How the royal wedding was shot

Canon writes about how The Times used Shootitlive to create a live photo feed during the Royal Wedding. It’s published on Canon Professional Network (CPN) which is the world-wide website for Canon pro photographers to discover all of the latest news, technical articles, and advice for using Canon professional imaging equipment.

The CPN writer Mark Alexander spoke to The Times picture editor Paul Sanders to find out how they covered the biggest pre-planned news event of the year. Click below to checkout how the photographic coverage of the Royal Wedding was planned and exactly how it was shot.

“We got this new piece of software that enabled us to transmit the picture straight to a live gallery on the website, bypassing the picture desk completely and publishing the images within 30 seconds of them being taken”

Paul Sanders, Picture Editor, The Times

Check out the entire article here, Shootitlive is featured on page 3.

Connecting Eye-Fi with Sil

Unable to save service to card.

Are you greeted by this message when attempting to connect your Eye-Fi card with Shootitlive?
I understand the frustration that can arise from this message when there’s a major deadline breathing down your neck. But gee, I have the cure for you and it’s easier than you can imagine!

To connect your Eye-Fi card to Shootitlive you have to use the built-in FTP support. Sign in to your Eye-Fi Center, click on “Add New Online Sharing Site” and select FTP. Enter your Shootitlive project as username and enter your password. What many seems to forget is that you have to provide a FTP server URL in the form ftp://hostname:port/path i.e. for Shootitlive that´s (as we use standard port and dont require any path).

Ladies and gentlemen, that’s all that needs to be done!

Take control over the transmission

The big down-side with proffesional use of Eye-Fi cards is the lack of control. You can´t see if you really have a connection or which photos actually been sent (If you don´t have a computer as an intermediary). But hold on, there is ways around this.

One option is to use an app for Apple’s mobile devices called ShutterSnitch. This app receives and displays pictures wirelessly on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. From the app you can E-mail and FTP transfer images directly from the browser.

Read more about Eye-Fi and ShutterSnitch in this Fstoppers article.

Note. The video below tells us how you have to jailbreak your idevice but with the latest iOS update you dont need a jailbreak. iOS 4.3 gives you the ability to use your idevice as a WiFi Hotspot. Read more about this in my previous post

Pocket Phojo
Another option is Pocket Phojo (if you have a Windows Mobile phone).
This will send all pictures to your mobile phone via WiFi. From the application actions can be configured so that once on the phone, the photos automatically have IPTC captions and keywords added then transmitted via email, FTP, or Secure FTP over the phone’s 3G connection. You also have the possibility to edit each image if needed, with support for cropping, resizing, levels, and sharpening.

But the biggest down-side of all still remains!
In crowded areas (e.g. Sport arenas etc.) with many radio transmitting devices in use, the Wi-Fi signal may drop. The only way around this problem is to use a cable between 3G device and camera (Wired LAN), this is only supported by Canon WFTs, Nikon WT4 preferably used with the Cradlepoint 3G router CTR-500.

Use your Iphone as a WiFi hotspot

When we started Shootitlive 2008, there were problems with the camera connections because of the lack of battery powered 3G routers available on the Nordic market. Since then a lot has happened and now Apple finally releasing the new iOS 4.3 for Iphone that is hopefully to launch in Febuary 2011. This update gives you the ability to use your iPhone as a WiFi Hotspot.

This is currently only available in the iOS 4.3 BETA. To activate any idevice (iPhone, iPad etc) on iOS 4.3 BETA via iTunes, you need to have UDID of your idevice registered on a developer account with Apple.

This update will certainly ease the work for many photographers as you dont need yet another gadget to carry around!

The last few weeks I also have received a lot of calls from photographers who need some assistance with connecting their WiFi transmittors. So I finally got my ass out of the wagon and made a step-by-step video for both Canon and Nikon.

Don´t even think about using my password because I will change it;-)