IOS 4.3 Personal Hotspot & Eye-Fi cards

For anyone that watches my flickr stream may have noticed that I have been doing a bit of a photo project for the last year or so.

Live photowandering.

Yup I walk around like I am apt to do with my camera taking photos of things, but instead of bringing them home & lovingly placing them in the vault that is my computer. (You know where they will never be seen by anyone ever again) I  can instead directly upload them (un-edited) to the internet.  How do I do this you ask? Is it  magic? is it some sort of ridiculous expensive camera technology that only pro’s could dream of affording? Nope! It is all done with my Eye-Fi Card and my iPhone. I say this like it is super easy to do and as of now it really is easy. However, it wasn’t always this way. Live uploading has been really a complicated process up till now. I have gone though a few different ways to do this over the last year or so as the programs and the tech have slowly caught up with what I want to do.

The first way involved a Laptop as an intermediary device which was heavy to carry around not to mention that Macbooks go to sleep when you close them.  Then with the introduction of MyWi & a jailbroken iPhone I could do away with the laptop but the battery life of my phone made it only viable for really short walks, even with the iPhone 4 it ate battery  life like it was delicious potato chips.  I also found that despite being built to multitask I found that MyWi would only really work if it was the active program, so I was constantly fussing with my phone. I also needed to use the specific Eye-Fi Cards that can upload via Ad-Hoc networks for both of these methods.
Now Apple has made my life super easy with IOS4.3 Thanks to you Apple for Personal Hotspot.
Thus far It is working flawlessly and is super battery friendly to just have the personal hotspot on most of the time and upload as I go.  I will hopefully be free to do some walking this weekend/next week watch the flickr/twitter to follow along.

2 Replies to “IOS 4.3 Personal Hotspot & Eye-Fi cards”

  1. So do you also use the real GPS of the iphone to automatically geotag your pictures now, rather then using the wifi geolocation of an eye-fi geo card?

  2. @newnomad Ya because I am using the dual card system of the Canon Mark IV my raw files are not tagged with geo-data from the Eye-fi. For that You can use a program called GPSphotolinker to take tracks data from any GPS and apply it to the Raw CR2 photos. I would recommend using an actual GPS logger over the iPhone however, simply for battery life and GPS accuracy concerns. I get that it is another device to carry around but I find the tracks tend to be more accurate and I can walk for more then a couple of hours with out having a dead iPhone.

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