How does it work in a practical environment?
Getting Ready to Go
Setting the CamRanger up at my workshop was a breeze. First you download the free App for either Android or Apple and then register the device by entering your unique password. Once this is complete you can simply connect the device to your camera, access the WiFi on your tablet and open the app and you are ready to go!
I set my camera to capture RAW & Jpeg Normal, so that the RAW file will remain on my camera (unlike Lightroom tethering) and the Jpeg file will be sent to the tablet for viewing.
OPTIONAL: Having the RAW files remain on your card is a safety feature which ensures that no files are ever lost during the transfer process, as is the problem with some tethering devices/software.
The image takes less than a second to display on the tablet. I now have the option of handing the tablet to my students for them to see exactly what I have captured and to discuss the image in detail on an enormous 10” screen. This makes the discussion more interactive and students can ask questions there and then. Once I have completed my demo I simply disconnect and continue assisting them where necessary.
However, there is more. Students have the option to download the CamRanger Share App (also free). This incredible feature allows them to connect directly to the CamRanger unit over its ad-hoc WiFi network and have the image appear on their personal device. We are now taking workshops to the next level!
How this works practically is, once I have taken my image, I share that image with the group, who see it on their devices. This makes the discussion much easier. Another great feature is to set it so that it doesn’t share every image, only the ones I choose.
I have used the CamRanger on my last 2 workshops and the response form my students has been amazing. There is a limit of about 8 students who can share at one time due to the size of the unit, but as my workshops have a max of 10 students, this suits me fine.