Wirelessly Previewing Images on Tablets – CamRanger vs. Nikon WT-6A

TETHERED PREVIEWING IN THE STUDIO USING CAPTURE ONE

In our studio we shoot what I consider the current traditional way, tethered by USB 3 cable to a Microsoft Surface Pro running Windows 10 and Capture ONE software, displaying the preview image on a 60” monitor. This scenario is perfect for static shooting that takes place in a studio, and makes a wonderful training tool for our photographic workshops, but since you are physically tethered to the laptop via a cable, it is not ideal for location, where you might need to be more mobile.

Previewing images in studio on a 65" monitor. Nikon D5 tethered to a Surface Pro with HDMI output to Monitor.

Previewing images in studio on a 65″ monitor. Nikon D5 tethered to a Surface Pro with HDMI output to Monitor.

Previewing images in studio on a 65" monitor. Nikon D5 tethered to a Surface Pro with HDMI output to Monitor.

Previewing images in studio on a 65″ monitor. Nikon D5 tethered to a Surface Pro with HDMI output to Monitor.

Shooting tethered to a 60 inch monitor is a superb tool when conducting photographic workshops. Nikon D5 tethered to 60" monitor using Surface Pro running Capture One software

Shooting tethered to a 60 inch monitor is a superb tool when conducting photographic workshops. Nikon D5 tethered to 60″ monitor using Surface Pro running Capture One software

Shooting tethered to a 60 inch monitor is a superb tool when conducting photographic workshops. Nikon D5 tethered to 60" monitor using Surface Pro running Capture One software

Shooting tethered to a 60 inch monitor is a superb tool when conducting photographic workshops. Nikon D5 tethered to 60″ monitor using Surface Pro running Capture One software

Shooting tethered to a 60 inch monitor is a superb tool when conducting photographic workshops. Nikon D5 tethered to 60" monitor using Surface Pro running Capture One software

Shooting tethered to a 60 inch monitor is a superb tool when conducting photographic workshops. Nikon D5 tethered to 60″ monitor using Surface Pro running Capture One software

Shooting with Nikon D5 with wireless transmitter WT-6A transmitting to iPad tablet running Nikon Software, supported on a mini light stand and a K&M iPad Mount

Shooting with Nikon D5 with wireless transmitter WT-6A transmitting to iPad tablet running Nikon Software, supported on a mini light stand and a K&M iPad Mount

Shooting with Nikon D5 with wireless transmitter WT-6A transmitting to iPad tablet running Nikon Software, supported on a mini light stand and a K&M iPad Mount

Shooting with Nikon D5 with wireless transmitter WT-6A transmitting to iPad tablet running Nikon Software, supported on a mini light stand and a K&M iPad Mount

LOCATION SHOOTING – WIRELESSLY PREVIEWING ON TABLETS

For the past 4 years, on location, I have shot with the Nikon D3x wirelessly “tethered” to various tablets via a CamRanger. The flexibility and freedom to effortlessly move around a location while wirelessly tethered to a tablet is the main reason, plus the ability to show the model or client large size images during the shoot is a significant advantage.

Previewing of Images on Tablets using Wireless Transmitters. Nikon D3X with CamRanger Wireless Transmitter

Previewing of Images on Tablets using Wireless Transmitters. Nikon D3X with CamRanger Wireless Transmitter

Having recently moved to the Nikon D5’s and the WT-6A transmitters, we are still shooting wirelessly direct to various mobile devices, and currently viewing images in the Chrome Browser.

Previewing of Images on Tablets using Wireless Transmitters. Nikin D5 with Nikon WT-6A

Previewing of Images on Tablets using Wireless Transmitters. Nikon D5 with Nikon WT-6A

There are several pros and cons of each setup and I thought I would share my experiences with the photographic community, and of course would like to hear of other’s experience and approach

Previewing of Images on Tablets using Wireless Transmitters. Nikin D5 with Nikon WT-6A vs Nikon D3x with CamRanger

Previewing of Images on Tablets using Wireless Transmitters. Nikon D5 with Nikon WT-6A vs Nikon D3x with CamRanger

CamRanger

PROS

  • Very intuitive. Setup/configurations is simple and fast
  • Fast upload of preview image
  • I love that I can save the images to both the tablet and to the memory card. This provides image redundancy in the event of a corrupted card, and also allows us to continue to view the images, even when the camera is switched off during wardrobe / set changes
  • The CamRanger battery lasts an entire 8 hour day of shooting.
  • Inexpensive

CONS

  • Wireless connection to CamRanger drains the camera battery really fast. In a typical 8 hour shoot we will go through at least 4 D3-x camera batteries. I attach a small 3000mAh external USB battery pack with Velcro to allow our tablet to give us a full day of image viewing
  • Cannot pinch-zoom. You can double tap to view the full size image, but you cannot zoom to a specific area (say eyes to check catchlights)
  • You always have to think about the additional pack and USB wire. I hook the CamRanger to my belt / Monopod / tripod, but you have to remember to unhook when you put your camera down.
  • The CamRanger software isn’t as stable as it could be.

