Good Morning Everybody,
Wow! Was yesterday a kick or what? Even with the early morning wake-up call, I think everyone had a great time at my Early Bird shoot. We had good looking models, great weather, and a fantastic location. What could be better? Yes, that’s me on the floor getting that last terrific shot you see below.
Even the techie side of the shoot went perfectly. Once again I was shooting wirelessly directly from my Canon 7D into my iPad so the class could see the results within a few seconds. I was using the Canon WFT-E5A Wireless Image Transmitter [link] to transmit directly into ShutterSnitch [link], a $15.99 app for the iPad. The 7D was set to capture in RAW and Small JPEG – it was the very small JPEGS I was transmitting over to the iPad. Because of their small size, only about 800k, the transmission time was about 2-3 seconds – really fast!
DAZNOTE: The secret to seamless transmission is to set the camera and iPad NEVER to shut off. That way the channel of communication is never broken and never needs to be reset during the shoot. It took me three tries before I figured that one out.
I have to tell you, it was one fine way to teach and the class loved it. Talking about my thoughts and what I was planning to create the image, shooting the image, and then seeing it pop up on the iPad 2 seconds later ramped up the learning experience for everyone. That, by the way, brings us to the topic of today’s post.
The Ultimate Client Sizzle!
Ok, having described what I did yesterday with my class, I want you to think of the real world studio possibilities for your own client’s photography sessions using this technology – the possibilities are endless and exciting. Let me share with you 5 suggestions.
1. Using the same set up described above I could shoot directly into the iPad at a wedding. I would suggest two ways of doing this. Shoot the entire wedding to the iPad. That way you would have ALL the images ready for a slide show later in the evening during the reception – way cool.
Now even a more way cool application – shoot the reception images directly into the iPad connected to a data projector via the iPad projector connector. Now the bride and groom and guests will see the excitement of the evening unfolding in real time right before their eyes! The long range transmitting capability of the Canon wireless unit will assure seamless transfer for the duration of the party.
2. You’re out shooting a job on location – let’s say two small children. You’re in the park shooting away and capturing some great images. Sure, you can show mom the back of the camera occasionally and she’ll be excited seeing the small images.
Now let’s ramp up the excitement a bit. Shoot wirelessly into the iPad with my set up and let her follow the shooting with the iPad right there in her lap. How cool would that be?
ShutterSnitch even has a Star rating system where your client could begin the selection process right in the field!
3. You’re shooting a high school senior in the studio, out of the studio – wherever. Shoot directly into the iPad and let your client follow the shoot. You can preview shooting ideas with them right on the spot fine tuning the session with your client’s direct feed back. They’ll feel a greater sense of involvement in the session and their input should result in them liking a larger number of the mages.
4. You’ve got your mom’s excited, your high school senior clients excited, you’ve got everybody excited with your very cool wireless shooting set up. Wouldn't it be cool for your clients to post some of those images directly to their Facebook page right there on the spot during the shoot. Shutter Snitch has that function built right into it – awesome!
5. Your working with a commercial client shooting product, food, interiors, etc. Now they can have their own private iPad monitor to follow the session offering suggestions and tweaks along the way that enhance the finished result even more.
The bottom line to shooting success in all these instances is the “instant feedback” response going directly to the iPad. The screen is plenty large for several individuals to see the images popping to the screen on and how the image looks in real time.
It’s a win-win for everybody, including you, because the client can offer suggestions, tweaks, changes, etc. along the way that facilitate the best results quickly, effortlessly, and efficiently and at the same time kick lots of “sizzle” into the process!
I’d love to get you feedback, ideas and suggestions too. Why not post them in the comment section below. If I receive at least a few comments, I‘ll give the person with the best suggestion a copy of my very popular “Captured By The Light” 14 hour DVD [link] set worth $59. Hey, you can’t beat that and it’s a great way to share with our DPT readers. I hope you’ll take a minute or two to participate.
Sedona Experience Update!
Hey gang, I just wanted to let you know that we still have just a couple of seats left for our upcoming “The Sedona Experience – A Private Workshop.” [link] We are keeping the class size super small for maximum interactive benefit to our participants.
I figure we’ll be spending about 30 waking hours together for this intense, exciting, learning experience. I have to tell you, the HIT of my Master Class last week was when I worked with each small group individually for about an hour at a time. Now multiply that by 30 hours working exclusively in a small group (limit of 6) and you can see the real impact of this rare learning opportunity!
Give Jennifer a call at 800.292.2994 for more info.
Hey gang, that’s it for me today. After our super long day yesterday – about 17 hours – I promised LaDawn a day off. We’re heading out to see some of the sights today, even though we have gray cloudy skies and a few snow flurries falling. Ahhh, Spring in Banff ;~) Still, we’re looking forward to enjoying the break and the magnificent scenery of this beautiful country.
See everybody tomorrow, David