OK, so I’m going to blow one of my secrets here. I’ve done it before; such as my talk last month at the North Dakota Newspaper Association convention. But today, New York Times columnist David Pogue blew the cover off this trick in his column, so here goes.
I’m going to show some examples of photographs that I made on my Canon EOS-1D Mk III professional DSLR, wirelessly beamed to my iPhone, cropped, toned, captioned and transmitted via FTP to The Forum for use in print. They never touched a “computer” until picked up by my newspaper’s photo archive.
This is the photo used on today’s cover.
I’ve actually done this trick before, but it has never been as easy as it is now thanks to a new feature of an Eye-Fi card. The card can host a wi-fi network for a smartphone or computer and their free app can pull the photos into the phone’s camera roll. What’s more, I’ve configured it to only transfer photos I tag in camera using the protect button. This feature is what makes it really useful for a photojournalist. I wouldn’t want the card to transfer hundreds of photos.
Toning on the phone is nearly impossible, so it is very important to shoot nearly perfect exposures. Ideally, using a manually set or “custom” white balance. I like to shoot a pocket-sized gray card.
The biggest drawback is that there is no way to adjust selections with Photogene. You can only do global adjustments, so “dodging up” faces isn’t possible.
This isn’t going to replace using a laptop, but it can be useful on a busy day. Set up is a big hassle, but once it works, it’s magic.