ShutterSnitch on the iPhone During Vacation

In the second edition of The iPad for Photographers (which is available now!), I focus on using ShutterSnitch to import photos wirelessly from a camera using a Wi-Fi card such as the Eye-Fi to the iPad.

While I’ve been on vacation this week, however, I’ve been leaning on ShutterSnitch but using my iPhone instead. I’ve wanted to stay light while carrying gear around Disneyland, but “gear” also includes stuff to keep a 5-year-old fed and entertained for the day. (That includes lots of snacks, crayons, and paper for standing in long lines. I also have an iPod touch as a last resort, which so far hasn’t been needed.) And I haven’t been doing a great deal of photography. So although the iPad is light and portable, it’s still a bit of heft when my main goal isn’t photography.

My iPhone, though, is with me all the time, and ShutterSnitch works on all iOS devices, not just the iPad. The iPhone gives me three advantages over just taking photos with my camera: its Retina screen offers better previews of my photos; I can edit images using iPhoto, Photogene, or a bunch of other apps; and I can share those images easily.

Most shots have been of my daughter, so after importing photos into ShutterSnitch, I select a few, share them to the Camera Roll, and then send those to a Shared Photo Stream for family members to view instantly. I’ve also shared a few photos via Facebook and Flickr, also from the Camera Roll.


Knowing that I’d be using my iPad and iPhone primarily, I’ve been shooting in Raw+JPEG format. That enables me to have raw files I can work with on my computer, but also have high-quality JPEGs for reviewing and sharing. ShutterSnitch includes a feature to transfer only JPEG files, dramatically cutting down the time it takes to transfer the files between camera and iPhone as well as reducing the amount of storage taken up by the images. I also turned on the highlight indicator to see where areas were getting blown out to white. (I discuss ShutterSnitch and its features in more detail in a CreativePro article that was just published: “ShutterSnitch, the Wireless Photo Assistant for iOS.”)

If I were more photo-focused on this trip, I’d probably stick to the iPad. (That’s my plan for an upcoming photo tour I’m taking in October.) But in this case, it’s been more convenient to use my iPhone as the device for reviewing and sharing photos. ShutterSnitch and an Eye-Fi card enabled me to do it anywhere I happened to be standing.

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  2. Burgess Demers June 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Just purchased the new Ipad for Photographers 2nd edition and started reading it last night. I have the GoFlex Satellite drive and use it for travel with movies, etc., and had hoped to convert it for backup of pics on a trip next year to Ireland. Glad I saw your note on it!

    However, also got an email this morning from Seagate advertising a blowout sale on their portable hard drives. Can’t tell if these are the ones you are recommending we stay AWAY from or if they are the ones to GET. Here is the link:


    1. None of those drives will work for backing up photos from the iPad. Only the Seagate Wireless Plus will. (However, they’re not a bad deal for getting a portable laptop drive; I bought a 1 TB one earlier this year that’s compact and makes for a good duplicate of my MacBook Pro hard drive.)


      1. Burgess Demers June 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm

        Thanks for the quick response. I have the 500Gb GoFlex and it’s almost full of movies, etc. for travel purposes. The Seagate Wireless Plus goods very good, and one of’s reviews specifically talked about using it to back up RAW images. I’m thinking maybe I need an early birthday present… 🙂

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