Ad agency parasites now have even more control over poor photographers with Capture Pilot
Normally I’d complain about an iOS camera triggering app which requires a computer as well as a camera to make it work, but when that camera is loaded with the Phase One back, which pumps out 80MP images, you’re going to need somewhere bigger than the iPad to put them.
The app is Phase One’s Capture Pilot with Camera Control, and it works in tandem with Capture One Pro 6 on your computer. In its free form, the app lets you view, tag and rate images as they are snapped in-studio. This feature is aimed less at the photographer and more at those people who bother him as he tries to go about his work.
Imagine: You’re taking meticulously set-up photos of, say, the hot new cellphone, and the ad agency sends someone to look over your shoulder. Only now, instead of having to sit at your computer, they can lounge around on your couch with their iPad and order you around from there. Or worse still, thanks to the feature that allows the app to be used from “remote locations,” the parasite can sit in the coffee shop across the street and have their lackey call you and direct the shoot.
Once these morons have left for the day and gone for some egg-white sushi, or whatever the hell it is they eat, you can make a $15 in-app purchase and gain full remote access over your camera. You can control exposure settings and see on-screen readouts for ISO sensitivity, exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, and so on. You can also trip the shutter.
And this will work with pretty much any Canon or Nikon SLR, along with (of course) Phase One gear, and also Leaf and Mamiya cameras.
Capture One 6 Pro costs $400. Capture Pilot with Camera Control is free, plus $15 to get the features you’re actually interested in.