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Airsnap, Remote Triggering For Your iPhone

March 23rd 2014 10:38 AM

I think it’s hard to deny the advantages of being able to view and control your camera via WiFi. My Canon 6D has WiFi functionality, though my EOS M does not. It is great being able to control my camera via my tablet or mobile phone – this functionality for a DSLR or other ILC is great.

But what about your phone? What if you wanted to control your phone camera remotely? Well, now there is an app for that. Seriously.

Airsnap Control Your iPhone Camera Remotely

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Airsnap is a new feature for iOS devices, integrated into the Camera Plus app, which allows you to control the camera of one iOS device with another iOS device. The whole concept seems rather silly to me, but I guess if you wanted to take a group shot with your phone and you had one of those neat little phone tripods from Joby, then this could be a great help.

The app is simple enough, you just load the Camera Plus onto both devices, set one as the trigger and one as the camera. The controls available to your are about the same as you would expect with a basic camera control app, you can choose which camera to use, see what it sees, and decide what to use flash or not.

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The app is not free though, and will cost you $0.99, meaning that in order to use the app on both your devices you are down at least $2. Not a terrible cost or anything, but I am still left shaking my head at this whole concept. Just use a camera app on your iOS device that has a timer, problem solved.

This is not something that I would spend money on, but it may be something that you are interested in. You can find out more about the Camera Plus app with Airsnap from the Apple App Store.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. dane

    Interesting!

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  2. Guruprasad Kamath

    Hi Anthony

    My name is Guru and I take care of marketing at Global Delight.

    First of all thanks for writing about AirSnap in the Camera Plus app.

    I noticed about the price of the app. Camera Plus v3.5 is a universal app which means you can buy once and install it on multiple iOS devices you own/control. Camera Plus can run on any iOS 7 devices and can be easily paired.

    As far as Countdown Timer is concerned, we have that feature in the app by default, however, we were trying to solve the following problems:

    1. You wouldn’t have to run back frantically to get into the frame, you might trip (just concerned) or probably have a motion blur

    2. You would then have to run back to just see if the others in the frame were supportive enough to smile for the camera. (or i’m sure you could deal with that)

    3. Ever thought of getting that candid shot of someone? Well Surprise! You can now!

    Thanks.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Hi, Thanks for taking the time to share the reasons behind developing the AirSnap feature. I still doubt it is something that I would use personally, but I can see how it would make some situations easier to handle.

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