Getting Camera Images to Your Smartphone

So, the immediate question is why would you want to get images taken with a DSLR or mirrorless camera, or any other digital camera to your smartphone (or iPad). Simple: To share them. Whether you like it or not, we no longer mail drugstore prints to grandma. Everyone (figuratively speaking) takes photos and posts them to social media — especially Facebook and Instagram. Everyone (figuratively speaking) has a smartphone (and maybe an iPad), with them, all the time. While most people just shoot and post from the phone, many photographers use dedicated cameras, but still want to share them — almost immediately.

The question arises: How do I get my digital camera images to my smartphone? Some camera manufacturers have addressed this by building wi-fi capability into their newer camera bodies. Olympus does this, but I have a three-year old OMD-EM5, which does not have that feature — nor do any of my older Nikons.

One option is to buy a wi-fi SD card. The idea is that the card, itself, has built-in wi-fi capability. I’ve tried two such cards with inconsistent results to the point where I felt I was just wasting money and time. Enter Apple’s Lightning to SD Card Reader. I ordered it, yesterday, from Apple, paid $29.00USD and got free shipping and it arrived less than 12 hours later!!!

Another reason many people want to transfer images files to their smart phones is the availability of easy to use, and inexpensive editing software, that is very capable.

This image was taken with the EM5 and saved to an SD card. I then plugged the Lightning to SD Card Reader into the iPhone, transferred the image, edited it in Snapseed (free) and the result was read for upload. Total time for plugging the card into the phone, editing, and uploading? Maybe 90 seconds!

Street Photo

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I’ve been talking about iPhones and Mac, but similar resources are available for android phones and PCs.

Lightning to SD Card Reader

Lightning to SD Card Reader

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