In today’s world, it seems like there are more and more options to integrate wireless technology into our daily lives and work. That also holds true when discussing photography and tethering options. Last week, I shared 5 reasons you may not want to go wireless when tethering, so this week, I wanted to share 5 reasons why you would want to go wireless. It’s important to remember that you have the option and wireless might make sense in some situations and cabled might make sense in others.
Advantages of Shooting Wireless
This one is rather obvious and probably what most would think as the main advantage. Cabled photography requires a cable from the camera to the computer. People can trip over this cable, the cable can fall out (especially if you’re not using JerkStoppers), or it can get in the way of other gear in the studio.
Tether to Tablets and Smart Phones
As of the time of writing, there is no other way to tether directly from a camera to an iPad or iPhone device. You can tether using a cable to an Android device using an OTG connector or directly to some tablets using USB ports on the tablet, but lets be real, going wirelessly is far more sexy.
No cable means you can move around a lot easier while shooting. It also means that other people on set, like creative directors and clients, can easily pass around the tablet, smart phone or laptop.
Wirelessly tethering to a tablet or smartphone means less gear. Now you can tether while shooting on the street, scouting locations, and during quick impromptu session. Don’t forget to bring your TabStrap.
You can control the camera settings with a number of wireless options out there. That means you can place the camera up in the rafters, outside a window or any location where being tied to a cable would not make the shot possible. Then, using the wireless software, you can control all the camera’s settings and trigger it remotely.