using the app with the FlashAir card.

      I think the Transcend WiFi card might be based on the FlashAir technology and if so then we’ll be set.

      There’s something really amazing about shooting and sharing wirelessly from a camera and the Ol Share app is a excellent start for Olympus.

  5. Rex Deaver September 8, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    I know this is almost a year later, but I find the new Eye-Fi Mobi to be a near perfect solution, especially if you are shooting SOOC JPEG. Set up is nothing, works with all iOS and Android devices. Share to Google+, Flickr, other social networks (except Facebook). Not much editing capability in the Eye-Fi app, but editing with a separate app is not a problem.

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