How To Directly Tether Your Camera To An iPad By Lee Morris

How To Directly Tether Your Camera To An iPad By Lee Morris

Update: There is now a new way to tether your camera to the iPad that does not require jailbreaking the iPad. Check out the new video here.

Are you a photographer and an iPad owner? If so, you are really going to love this. Are you a photographer who swore you would never buy an iPad because it's just an over-sized iPod Touch? Well you are about to change your mind.


How To Directly Tether Your Camera To An iPad By Lee Morris from FStoppers on Vimeo.

Ok, now that iPad has gone from being a nice toy to being a fantastic tool for any photographer, let's talk about details.

Everything that we are doing on the iPad can also be done on an iPhone but since we like to see our images big, if you don't already have one, you need to buy an iPad.

Which card to buy

Now you need to decide where you will be using this new system. If you plan on shooting in a studio then I would highly suggest sending your images through a wireless router. By doing this you do not have to buy the $130 Pro X2 card and you don't have to jailbreak your iPad. Instead, you simply have to purchase the Eye-Fi Connect X2 for $45. Your range from iPad to camera is also much better because you have a router as a middle man. If your camera only takes compact flash cards, you will have to use an adapter until Eye-Fi starts making CF cards of their own. Update: I have been told that this does not work with all cameras. Please do your research before buying.

Of course, I'm sure many of you are like me and your shoots are never in the same location. For photographers on the move, it is worth buying the Eye-Fi Pro X2 card. Keep in mind that the card can "memorize" multiple wifi logins meaning that when you are in the field you can connect directly to the ipad, and when you are in the studio it will transfer through that network.

Jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad

If you want to transfer images directly from the camera to the iPad you do need to jailbreak your iPad (the same goes for the iPhone as well). If you haven't jailbroken your phone or pad before, don't worry, it's really very simple and if you don't like it for whatever reason, you can always "un-jailbreak" it by reverting back to factory settings using iTunes, or by simply upgrading your firmware. The most difficult part about jailbreaking is finding the correct jailbreak for your current firmware. Simply go to Settings > General > About > Version. Once you know which firmware your iPad has you need to do a Google or Youtube search. For example, my iPad is running version 3.2.1 so I would search for "iPad jailbreak 3.2.1". Keep in mind that if you have recently updated your iPad, a jailbreak will not be available for your version for sometimes weeks or months.

Once you jailbreak your device, a new app called Cydia will show up. This is the new "jailbreak appstore". From here you will need to download "My Wi" and it costs $20. Then you need to go to the normal App store and download "ShutterSnitch". I believe it costs $8.

Once you have done all of this, simply follow the steps laid out in the video and you should be good to go. This "hack" has opened up so many doors for my business. You will be surprised with what is possible when you can instantly see/email images out of a pro camera. Please let me know in the comments below if this is something that interested you. If you come up with something cool we would all love to see it. Please post your work on FstoppersForum.com

More details about wireless transfer

Rob Galbraith has some extremely detailed articles about transferring images to the iPad. If you would like to learn more before you buy, I would highly suggest checking out this article about Shutter Snitch and this article about choosing the right router.

ipadgiveaway

Now that I can tether my camera to my iPad, I love my iPad. We also love our Twitter followers. We have decided to give a 16gb iPad away to a random Twitter follower on December 15th. All you have to do is follow us and at some point tweet at least 1 thing about "Fstoppers" or link to a post on our site. Hell, you can even tweet about this contest if you want. On the 15th we will randomly choose one of you as the lucky winner. Due to mail/customs issues, this contest is only open to US and Canada residence. Don't worry, we will be doing a big world wide contest again very soon.

Here is the same video if you prefer using YouTube.


And if you want to win the iPad check out this video:

Fstoppers is Giving Away an Apple Ipad from FStoppers on Vimeo.

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Heey! Thanks for the info, I've been wondering if it was possible to make the ad-hoc network with the iPad! I think its s great way to show the pic to the client on location and let them mark which photos they are going to want. Will love to see a review of good raw processing apps on the ipad as well :) you know, to do some on-the-go jobs.

Thank you guys! You're really inspiring!

Greetings from Mexico :)

does the ipad need to be the 3g version or will non 3g work?

MESSAGE TO APPLE: STEVE JOBS, TIM COOK, PHIL SHILLER, SCOTT FORSTALL, ROB MANSFIELD:

>PLEASEPLEASE< TAKE NOTE OF THIS INCREDIBLE INNOVATION AND MAKE THIS POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE NEED TO JAILBREAK THE IPAD...

COME ON!!!

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Awesome update. Can the files be RAW or JPEG or just JPEG?

Cheers :)

i want to have iPad, but dont have any money :-(

Hello f-stoppers and users.. i would just like to inform you all that this product do NOT work with Sony DSLR's - I have sent them an e-mail and received this awnsor from there Support line

Hello Bjerg,

Although the camera is not on our list the initial tests are showing that this range of Sony Alpha cameras is not compatible with Eye-Fi cards.
Please feel free to contact us again if you have questions or would like further assistance.

Kind regards,
Michal - Eye-Fi Customer Care

also by checking there compatible form on there website it seems like its only there NEX and new A55 and A77 that supports these WIFI flash cards.

This is so cool! Following :D

Hi, great fun using a iPad for tethering, but it fails on us using RAW

But if it works with RAW+ (Raw & jpg)it can work for me, then I can see the JPG up close and determine the Q of a RAW file.

Anyone know if that works???

