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May 20, 2016 13:35 |  #8116

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On site my camera is tripod mounted with a clip on the center post that holds my phone (a Note 5 - it's quite large) which serves as a remote and a bigger display for the camera via the DSLR Controller app. When I move, the whole rig moves as one piece. I level my tripod at a consistent mid chest height and rarely change that height. That gives a consistent look to the entire set of images. I use a 7 shot 1 stop bracket that my 7DII runs automatically and my remote setup allows touch screen focus on the phone. I can estimate the exposure quite accurately by sight on the phone's display and, since I use a 7 shot bracket while I plan to only blend 3-5 frames, I have a good deal of leeway with regard to exposure. The result is I can shoot a 3000 sq ft house (usually about 50-60 final images) in a little over an hour and rarely take more than 1.5 hours for larger houses. I could not do that with flash because because set-up for each shot is more tedious and required some testing and repeat.

In addition, using available light lets me get a more natural look and it especially lets me tie several areas of the house together in one exposure in a very natural looking way. I use flash some - usually in smaller rooms - and like the very clean look with no color shifts, but my clients like the blended images and are very outspoken about that.

The result of this is that I spend more time in post (maybe that's the time you want to save) but I kind of enjoy that and I've gotten quite efficient about post. My computer has a good deal of RAM, a fast quad core processor and my main HD is an SSD. I can usually finish PP in about 2 hours because I rarely have to wait on the machine.

Bottom line (I really dislike that expression), I prefer the available light look and it doesn't slow me down.

I prefer spending more time in post as well because I really enjoy post. I'd rather spend less time on location. What are you using for a cable setup to get your phone into your camera?


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May 20, 2016 14:09 |  #8117

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I prefer spending more time in post as well because I really enjoy post. I'd rather spend less time on location. What are you using for a cable setup to get your phone into your camera?

It's called an OTG (on the go) cable. Couldn't find one locally - most didn't even know about them - so I ordered online. It plugs into the phone on one end and has a female USB on the other end. Then you just plug the standard camera USB cable into the OTG cable. The app - DSLR Controller (external link) - is only for Android. Apple apparently will not allow enough access to the iPhone fro the developer to make the app work. Here's a link to a more complete explanation with pictures https://photography-on-the.net …showthread.php?​p=17737982


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May 20, 2016 15:51 |  #8118

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It's called an OTG (on the go) cable. Couldn't find one locally - most didn't even know about them - so I ordered online. It plugs into the phone on one end and has a female USB on the other end. Then you just plug the standard camera USB cable into the OTG cable. The app - DSLR Controller (external link) - is only for Android. Apple apparently will not allow enough access to the iPhone fro the developer to make the app work. Here's a link to a more complete explanation with pictures https://photography-on-the.net …showthread.php?​p=17737982

Is there an apple equivalent app?

edit: looks like there is an iOS beta? I see someone using it on an iPad.


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May 20, 2016 15:53 |  #8119

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Is there an apple equivalent app?

Not that I know of. The developer says Apple's restrictions prevent access to areas of the phone that would be needed to develop the app. If you have a camera with WIFI (or Canon's very expensive WIFI accessory), you can use Canon's EOS Utility but it won't work wired into the camera with IOS or Android. Weird choice on Canon's part, I know.


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May 20, 2016 15:54 |  #8120

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Not that I know of. The developer says Apple's restrictions prevent access to areas of the phone that would be needed to develop the app.

Wonder if I just need to jailbreak my phone then.


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May 20, 2016 15:58 |  #8121

seaLere wrote in post #18013463 (external link)
Wonder if I just need to jailbreak my phone then.

I think I'd just buy a used Samsung Galaxy or Note (some Samsung tablets work too) and use it just for a camera remote.


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May 20, 2016 16:00 |  #8122

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I think I'd just buy a used Samsung Galaxy or Note (some Samsung tablets work too) and use it just for a camera remote.

Instead of jailbreaking an iphone for free? Ha...no way I would buy a tablet just for that when I have a giant iPhone screen!


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May 20, 2016 16:10 |  #8123

seaLere wrote in post #18013469 (external link)
Instead of jailbreaking an iphone for free? Ha...no way I would buy a tablet just for that when I have a giant iPhone screen!

I don't think hacking the phone would help with running the Android app on an iPhone. :-(


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May 20, 2016 16:11 |  #8124

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I don't think hacking the phone would help with running the Android app on an iPhone. :-(

https://dslrcontroller​.com/iOS/ (external link)

obviously I don't know how legit it is, but I'm willing to try!


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May 20, 2016 16:15 |  #8125

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https://dslrcontroller​.com/iOS/ (external link)

obviously I don't know how legit it is, but I'm willing to try!

Oh. Something new. Sorry I was not up-to-date. Good luck with it. :-D


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May 20, 2016 16:16 |  #8126

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Oh. Something new. Sorry I was not up-to-date. Good luck with it. :-D

It's technology man...no one is up to date :D


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May 20, 2016 17:05 |  #8127

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It's technology man...no one is up to date :D

So true!


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May 20, 2016 17:28 |  #8128

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I have done a lot of real estate and do blending for all of my shots but want to get into using lights to make things go quicker. I have 3 speedlights plus a rove light that is arriving tomorrow. I don't mind the distortion on my 17-35 too much but cutting a little out would be nice.

How do you think multiple lights would speed up your photography process? I shoot ambient with 1 on camera external flash and know that having to dial in any other lights would take much much longer and severely limit composition options.




  
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May 20, 2016 18:43 |  #8129

seaLere wrote in post #18013459 (external link)
Is there an apple equivalent app?

edit: looks like there is an iOS beta? I see someone using it on an iPad.

Your sig says you have a 6D, have you tried the canon built in wireless tethering? I have it installed on my iPhone and iPad, no need to jailbreak anything.


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May 20, 2016 20:59 as a reply to  @ seaLere's post |  #8130

there has been an android version for a few years, its not a bad product


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