Workflow Part I - Wireless Tethering & Viewing Images


We get a lot of questions regarding use cases involving viewing, saving, and/or sending images. To try to answer these questions and provide ideas we thought it could be helpful to describe some common workflows relating to viewing images. There are a lot of different options, so this is just part 1 of the series.

Wireless tethering to iPad

Checks for exposure, focus, composition, etc.

Frequently a photographer just wants to occasionally check an image and confirm focus, exposure, lighting, composition, etc. There is no need to view every image, but rather check an image or two every once in a while. In this scenario, the photographer can select individual images from the thumbnails on the top of the screen. These thumbnails appear as images are captured and selecting one causes the image to be displayed in full resolution.

Nothing is permanently stored to the device on iPads, iPhones, and Android devices. The Mac and Windows applications will save the images to disk. In all scenarios, the images are first stored to the camera's memory card first.

For the fastest workflow, we recommend shooting JPG+RAW. The memory card will store the RAW images for later use and the CamRanger app will display the JPG image. A smaller JPG image will take just a few seconds to appear.

View all images as they are taken

The CamRanger can also be used for wireless tethering where as images are taken they automatically display.

This is accomplished by turning on the auto-view feature in the CamRanger software. On the iPhone/iPad app it is located in the settings under the "Controls" tab and is titled "Auto-View". In the Android app it is set as an "Image Capture" option within the settings. The Mac and Windows applications are a little different as within those options are separate options for "Auto-Save" and "Auto-View". Auto-Save will download and save to image to the computer. Auto-View will display the image. A user may want Auto-Save only if they are using another application with an auto-import / watch folder, such as Lightroom, to display the images and wants the CamRanger application to only download the images and not display them.

Shooting RAW+JPG is strongly recommended in this case. The memory card will have the RAW images for later, but the CamRanger will display the JPG image. A smaller JPG image will take just a few seconds to appear.

View Images Settings

Select from the camera which images are shown

The photographer may be shooting from the camera and want only some images to be shown and not all of them. Instead of setting Auto-View to ON, set it to Camera.

To display a selected image from the camera, the image needs to be modified on the camera so the CamRanger can know to display it. There are few ways this can be done, but these methods may work well:

  • Canon - Give the image a rating
  • Nikon - Press the lock button to lock the image

Note that for both of these methods the “change” can be immediately undone, such as double pressing the lock button to lock and then unlock an image.

Stay tuned for part 2 for additional common workflows