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Truth Behind The Shot(s): Cutting The Cord

How LR Photo brought Live image transmission to the 2015 Alpine World Skiing Championships


Although there were many variables to be considered, and tenfold as many potential solutions- one thing was very clear. My overall goal was to bring the best I possibly could, in every aspect of my work.

Keeping with that theme, for quite some time now I have been intrigued as camera companies began adding WiFi capabilities to their DSLRs. Although costly wireless adapters have been available for pro cameras for some time, they are rather involved to setup, and typically require someone, somewhere- to be at a computer to receive and edit your work.

As these new, far more affordable , adapters became more popular, I had often dreamt of the possibilities of shooting, editing, and transmitting wirelessly- to deliver a completed product Live, from anywhere.

I flirted with mirrorless cameras, read up on some of the adapters for the consumer cameras- and then, like it was meant to be: My friends over at Nikon released the new D750: A pro capable DSLR with a BUILT-IN WiFi adapter! Needless to say, the gear debate quickly ended.

Fast forward to now. The event is over, the final images have been sent. With the help of a kick-ass marketing team, we were able to share images from the event not only live, but at times within 90 seconds of the photo happening- and I'd like to share a few things I learned about effective wireless transfer, from my crash course that was #Vail2015.

 

(A view of Championships plaza, as everything moves into place for the Opening ceremonies)

In an effort to keep things fluid, it is best to have all of your logistics (where am I uploading from, how am I editing, where am I posting to, etc).

For the World Ski Championships, I knew we would primarily be transmitting images via Dropbox file share. The team setup a main location, and each day we made a system of folders called ##_Live for the continued sharing throughout the day.

 

A snapshot of just a few days worth of folders.



With the infrastructure in place, the next consideration is on-the-fly edits.

There are many options available for both iOS and Android. I like to keep a mobile version of Photoshop handy, but my favorite for quick adjustments is actually Snapseed. Its worth the small fee as it gives you some fairly precise editing tools- but in a fast enough package to keep things fluid.

 

The tools in Snapseed are in some ways very similar to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.



The Final consideration is where the photos are going. Are you uploading to a file sharing service, or are you directly posting to Social Media? If its the latter- you want to be sure to have all of your accounts and Apps logged in and ready to receive content as quickly as you produce it.

In addition, specifically with the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility- you have to make choices in regards to file size. Importing one image at a time will give you the option of choosing full res, or "recommended size". However, importing multiple images defaults to importing only the recommended size.

Nikon says the recommended size is based off of the resolution of your device. I found that both on an iPhone 6 and an iPad mini, this was about a 300-600mb file. For my purposes during the event, this was perfect for social media sharing. However, if you are on an assignment and expected to deliver printable files, you may opt for doing one at a time.

 

Copying multiple files in one sitting is fast with the D750, but you do sacrifice file size for speed.

So there's a general overview of how you can take some sick photos and share them with the world quickly. Have a suggestion of your own? Put it in the comments below!

Also don't forget, if you have any photography related questions, or questions about my work in general- send them over on Kik!

Username: LoganRobertsonPhoto

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All images (C) 2015 Logan Robertson Photography


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