This would make a great addition to your photobooth. If you could have it mounted somewhere so people could just flick through the photos of the night so far. If that's possible... :)

Nice trick!

I'm using 3network MiFi dongle as portable Wifi network to avoid jailbreaking the iPad. Very small, sits in my pocket and lasts 6+ hours. Quite fast, works everywhere. Added bonus - internet everywhere included! The rest of the setup is the same

Great Video like always. Funny ass outtakes at the end. Good Job Lee!

I've been wondering when this was going to happen. The iPad has a gorgeous display, and it is about the right size for a photographer on the go. I try to tether to a laptop whenever I am on a shoot, so we can immediately see what the camera is seeing. This helps my confidence and the talent's confidence that we are capturing what we need for the shoot. However, I have learned that my Sony Vaio has a wonderful display, but it wasnt showing us lens flares, which necessitated extra work later on.

So the question is, does the iPad display show that level of detail, or am I stuck lugging a 23" flat screen on my shoots as well? Otherwise, this looks like a wonderful solution.

Is there a particular cf adapter that works better?

Aaarrrggg! My birthday is the 15th December and a cannot participate in the contest because I live in Spain.

I would have been a great birthday present...

Anyways i'm already following FStoppers

Hi all, I got this card the day it came out. I used the old and original version with an adapter in my Canon 1d Mark III and 5d Mark II. But the new one can send RAW images. Except from any adapter in combination with any Canon camera. Using it directly inside a 1d Mark III it does work (no adapter).
I've been contacting many people on the Eye Fi Forums and support itself but they tell they won't support the card when you use an adapter.

In a Nikon it should work just like the video from Lee.

Hope there will be a better solution soon!

Stefan

Hi Lee,

Greetings from Canada.

That is one awesome tip. I too never really wanted/needed an iPad until now.

I'm following you on twitter, so if I don't win the iPad I'll have to go and buy one.

Cheers,

Paul Phillips

Lee, you should really amend your post to let people know that the new X2 cards will NOT work with adapters in any Canon camera. I purchased the adapter posted in your link based on this blog post. After pulling my hair out trying to get the card to work in my 5D MKII, I researched it online and indeed, Eye-fi confirmed (in many forum posts on their site) that the new X2 cards will not work via an adapter in Canon DSLR's. Only the older cards will work and apparently they're pretty buggy.

Thanks Shane, I had no idea of this issue. I will make a note in the post.

Thanks this is what I was exactly looking for...Good one..

Great page! Found this from Lifehacker. But I'd like to pose a statement that may enable people to save a chunk of change on this setup yet still be able to use this in the field with only the Eye-Fi Connect X2.

I am unable to test myself because I do not have the Eye-Fi cards, just some technical knowledge.

I'm not sure you have to use the Eye-Fi Pro X2 to connect with the jailbroken ipad/iphone on remote locations. The Eye-Fi Pro X2 is only needed for adhoc connections. MyWi makes a legit hotspot from your device, so to the Eye-Fi your iDevice should be seen the same as a router.

If someone has both cards, maybe they can do the configuration and see if it will work out and about with only the Connect X2.

I can confirm that the Eye-Fi Pro X2 8GB+WiFi does NOT work with a Canon 5D Mark II with the CF adapter. I was super excited after reading this post, bought everything thru B&H, now having to look up the issue and find out this combo does not work AT ALL.

Not very fun after spending almost $175 and ending up with useless items. I can only hope B&H will accept my open box returns.. I should have waited to read everyone's posts and comments regarding compatibility..

What a sad day.. hopefully people with less quality cameras can enjoy the fun :(

The eye-fi that we tried in our studio (with a pc) was so slow that it didn't really meet our needs. Is the I-Pad/X2 combo up to the pace of a real studio? I see the immense potential and toy value. But, if it takes 20/30 seconds per image to upload, you quickly crash the buffer and lose functionality.

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The New Canon 60D uses SD cards but in it's overview on the B&H site, under Flexible Storage and Memory Cards, it states "Canon cameras are not guaranteed to support EYE-Fi card functions, including wireless transfer."

Does not guaranteed mean it won't work or are they understandably absolving themselves from responsibility for a third party accessory? They do sell their own wireless transmitter but it costs $600+.

I shoot tethered to macbook to evaluate lighting & composition and I'm sick of the cable and bad connections.

To all the 5Dm2 users out there I am very sorry for your trouble. Obviously I didn't check this with every camera and I have heard about 5DM2 shooters using eyefi "connect" cards through a router and it working. If you shoot with a 5DM2 you can use the Canon WFT-E4 IIA Wireless File Transmitter vertical grip. This is a bit more at $700 but it is a professional choice. You can send directly to an iPad without having to jailbreak it too.

@ed, I agree, if you were sending RAW files to a computer, 30 second transfers are practically useless. I would suggest sending jpegs over only. A large jpg takes about 10 seconds and a small jpeg takes about 3 seconds. Also, make sure that your camera is fairly close to the router. Then the iPad or computer can be farther away and your transfer times will be much faster.

So who is the girl on the subway?

@ Mark; I think she was some crazy homeless person

Bummer on the recent posts about not being able to use the eye-fi YET....my hope is a cf card is created soon. Techies out there reading this; is the architecture of an sd card make it unique to being able to have wi-fi built in or can this be done with others [even if not in existence now]? Also, has anyone using a 5D MK II tethered directly to an ipad with positive results? Can the ipad receive raw images and show them or am I limited to .jpeg only? Thanks for your time. Cheers ya'll.

will this work using a Canon G12 (SD)

Great idea and great how it works! Like the iPad!

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