Sharing Tips

I recently joined in on a zoom meeting run by Edinburgh Photographic Society. The format for the evening was Show and Tell, inviting critique from fellow members.

The importance of exchanging views with fellow photographers is an important element of being a creative and should not be undervalued. Equally important are the discussions which follow and the tips and advice shared with those who are as passionate about the art of photography as you are.

As well as some insights as to how to improve images I was motivated enough by two different techniques, I just had to try them out.

Firstly, remote triggering of the little ricoh griii using my smartphone, an iphone Xs. Now, I’d read about this but never got round to trying it out so thank you @davidgreer for providing the catalyst for this experiment.

I’m going to give you a step by step for this, lets hope the instructions are clear:

  1. First up you need to download the ‘Image Sync’ app to your phone. This app works for the Ricoh griii but is not compatible with all cameras. My Sony for example needs the ‘Imaging Edge’ app, so you may need to ask ‘Mr Google’ for assistance on which app will suit your camera.
  2. Switch on the wireless settings on your camera
  3. Using the app on the phone, scroll down the list of cameras and click on the camera model you are attempting to pair with, keeping your camera switched on.
  4. Follow the prompts, input the code displayed on your camera screen into your phone when requested.
  5. The two devices should pair and bingo you’re good to go.
  6. You will now see an operating screen on your phone. On the bottom menu bar click on the shooting icon.
  7. The phone screen will go dark and you will see a menu bar on the bottom of the screen with the camera settings.
  8. You should see the scene as seen through the camera lens on your phone screen. If you don’t then ensure the LV icon is set to on so you can observe in real time.
  9. Look nonchalant and start snapping.

As is obvious this technique takes practice. Part of the reason the shots are not working as intended is that I found the ricoh griii paired with the iphone results in a significant delay between activating the shutter from the phone and the shutter on the camera firing. This was at least 1 second or sometimes longer resulting in random positioning of the subjects. The final image was not what I had seen on the phone screen. I adopted my default setting of “if its not working reset to scattergun approach’ and ended u with a couple of passable shots but with patience and practice together with a better understanding of the tech side of this, I’m sure my efforts could be improved on. I was shooting in Aperture Priority mode, perhaps manual might be better. As this is also about sharing info, anyone with any tips let me know!

The last comment I have on this is perhaps obvious, but I’ll say it anyway. Make sure both camera and phone are fully charged before setting out as I found batteries on both drained very quickly. A spare camera battery and portable charger for your phone would be handy if you intend to shoot this way for a period of time. The longevity of the Ricoh battery is not the best anyway so … you have been warned!

Second Tip/Technique to follow in Part two

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