Overall I highly recommend CamRanger for simple inexpensive wireless tethering.

Here is a couple of shots from some recent shoots including my Playboy Playmate shoot with Nikki DuPlessis shot with my typical CamRanger Setup using a Manfrotto magic arm with the K&M Ipad Mount mounted to the side of my tripod.

Wireless previewing images on iPad tablet using CamRanger attached to Nikon D3x

Wireless previewing images on iPad tablet using CamRanger attached to Nikon D3x

Wireless previewing images on iPad tablet using CamRanger attached to Nikon D3x

Wireless previewing images on iPad tablet using CamRanger attached to Nikon D3x

Nikki Du Plessis - Playboy South Africa

WT-6A (so far only using it direct to HTTP connection, and viewing in a browser)

PROS

  • The adapter is tiny, attached to the camera, and it becomes part of the camera. There are no additional devices or wires that you have to consider, so it is way more convenient. I leave it attached to the camera even when I am not using it
  • Very fast, almost instantaneous upload of preview image (less than 2 seconds)
  • Interestingly, the wireless connection does not drain the camera battery. In a full day of continuous shooting, over 9 hours, we only changed the D5 battery once at around the 6 hour mark
  • Setup/configurations is simple and fast
  • Ability to pinch and zoom the image to a desired magnification is great

CONS

  • Really Expensive for what it is – just a wireless transmitter
  • The Nikon HTTP browser software approach is really clunky – will look into alternative viewing platforms
  • The inability in the browser to swipe left/right to load the previous/next images is SO unintuitive. Right now you have to hit a minute forward arrow key to view the next image. Cannot believe that Nikon would not resolve this ASAP.
Shooting with Nikon D5 with wireless transmitter WT-6A transmitting to iPad tablet running Nikon Software, supported on a mini light stand and a K&M iPad Mount

Shooting with Nikon D5 with wireless transmitter WT-6A transmitting to iPad tablet running Nikon Software, supported on a mini light stand and a K&M iPad Mount

Shooting with Nikon D5 with wireless transmitter WT-6A transmitting to iPad tablet running Nikon Software, supported on a mini light stand and a K&M iPad Mount

Shooting with Nikon D5 with wireless transmitter WT-6A transmitting to iPad tablet running Nikon Software, supported on a mini light stand and a K&M iPad Mount

Shooting with Nikon D5 with wireless transmitter WT-6A transmitting to iPad tablet running Nikon Software, supported on a mini light stand and a K&M iPad Mount

Shooting with Nikon D5 with wireless transmitter WT-6A transmitting to iPad tablet running Nikon Software, supported on a mini light stand and a K&M iPad Mount

Playboy Playmate Kim King revealed – exclusive photos for Playboy South Africa’s January 2016 Playmate

South Florida local Kim King is a stunning all-natural Playmate, and graces the pages of Playboy South Africa as their Playboy Playmate, January 2016. She epitomizes the Playboy girl-next-door. Sweet, polite, cute, fun, and just the nicest person you will ever meet. The kind of girl you want to take home to meet your mom!

I had the privilege of working with Kim several times over the past few years, and every shoot has been pure joy. I cannot say enough about what a lovely person she is, both inside and out. I wish Kim all success in her adventures and I am sure her Playmate Pictorial is just the first of many steps along a very interesting journey.

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa - photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa – photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa - photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa – photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa - photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa – photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa - photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa – photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa - photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa – photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa - photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa – photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa - photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa – photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa - photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa – photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa - photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa – photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa - photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa – photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa - photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa – photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa - photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa – photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa - photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa – photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa - photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa – photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa - photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa – photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa - photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa – photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa - photographed by Danny Steyn

Kim King, Playboy Playmate January 2016 for Playboy South Africa – photographed by Danny Steyn

 

Playboy Playmate Angel Kriel – exclusive photos for Playboy South Africa’s November 2015 Playmate

South African beauty Angel Kriel is a real firecracker. Super intelligent, quirky with a razor sharp sense of humor, and on top of that all,  stunning to boot. Angel had always dreamed of being a Playmate, and I am thrilled to be the photographer that made that dream come true for her.

