Remote Shooting with Capture-Pilot

In addition to browsing and rating images served by Capture One Pro via a computer, the Capture Pilot iOS app offers wireless remote control, image browsing and geotagging with Phase One IQ2 and A-series system cameras using Wi-Fi.Wireless streaming of live view is also possible in conjunction with the Phase One IQ250 and the Alpa A250 models. By adopting the Alpa smart device holder, an iOS device can be directly mounted to the A250 camera and used as an electronic viewfinder.

With Phase One IQ2 based system cameras you can capture images, validate exposure, focus and composition and adjust ISO, exposure compensation, shutter speed and aperture value wirelessly from your iOS device. Camera Control is automatically enabled when a Phase One IQ2 digital back is connected to Capture Pilot and is optionally available as an-app purchase for other camera models (please be sure to check compatibility first). Only the aforementioned cameras can be operated directly using an iOS device, however, certain other camera models from Phase One, Leaf, Canon and Nikon can still be controlled remotely, providing they’re tethered to a Mac or Windows computer running Capture One Pro (version 6.2 or later).

Please note Camera Control has limited functionality with the A-series models due to their manual, mechanical features.

Key Features with Phase One IQ2 system cameras

  • Access cameras wirelessly, either over a local network connection, or directly using the camera’s ad-hoc mode.
  • Remotely adjust aperture, shutter, ISO, and exposure compensation values.
  • Stream live view images and adjust and update white balance (IQ250 only).
  • Remotely release the shutter.
  • Remotely confirm focus, composition and exposure of captured images.
  • Record location data and geotag your images, either in real-time wirelessly, or later when connecting the camera to your iOS device after a shoot.

Key Features with A-series system cameras

  • Access cameras wirelessly using the camera’s ad-hoc mode (local network connection is also an option).
  • Stream live view images (A-250 only).
  • Remotely confirm focus, composition and exposure of captured images.
  • Confirm current selection of A-lens.  
  • Record location data and geotag your images, either in real-time wirelessly, or later when connecting the camera to your iOS device after a shoot.

Key Features with supported Phase One, Leaf, Canon and Nikon models (tethered to computer running Capture One Pro)

  • Access tethered cameras wirelessly, either over a local network connection, or directly using the computer’s ad-hoc mode.
  • Remotely adjust aperture, shutter, ISO, and exposure compensation values.
  • Remotely release the shutter.
  • Remotely adjust and update white balance, and confirm focus, composition and exposure of captured images.


Note: Images residing on the iOS device are previews of images on the camera’s CF card and are not full size files.

Setup a direct (ad-hoc) connection with Phase One IQ2 based system camera

Phase One IQ2 system cameras can be operated remotely by an iOS device running Capture Pilot, all without the need to be tethered to a computer and is especially useful on location.

  1. From the IQ2 series back, select Menu > WiFi > Mode > Ad-hoc, and return to the top level of the menu.
  2. On the iOS device, launch the Settings app and select Settings> Wi-Fi > Choose a Network… This will initiate a scan for the network details. Please wait for the scan to be completed, and for the network name PhaseOne[serial number] to appear under the Choose a Network setting.
  3. Select the PhaseOne[serial number] network name to make the server connection. Wait for the name to populate the Wi-Fi setting, complete with checkmark and signal strength indicator.
  4. Exit the Settings app of the iOS device.
  5. Launch the Capture Pilot app.
  6. Select the appropriate network name PhaseOne[serial number] from the Server List page, displayed under Local Servers.
  7. Capture a test image using the shutter release or Camera Control in Capture Pilot. An image will be rapidly displayed in the Capture Pilot browser if the connection was successful.

Notes

  • Depending on the IQ2 back’s permissions settings, two server names (Capture Pilot and Camera Control) may be displayed on the Server List page with the same PhaseOne[serial number] network name.
  • The option to capture is available from both the Pilot and Control servers, but the latter mode excludes all browsing and previewing options.
  • Only one iOS device may access a server at a time, however dual servers allow independent access. For example, a photographer can remotely control the camera using one iOS device while a client browses the captured images on another iOS device.
  • Enable/Disable the second Camera Control server. From the IQ2 back, select Menu > WiFi > Mode >Off>Settings>Capture Pilot>Capture Remote>On/Off.
  • Enable/Disable the Camera Control option in the Capture Pilot server. From the IQ2 back, select Menu > WiFi > Mode >Off>Settings>Capture Pilot>Capture>On/Off.

Tips

  • You can confirm the network details, signal strength and quality from the WiFi Status option of the IQ2 series back, located on the same page of the WiFi menu (Menu > WiFi > WiFi Status).
  • The IQ2 series back automatically chooses the most appropriate channel but if interference is causing slow network connections, the user can select a channel manually. From the IQ2 series back, select Menu > WiFi > Mode >Off>Settings>Adhoc Channel>1,2,3,4… etc.

