iPad Users… You are going to LOVE this posting!!!!!
When the iPad was first announced, I was very excited about the using this device for photography. Besides the obvious benefits of displaying photos, I imagined using the iPad as a tethered monitor for high resolution display of images in the field without having to lug a laptop around. Alas, I was disapointed to hear that there was no USB connection on the first model. While I love my iPad I had all but given up the thought of using it as a convenient high resolution monitor for tethered shooting. Then all of a sudden I had a brain wave about how I could make this work. When I tested it out, it worked like a treat. I haven’t seen any mention of this on the internet anywhere, so hopefully this blog posting will help other photographers turn their iPad into a super convenient wireless monitor for tethered studio sessions. Check out this video which will show it to you in action.
How Does It Work?
This should work with any Canon or Nikon camera
It definitely works with a Mac, however I’m not sure if there is an equivalent solution for Windows.
Here’s what you need.
- Camera (I know it will work with Nikon and Canon, but probably other brands as well)
- USB cable that you would normally use to shoot tethered.
- Mac Computer (Works fine on a Mac Pro laptop, iMac etc.)
- Tethering software (that runs on the Mac) I am using Lightroom 3, but you could also use Sofortbild or Canon tethering software.
- Air Display Software for the Mac (free) from Avatron
- Air Display Application for iPad ($9.99) from the AppStore on your iPad
Start by installing Air Display on your iPad.
Then download the Air Display Application for your Mac from Avatron. You can get this by clicking here.
Get Airdisplay working as an extended desktop first (pretty cool eh)?
If you don’t have a wireless network operating in your shooting location, then you can create an Ad-Hoc Network from your Mac. This means you don’t need a wireless router to communicate with your iPad… Your Mac computer will talk wirelessly to the iPad without any other hardware.
Then I started my tethering software (in my case it was Lightroom 3) and I configured my virtual second monitor into Loupe mode
Once I started my tethered shooting session the images just appear beautifully on my iPad.
If you drag the tethering control window onto the virtual monitor on the iPad you can remote trigger the camera.
Now I just need to design a cool little holder for my tripod… any suggestions?
I hope you find this posting useful… look forward to your comments and reactions.