Back in October I wrote about a fantastic camera control app called “qDSLRdashboard.” I use this app to connect to my Nikon D7000 through a flashed router which runs the qdslrdashboard server. I love it, and this past week I discovered something which makes me love it even more.
When I capture an image with the qDSLRashboard app, a preview will appear on the screen of my device. It’s not the highest resolution image ever, nor do I expect it to be so as it’s attempting to display a raw image file over wifi on the fly.
Previously, however, I was discouraged by how captured images appeared in the gallery section of the app. Everything was grainy and looked blurry. I chalked it up to the way the application was rendering the images, but it left me feeling a bit let down. Part of the advantage of taking pictures through my mobile devices is being able to work with the best camera I own – even for “social sharing” while an event is going on. Even worse, I couldn’t find a way to select the images and open them in an app like Photoraw on my iPhone or iPad. It seemed like an odd omission.
While on vacation, however, I discovered the problem was actually with me and not a deficiency in the application itself, much to my delight 1. qDSLRdashboard, it turns out, does save the full resolution raw image to the remote device inside the default photos app! This allows me to access the images in any app which has access to my photos library. I can adjust, edit, save, and share photos taken from my DSLR without ever having to sit at a computer. In fact, this what I did this morning during worship 2 as my brother Ronnie preached to the English-speaking congregation at Central Baptist. I captured the image below through my iPad, brought it into Photoraw for adjustments, and uploaded it to Central’s Facebook page 3.
Unfortunately Adobe’s Lightroom mobile app does not yet work directly with raw images, so I can’t use that app to bring the raw photos directly into my Lightroom library. It also means I can’t do lens corrections and simple color balancing on the fly, but I’m still impressed with the results I’m able to achieve using nothing more than a mobile platform. This is certainly an app worth checking out 4.