How do I transfer pictures from my Canon T4i to my Surface Pro tablet automagically after each shutter click?
Posted on 2013-05-11
Recently, I've been having a lot of fun re-taking photographs shot over a hundred years ago. The challenge is to find the _exact location_ that the original shot was taken from and then to frame it as close to the original as possible (and attempting to compensate for any aspect ratio / perspective differences because cameras back in those days used simpler lenses)
On my blog, I take the original and then slowly fade-in the modern shot and then fade back to the original in a loop. The results are quite pleasing/cool if the shots are composed such that all of the objects / buildings / landmarks are aligned.
Currently, my approach is to superimpose a picture of the aiming dots from my Canon T4i's viewfinder over the original picture and then print it out and put it on my clipboard (a real one) that I take with me as a reference for setting up the shot. I use the dots as a guide for framing the shot and it can work quite well if I'm _lucky_ enough to have taken the pic from the _exact_ same spot as the original photographer and the gods of perspective and camera lense physics are on my side (which is usually not the case).
Being off by a foot can make a world of difference so I usually take 50-75 variations of the shot hoping that one of them will turn out. I then hop back on my bike and take the camera home and load the images onto my PC .
I wrote a little VB.net program that displays the original shot in a window and then lets me zip through the 50-75 shots I took by superimposing them onto the original. It also lets me play with sizing so within a couple of minutes I can audition all of the shots and see if I'm going to have to go back and try again. The program also automates Photoshop so that if I find a shot that I think is close, it will load it, along with the original shot into Photoshop as separate opaque layers where I can prepare the final images for my blog.
I have a MS Surface Pro Tablet and it seems to me that if I loaded my little VB.net program onto it and took it with me, I could preview my shots in the field and not have to take all those "hail-mary" shots.
So I need a way to get the shots from my camera onto my Surface Pro automagically. I want to be able to take a shot with the camera and within 5-10 seconds be able to see them on my Surface Pro tablet.
My camera (Canon T4i) doesn't support wireless and requires that I connect a USB cable or pop out the memory card in order to transfer shots to my computer.
Can anyone suggest a way to get the pictures from the camera to PC/Laptop/Tablet as they are taken?
Since I do this on my bike rides, I have to travel light and everything must fit into my backpack. I need to be able to take the shots manually (camera in hand) and don't use a tripod because some shots require that you crawl into weird and wonderful places (hedges, bushes and porches etc. that weren't there a hundred years ago).
In a perfect world, my camera's memory card would be visible to my PC/Laptop/Tablet as a mapped networked drive and my program could simply monitor the appropriate folder to detect when a new image appears.
I would consider buying a new camera because I have GAS. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)
Thanks in advance for any tips or suggestions