We were fortunate to shoot over two days on location at a luxury home in Johannesburg, at a private airfield with some unique ultralight planes, and at a park near Hartebeesport Dam. Great locations that brought out the best in this lovely lady.

Take a look at a few of the images from our fun shoot together. Some of these appeared in her Angel Kriel’s Playboy Playmate pictorial, some are revealed here for the first time. ENJOY!

The Stunning Angel Kriel - Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa

Angel Kriel Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa. PHOTO Danny Steyn

The Stunning Angel Kriel - Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa

Angel Kriel Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa. PHOTO Danny Steyn

The Stunning Angel Kriel - Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa

Angel Kriel Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa. PHOTO Danny Steyn

The Stunning Angel Kriel - Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa

Angel Kriel Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa. PHOTO Danny Steyn

The Stunning Angel Kriel - Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa

Angel Kriel Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa. PHOTO Danny Steyn

The Stunning Angel Kriel - Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa

Angel Kriel Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa. PHOTO Danny Steyn

The Stunning Angel Kriel - Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa

Angel Kriel Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa. PHOTO Danny Steyn

The Stunning Angel Kriel - Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa

Angel Kriel Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa. PHOTO Danny Steyn

The Stunning Angel Kriel - Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa

Angel Kriel Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa. PHOTO Danny Steyn

The Stunning Angel Kriel - Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa

Angel Kriel Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa. PHOTO Danny Steyn

The Stunning Angel Kriel - Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa

Angel Kriel Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa. PHOTO Danny Steyn

The Stunning Angel Kriel - Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa

Angel Kriel Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa. PHOTO Danny Steyn

The Stunning Angel Kriel - Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa

Angel Kriel Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa. PHOTO Danny Steyn

The Stunning Angel Kriel - Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa

Angel Kriel Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa. PHOTO Danny Steyn

The Stunning Angel Kriel - Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa

Angel Kriel Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa. PHOTO Danny Steyn

The Stunning Angel Kriel - Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa

Angel Kriel Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa. PHOTO Danny Steyn

The Stunning Angel Kriel - Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa

Angel Kriel Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa. PHOTO Danny Steyn

The Stunning Angel Kriel - Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa

Angel Kriel Playboy Playmate November 2015 For Playboy South Africa. PHOTO Danny Steyn

 

Playboy Playmate Rualize Van Rensburg – exclusive photos for Playboy South Africa’s December 2015 Playmate

Rualize Van Rensburg graces the pages of Playboy South Africa as their December 2015 Playboy Playmate. Rualize is such a rare, natural beauty, tall and magnificent, with an ambition to succeed that burns so brightly. I can see her blazing a very high profile career in the future and I am sure PLAYBOY is just the first step in her ascent to stardom!

Rualize Van Rensburg - Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa - Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg – Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa – Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg - Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa - Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg – Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa – Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg - Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa - Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg – Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa – Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg - Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa - Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg – Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa – Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg - Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa - Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg – Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa – Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg - Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa - Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg – Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa – Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg - Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa - Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg – Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa – Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg - Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa - Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg – Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa – Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg - Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa - Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg – Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa – Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg - Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa - Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg – Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa – Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg - Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa - Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg – Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa – Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg - Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa - Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg – Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa – Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg - Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa - Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg – Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa – Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg - Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa - Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg – Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa – Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg - Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa - Shot by Danny Steyn

Rualize Van Rensburg – Playboy Playmate December 2015 Playboy South Africa – Shot by Danny Steyn

Playboy Playmate Alessya Brookes revealed – exclusive photos for Playboy South Africa’s June 2015 Playmate

 

Every now and then I get to photograph an amazingly unique talent, and Alessya Brookes is one such Playmate. Physically fit, toned, and stunning to shoot from every angle. But more than that, Alessya has her head on straight, knows what is important to her in life and is single handedly pursuing those goals with energy, discipline and enthusiasm.

So thrilled to have been part of your adventurous journey so far Alessya.

Playboy Plamate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa's Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Playmate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa’s Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Plamate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa's Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Playmate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa’s Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Plamate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa's Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Playmate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa’s Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Plamate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa's Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Playmate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa’s Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Plamate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa's Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Playmate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa’s Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Plamate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa's Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Playmate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa’s Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Plamate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa's Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Playmate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa’s Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Plamate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa's Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Playmate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa’s Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Plamate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa's Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Playmate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa’s Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Playmate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa's Miss June 2015 Playmate

Playboy Playmate Alessya Brookes revealed Playboy South Africa’s Miss June 2015 Playmate

 

Playboy Playmate Leila Scott Revealed – Exclusive photos for Playboy South Africa’s Playmate April 2015

Leila Scott is a down to earth South African “boere meise” (farm girl). But she is smoking hot with the best pair of natural breasts that I have photographed in a long time, says photographer Danny Steyn who photographed Leila exclusively for Playboy South Africa.  Be sure to check out her full pictorial in Playboy South Africa!

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa

Lelia Scott Playboy Playmate April 2015 Playboy South Africa