Thanks to iStockphoto Member RichLegg, he posted a solution that I had been looking for. On occasion I shoot with my Canon 5dmkII tethered to my computers using Lightroom 3. I’ve been wanting a way for my model to be able to see how they are posing without me having to show them the back of the camera or turn the laptop around for them to see.

Let me first explain tethering. I’m familiar with Canon and Lightroom, but I suspect most other vendors will be able to do the same function. Lightroom 3 is the software that I use to import, sort and do some editing of images with. Lightroom 3 allow for a photographer to be able to connect his camera directly to Lightroom and Shoot with the image transferring automatically to Lightroom. This is nice because You get instant feedback on your computer screen.

I’ve been wanting a way for the model to have there own screen and to be able to see whats is being shot. Well this is where Avatron’s AIR DISPLAY comes in. You can buy it in the iTunes App Store, there is a $20 version for your desktops and a $10 version for your iPads/iPhones. All you need is a wifi connection and the software installed on you devices. You select from your main computer what device you want to mirror your screen to. I have an extra semi broken iPhone thats been sitting around. It now is the monitor that the model can use to see what has just been shot. So, I tether shoot to my computer and then the image comes up for both of us to see and then I can easily instruct to get the best out of the model.

UPDATE: Ok, I was confused alittle, see Dave’s comment below, You don’t have to buy both to make this scenario work, Thanks Dave for Chiming in, can I get a refund 😉


Dieter Spears is a Nashville Photographer, He shoots Stock images for iStockphoto.com and Getty Images. He is an iStockphoto Inspector.

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1 Response » to “Realtime Visual Feedback For Your Models During a Photo Shoot”

  1. Dave Howell says:

    Hi. Thanks for posting this! I love this use of our Air Display app.

    Just to expand on what Dieter said about the price: if you want to mirror your computer screen onto your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you don’t have to pay $30. You just need the $10 iOS app, and the free Mac or Windows host software.

    The other $20 app is for another use case, where you want to extend one Mac or PC onto the screen of another Mac.

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