Setup a local network connection with Phase One IQ2 series system camera

When working in a studio it is possible to connect a Phase One IQ2-series camera wirelessly to an iOS device running Capture Pilot via a router. This will extend the range from approximately 8m/25ft for an adhoc connection to around a maximum of 30m/100ft.

  1. From the IQ2 series back, select Menu > WiFi > Mode>On > Select Network, and return to the top level of the menu.
  2. If the local network is secured and this is the first attempt to join it,  you will be prompted to enter the appropriate username and password (please contact the network’s webmaster for the details).
  3. If the network has been joined previously, the login details are remembered and the network will be joined automatically once selected.
  4. The IQ2 series back will display a graphic when attempting to establish the connection, and then another to confirm when successful.
  5. Open the Wi-Fi settings from the iOS device Settings app and connect to the network.
  6. Launch the Capture Pilot app and select the appropriate network name PhaseOne [serial number] from the Server List page, displayed under Local Servers.
  7. Capture a test image using the shutter release or Camera Control from Capture Pilot.

Notes

  • Depending on the IQ2 back’s permissions settings, two server names (Capture Pilot and Camera Control) may be displayed on the Server List page with the same PhaseOne[serial number] network name.
  • The option to capture is available from both the Pilot and Control servers, but the latter mode excludes all browsing and previewing options.
  • Only one iOS device may access a server at a time, however dual servers allow independent access. For example, a photographer can remotely control the camera using one iOS device while a client browses the captured images on another iOS device.
  • Enable/Disable the second Camera Control server. From the IQ2 back, select Menu > WiFi > Mode >Off>Settings>Capture Pilot>Capture Remote>On/Off.
  • Enable/Disable the Camera Control option in the Capture Pilot server. From the IQ2 back, select Menu > WiFi > Mode >Off>Settings>Capture Pilot>Capture>On/Off.


Tip

  • You can confirm the network details, signal strength and quality from the WiFi Status option of the IQ2 series back, located on the same page of the WiFi menu (Menu > WiFi > WiFi Status).

Live View using a Phase One IQ250 digital back

Wireless Live View is offered via Wi-Fi with an IQ250  back using the Capture Pilot app and IOS device.

  1. Establish an ad-hoc connection between iOS device and Phase One IQ2 series digital back.
  2. Start Live View from the contextual menu on the IQ250 back. (See IQ2 User Guide for more information). On the Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 series back, the camera automatically opens the shutter for live view to begin. If the IQ2 back is attached to any other camera, the shutter must be opened manually.
  3. Open the Capture Pilot app on your iOS device.
  4. Select the appropriate network name PhaseOne[serial number] from the Server List page, displayed under Local Servers.
  5. Tap on the movie camera icon at the bottom toolbar of the Capture Pilot app (on an iOS device). The live view image is displayed from the camera. Choose between Low or High Quality (low or high refresh rates), depending on your needs. Tap LQ/HQ to switch between the settings.
  6. To check focus and composition, zoom in and out of the image by pinching the screen. You can inspect detail up to 200%. Drag your finger across the screen to navigate around the image.
  7. To capture an image, exit live view. The shutter will be closed automatically on the 645DF+. On all other cameras, the shutter must be closed manually.
  8. Start Camera Control…

Notes:

  1. The Phase One 645DF+ with IQ2 back supports Live View in Manual or Aperture Priority modes only.
  2. All IQ2 series backs support live view with Capture Pilot when tethered to a Mac/PC computer running Capture One.

Shoot remotely from Capture Pilot (Camera Control) with Phase One 645DF+ and IQ2-series back

The Camera Control option is automatically available in Capture Pilot when connected to a Phase One 645DF+ camera with IQ2 series digital back. The Alpa A-series system cameras do not support remote operation. For a nominal fee, Camera Control is available as an in-app purchase for certain supported Phase One, Leaf, Canon and Nikon models. Supported cameras can only be operated wirelessly from Capture Pilot if tethered to a computer running Capture One Pro.

  1. Press the Camera icon in the bottom left corner of Capture Pilot display on an iOS device.
  2. A floating window will appear on screen. Long press the aperture, shutter or ISO values to access a menu list of alternative settings. Exposure settings can also be altered by swiping the (virtual) dial, which is located next to the numeric settings.
  3. Press the Shutter button to trigger the shutter and expose an image.

Notes:

  • Wireless operation is only available with Phase One IQ2-series system cameras.
  • If the camera is tethered, files are saved to a designated Capture One folder.
  • Raw files are not stored on the iOS device.

Setup a direct (ad-hoc) connection with an Alpa A-series system camera

With the Alpa A-series system cameras, the Capture Pilot app allows the user to remotely check the current selection of A-lens and confirm focus, composition and exposure of captured images. In addition, the Alpa A250 allows wireless previewing of images for composition and checking focus on an iOS device. By using the new Alpa smart device holder, an iOS device can be mounted directly on the camera and used as an electronic viewfinder.

