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How do I get photos from camera to computer instantly?


chelle e2
9 77
30 Sep 2011 11:29PM
Hi there!

I have been asked to do some event photography where the photos I take will have to be viewable on my macbook instantly. I have never done this before as have never had to. What can be used to do this? I've seen people use wires from the camera to computer to view the pics instantly, and also seen some photographers do it wirelessly.

I'm after the cheapest way as I haven't got a lot of outlay.

Also, would I have to have certain software to view them instantly on my macbook too? If so which software? I have photoshop and Aperture. Could I use one of these?

Thankyou in advance. Smile

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miked70 e2
5 225 3 South Africa
1 Oct 2011 5:38AM
you can use Lightroom 3 or above with a cable that plugs in your camera know it works on Canon and Nikon if they have the output socket normally a standard cable from pc shop think aperture does as well look for tethered shooting in help menu
strawman e2
11 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2011 8:59AM
For cable link I note you have a Canon camera so just use EOS utility as it lets you link the camera to a PC and you can have direct link to the computer for free via the USB port. On some cameras you can even drive the camera from the PC. So that is the lowest cost option. and having used it I think it works well. If it works for your camera it should be in the CD's that came with it. Also after installing the SW do some downloads from the Canon site as they have improved this free SW suit a lot. It works on PC, no idea if it works on Mac

Wireless you get memory cards that have a WiFi feature but that costs more and I have not used one so no idea how good or bad they are.
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2011 11:25AM
Look at the range of Eye-Fi cards like this one for example.

It's probably the easiest and cheapest way to do it without wires.
lemmy e2
7 2.0k United Kingdom
7 Oct 2011 10:41PM
This is how I do it with my iPad. I assume the MacBook would be the same.

http://youtu.be/LCxKZ7RjkXk
15 Feb 2012 1:33PM
Hi chelle,

We've only just joined ePhotoZine, so apologies for the slow reply. SanDisk launched its range of SanDisk Eye-Fi cards at the end of last year, which as Chris_L said, are a really convenient way of wirelessly transferring photos directly from an SD card to a tablet, without removing the card from your camera. You can find out more here .

Cheers,

Nick on behalf of SanDisk (UK)
lemmy e2
7 2.0k United Kingdom
15 Feb 2012 1:47PM

Quote:I'm after the cheapest way as I haven't got a lot of outlay.


Are the Eye-Fi cards really cheap?
BigRick e2
9 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2012 3:10PM

Quote:Hi chelle,

We've only just joined ePhotoZine, so apologies for the slow reply. SanDisk launched its range of SanDisk Eye-Fi cards at the end of last year, which as Chris_L said, are a really convenient way of wirelessly transferring photos directly from an SD card to a tablet, without removing the card from your camera. You can find out more here.

Cheers,

Nick on behalf of SanDisk (UK)



....but really slow....


transfering to a macbook

i bought an eye fi card to use for events, and wont be using it again, it is just far too slow for pro use, i need the photos instantly, not after sometimes more than a minute for a raw file, by which time the client has got bored and walked off, only not to buy any prints. Sad I now use cable, and they are instant.... one day it will be the nikon wireless transfer pack, but at 450 isnt cheap by a long way.

And no, Eye fi cards are not cheap.

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