Wireless Tethering During Events

Posted on 19th March, by in Blog. No Comments

I’ve worked with several tethering options & here’s my 2 cents:

Wifi Tethering in General

-Your biggest enemy is line of sight. If people will be walking between you and your router, the connection will cut in and out. A good workaround is to attach your router to the top of a light stand.
-If you’re shooting low volume (exe: product photography in a studio) larger files are ok. If you’re shooting in a fast-paced event setting, keep it to small or medium JPEG, otherwise the transfers will go so slow that it defeats the purpose.
-Get a good router. Cheap-o routers typically have fewer & weaker antennas.
-If you’re shooting professionally, always have a backup plan(s). I always keep two 20ft USB cables and plenty of extra cards on hand. I’ve had to fall back on them before and boy was I glad I had them!

Eye-fi Card

– Only available in SD, so if you only have CF, gotta go the expensive route
– Works surprisingly well for a sub-$100 solution
– Free iOS and Andriod apps allow you to send images straight to you handheld device. I’m pretty sure you can configure the app to automatically push the images online too. It creates an ad-hoc network, so you don’t need a wifi network to use the app
– Doesn’t support live view or remote camera functions, just image transfer.
– If your wifi connection drops, you have to re-connect to the card through the software on the computer. Redeeming quality- when you reestablish the connection, any images that haven’t transferred automatically queue up
– Really good tech support. If you’re having issues, email them the log file and they can tell you what’s going on.

$700 Nikon Option

-Pair this with Nikon Capture software and you’ll have full camera control (except zoom, assuming you’re using a DSLR) as well as image transfer
-This setup is solid. Eye-fi and other “rigged” systems will come with quirks that you have to troubleshoot. If you’re working in a professional, time sensitive environment, it’s well worth the extra money.
-I’m not sure which Nikon transmitter you’re referring to, but, it probably requires an extra battery or 2 and is pretty hefty. I assume that the added size and battery requirement means that it has a larger antenna and a stronger signal compared to the tiny Eye-fi antenna that draws power from the SD slot.

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