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Capture Pilot v1.1 review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on March 23, 2011


Keywords: capture, pilot, phase, software

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Tethered photography has revolutionized the studio workflow by allowing photographers and clients to interact in ways never before possible. In today’s world, a photographer can take the photos, instantly download view them on the computer and have the clients make final decisions within a matter of minutes. Then, the photographer can copy the photographs to a hard drive, hand it to the client and move on to the next shoot.

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Conecting the iPad

Tethered shooting involves connecting your camera body to your computer system so that your images are immediately downloaded to your computer’s hard drive. The camera is usually connected to the computer via a USB cable or fire wire connection, but there are also wireless tether options available for many camera systems. In addition to the hardware, you’ll need a piece of software that provides the digital interface between the computer and the camera. Many companies make tethering software, but few do it as well as Phase One.

Phase One has been an innovator in the software and studio photography world for many years. In addition to creating state-of-the-art medium format cameras, they also produce professional caliber imaging software such as Capture One Pro 6.0 (www.captureone.com).

Capture One Pro 6.0 is designed to be an all-in-one workflow tool for the studio and location photographer. It allows a photographer to capture images in real time with a tethered camera, organize, rate, process and output images without ever leaving the workspace.

The software engineers for Capture One Pro 6.0 have recently developed a new product called Capture Pilot that allows remote viewing of images from the tethered photography session on an iOS device such as the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.  The interface allows multiple iOS users to view, zoom and pan high-resolution RAW, TIFF and JPG files in real time, while you shoot.

Capture Pilot is a free download from iTunes for your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. The software integrates with Capture One Pro 6.0, so you’ll need to also own a version of this great workflow tool ($399 USD).

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Why Remote Viewing?

If you’ve ever shot in a studio or location environment with other people while tethered to a laptop, you know that everyone always crowds around the computer screen. For the people in the room, the most exciting thing is looking at the images on the monitor. Models, parents, directors and grandma all want to see the pictures right away!

When I’ve shot tethered sessions in my own business, clients quickly gather around my laptop and are literally tripping over one another to see the photographs. In some of my larger sessions, I would have five to ten people crowded around to see the screen. Of course, this chaos is occurring at exactly the same time I’m trying to take photos or review images on the computer. It always gets a bit close for comfort when everyone is gathered around the shooting space.

Now that Phase One has created Capture Pilot, anyone with an iPad/iPhone/iPod can literally hold the photos in the palms of their hands and I don’t have to play crowd control. The space around my camera gear and laptop is free and I don’t have to worry about power cords or USB cables being ripped from their sockets.

Letting people review the images at a different location in the studio gives me space to breathe on the set. Even better, my clients can make their “selects” decisions on an iOS device while having full control over zooming, panning, or reviewing any image taken during that session.

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Mike Hagen Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

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