Usman Rashid of Irvine, California was photographing during a trip to Florida last year when started looking for a way to view his DSLR’s photos in real-time using his iPad. What he found was that existing solutions on the market were either too pricey or a pain in the butt.
Like any good entrepreneur, he set out to create a product that would meet his need. The result is a product called the CameraMator.
There are plenty of products on the market specifically targeting the photographer who shoots tethered to a laptop. But when it comes to putting your laptop somewhere other than the nearest unoccupied chair or table, we haven’t run into many accessories that offer a versatile, “attach anywhere” sort of solution — until we stumbled on the DigiPlate.
Photographers can now use their iPad or iPhone to view images remotely during a photo shoot — if they’ve got a Leaf or a Mamiya digital back. Today, Mamiya and Leaf announced the release of a new App compatible with Leaf backs, as well as Mamiya’s DM-series and RZ33 digital cameras and backs. When tethered shooting on a Mac, the Leaf Capture Remote v 2.0 App allows one or more iPad or iPhone to function as a remote image viewer over Wi-Fi.
There is no live view mode, but images are available to view as they are taken. There are obvious benefits to workflow with this sort of program, since the photographer can move around while reviewing the results from shots. Also, several people can view and flip through the images on different devices, which could come in handy in large photo shoots.
The App is free from the Apple store, and works in tandem with Leaf’s Capture server, which must be installed on your computer.