One of the issues with WFT-E6

14/10/2017. Fulham v Preston North End. Action from the Sky Bet Championship.

One of the issues with the Canon WFT-E6 wi-fi module is configuring and setting it up to communicate with the iPad or iPhone. There are a number of variables that need to be set before it will talk to the iPad. So if you are having problems here is my guide to how I managed to connect two WFT-6s to an iPad pro.

The following photographs show what settings I have used to enable the 1Dx & WFT-E6 to work with an iPad running ShutterSnitch.

In the Communications settings menu, enable the Communication Function.

14/10/2017. Fulham v Preston North End. Action from the Sky Bet Championship.

Choose the Set Up option

14/10/2017. Fulham v Preston North End. Action from the Sky Bet Championship.

Choose the Set that you wish to use, I used Set 1 for the iPad as it is the most commonly used, You could also set up other sets for iPhones or other devices.

14/10/2017. Fulham v Preston North End. Action from the Sky Bet Championship.

Select Change to change the settings. Choose Change Settings Name to change its name.

14/10/2017. Fulham v Preston North End. Action from the Sky Bet Championship.

Choose Lan type Wireless

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then go back to LAN Settings (and choose TCP/IP and make the changes as shown in the image above, be careful these need to be precise as a single digit transposed or incorrectly entered will stop it from working. After entering details go back up the menus and choose FTP server.

14/10/2017. Fulham v Preston North End. Action from the Sky Bet Championship.

Choose Target Server and enter the details for the ShutterSnitch installation on the iPad.

14/10/2017. Fulham v Preston North End. Action from the Sky Bet Championship.

Enter the i.p. address for ShutterSnitch

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Enter the login name for ShutterSnitch, the default login is snitch plus the password that you entered in ShutterSnitch when you first set it up.

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Leave the Target Folder as per the default.

14/10/2017. Fulham v Preston North End. Action from the Sky Bet Championship.

Use the men button to go back up the menu levels & choose Wireless LAN settings (this is useful if you wish to use multiple cameras so that you can give each one an identifiable SSID name.

14/10/2017. Fulham v Preston North End. Action from the Sky Bet Championship.

I have mine identified as WFT-A & WFT-B and have marked with a Sharpie which camera/WFT combo is which.

14/10/2017. Fulham v Preston North End. Action from the Sky Bet Championship.

In Advanced settings choose Ad Hoc 11b/g

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Then use the Confirm Settings to review the changes that you have made.

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Ok so that is the camera settings done, now power up the iPad and go to settings & in Wi-Fi look for your Cameras SSID name. Connect to it, it will say something like ‘No Internet Connection are you sure?” click Yes and join.

Once connected click on the blue i next to the network name and manually enter the IP details.

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Fire up Shutter Snitch and you should be ready to go. Good Luck.

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iPad Workflow

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For shooting football I mainly use an iPad for moving images quickly. The Workflow is quite simple and effective. The camera bodies are connected to the iPad via WFT-E6s and configured to work with ShutterSnitch. I have the cameras set up so that I can select individual frames to the iPad.  ShutterSnitch recieves the images and performs a couple of automated tasks, including a basic caption, renaming & copying to the camera roll.

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Once copied to the “Camera Roll” I use PicturePro to edit & complete the caption process and finally FTP images to the client.

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I love the fact that PicturePro supports the same Code Replacement format as PhotoMechanic, which saves a lot of key board bashing.

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Once the pictures are captioned they are ready to be FTPd, they can be done individually or in a batch.

Back to shooting

14/10/2017. Fulham v Preston North End. Action from the Sky Bet Championship.

I am finally back to shooting Football with two bodies after acquiring a second WFT-E6. It will take some getting used to but I enjoyed my trip to Craven Cottage for Fulham v Preston North End. A 2-2 draw in the end, but Fulham were not really at the races in the first half and snuck a draw at the death.

 

Eventually….

14/10/2017. Fulham v Preston North End. Action from the Sky Bet Championship.

It has taken a while, but I have found a second WFT-E6 at a sensible price, which now means that I can shoot with both bodies and wi-fi the images to my iPad. I cannot believe how expensive these things are new, and as I mainly use them at football, nearly £500 each was to expensive to justify.

In most situations they are overkill, the Eye-Fi mobi pro cards did the job, unless there was a lot of wi-fi interference, which on match days there frequently is. As you can probably imagine several thousand supporters, plus TV & the such like all using WiFi means that the airwaves are congested. Not a problem on most news stories, when there are just a few photographers & journalists about, however I do like the fact that I can send images direct from the camera to the picture desk, with as little or as much interaction as I wish.

It is also great when doing corporate shots, so that the client can see images as they are shot (subject to me checking them on the back of the camera first!)

Non League Day..

7/10/2017. Guildford City v Farnham Town

City’s Kieran Campbell scores his and City’s first.

No Sky Bet Championship to cover today so I ended up at my local sides game at the Spectrum, Guildford City v Farnham Town. Despite taking the lead twice City ended up losing 3-2. Not their greatest performance, especially after they beat the team that’s 2nd in the league mid-week.

7/10/2017. Guildford City v Farnham Town

New Toy

30/09/2017. Ealing & Charing Cross Protest March.

I love my Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 Sport, but it doesn’t play really nicely with the Canon extenders that I have so I have invested in the Sigma 1401 1.4x extender which I will give a thorough test of during the next week or so.

Protest March

30/09/2017. Ealing & Charing Cross Protest March.

One of the jobs yesterday was a protest march from Southall Park down to Ealing Common protesting against the closure of Ealing Hospital & other NHS cuts.