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Capture Pilot v1.1 review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on March 23, 2011


Keywords: capture, pilot, phase, software

While writing this article, I shot a few photographs in my home studio with still life images, but to really put the product to the test, I set up a studio in a hotel room while traveling to a wedding in Bend, Oregon. For the photo shoot, I asked a group of children who went to the wedding to pose for me while I photographed them with a Nikon D700 tethered to my MacBook Pro.

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Hotel "Studio"

I handed the group of kids the iPad and let them watch the photos in real time while I photographed them in the hotel room studio. Their reaction to seeing the images on the iPad was fantastic. In fact, it was probably the same as your reaction would be: excitement, wonder and enthusiasm. Without any input from me, they instantly understood how to navigate the Capture Pilot iPad software and began rating the images with stars and color labels.

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Kids rating the pictures using capture pilot on an iPad iPad and Model

Having remote viewing on the iPad made it easy for me to keep my computer and camera area clear and unobstructed. That allowed me to move around, change settings and make adjustments on the computer without having to move people out of the way. As I shot photos, all the kids and parents went ooh and ahh as each image displayed on the beautiful iPad screen. At any time, the group could go back to previous photos, zoom in/out or change their ratings.

 

 

An unexpected and delightful benefit of having the iPad was that it dramatically enhanced the whole creative process. We started out just shooting straight portraits of the kids, but when they looked at their images, they started suggesting great ideas for new photographs. Over the course of 30 minutes, we took images ranging from formal to silly to beautiful to dramatic. The best photos of the shoot came from the collaboration that stemmed from viewing the images on the iPad in real time. The iPad increased the fun factor by ten-fold and kept everyone completely interested during the entire shoot.

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Kids getting creative while having fun

On a side note, the folks at Phase One say that there isn’t a technical limit to how many i-devices can be used during the same session. In other words, you could have five or ten people in the same room reviewing the shoot from their iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. That got me thinking about all the photography workshops I run and how I might be able to integrate the iPad into the classroom environment. It would be great to shoot tethered photographs to the computer, and then have them download immediately to all the iPads/iPhones/iPod Touches in the room. We could then review, discuss and re-shoot pictures based on everyone’s feedback. This just might be a game-changer for my workshops!

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