  1. From the IQ2 series back, select Menu > WiFi > Mode > Ad-hoc, and return to the top level of the menu.
  2. On the iOS device, launch the Settings app and select Settings > WiFi > Choose a Network… which will initiate a scan for the network details. Please wait for the scan to be completed, and for the network name PhaseOne[serial number] to appear under the Choose Network setting.
  3. Select the network name in the menu of the iOS device to make the server connection and wait for the name to populate the WiFi setting, complete with checkmark and signal strength indicator.
  4. Exit the Settings app of the iOS device.
  5. Start the Capture Pilot app.
  6. Select the appropriate network name PhaseOne[serial number] from the Server List page, displayed under Local Servers.
  7. Make a test shot to verify the server connection; an image will be rapidly displayed in the Capture Pilot browser if the connection was successful.

Notes:

  • If battery power in the IQ2 Series back is very low a connection may not be easily attained.
  • The IQ2 series back automatically chooses the most appropriate channel but if interference is causing slow network connections, the user can select a channel manually. Select Menu > WiFi > Mode >Off>Settings>Adhoc Channel>1,2,3,4… etc.
  • Camera Control option in Capture Pilot is not supported by the A-series models due to the manual, mechanical features of the camera.

Tip: You can confirm the network details, signal strength and quality from the WiFi Status option of the IQ2 series back, located on the same page of the WiFi menu (Menu > WiFi > WiFi Status).

Use Capture Pilot as a virtual viewfinder with Alpa A250

  1. Establish an ad-hoc connection between iOS device and A250 digital back.
  2. Open the shutter, and start Live View from the contextual menu on the A250 back. (See IQ2 User Guide for more information).
  3. Start the Capture Pilot app.
  4. Select the appropriate network name PhaseOne [serial number] from the Server List page, displayed under Local Servers.
  5. Click on the Movie camera icon to display a full-screen live view image. Tap LQ/HQ (low or high refresh rates) to switch between the settings.
  6. Capture an image using the A250 camera’s mechanical shutter release.
  7. Tap any thumbnail to view a full screen image.Tap the Histogram icon to view exposure details.
  8. Tap the Histogram window to confirm the A-series lens details.
  9. To check focus and composition, zoom in and out of the image by pinching the screen. You can inspect detail up to 200%. Drag your finger across the screen to navigate around the image.
  10. Touch-scroll to the next image.
  11. Tap the Movie icon in Capture Pilot to return to Live View.

Browse images in Capture Pilot

  1. Establish a network connection between iOS device and Phase One IQ2 series digital back / Alpa A-series camera (or tethered computer running Capture One Pro, if working with certain supported cameras).
  2. Select the primary Capture Pilot server.
  3. Capture an image an image using Camera Control (automatically activated with IQ2-series back, or in-app purchase for certain supported cameras).
  4. Tap any thumbnail to view a full screen image.
  5. Zoom in and out of the image by pinching the screen and navigate around to inspect close-up detail up to 200%.
  6. Touch-scroll to the next image, or navigate using the forward or backward arrow at the bottom of the screen.
  7. Press the Pause icon to temporarily hold the image for assessment (useful if working in collaboration with a photographer capturing images on the secondary Control server).

Notes: 

  • Click the Back icon in the top left corner (of an iOS device) to go to the previous view. (e.g. Thumbnail view or Server list).
  • Thumbnail size can be adjusted by pressing the S, M and L letters in the bottom right corner of the screen on a connected iOS device.

View Histogram and exposure data

  1. Press the Histogram icon in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen (on an iOS device) to view or remove a floating/movable Histogram.
  2. In addition to the brightness range, exposure information data (where supported) is also displayed.

Add Color tag and Star ratings

  1. Tap any thumbnail to view a full screen image.
  2. Press the Star icon at the bottom toolbar of the Capture Pilot display on an iOS device. A window will appear on the screen where color and star ratings can be applied.

Adjust White Balance

You can adjust and update white balance on captured images wirelessly using your iOS device and Phase One IQ2-series system camera or when working tethered with other supported camera systems.

  1. Tap any thumbnail to view a full screen image.
  2. Press the eye-dropper icon in bottom toolbar of the Capture Pilot display on an iOS device. A circular sight with cross-hairs will appear on the screen.
  3. Drag and drop the sight on an area that you know should be white, or a neutral grey. The sight is active (and turns orange) when dragged.
  4. The correction is applied when your finger is lifted from the screen.

Note:

  • If streaming live view images from the Phase One IQ250, the white balance correction made in Capture Pilot is automatically updated on the camera prior to capture.

Geotagging with Capture Pilot app and IQ2-series camera

Introduction

Capture Pilot can append images with location data from an IOS device at the time of capture and even synchronize the data at regular intervals for convenience on location. Geotagging is performed wirelessly in the ad-hoc mode with Wi-Fi enabled Phase One IQ2 series system cameras. Only IQ2 series digital backs support geotagging with Capture Pilot.

There’s no need to be connected to Capture Pilot to tag files with location data. However, the app must be running in the background during capture and the option to tag files must be enabled on the IQ2-series back.

Enable access to location data

After installing the Capture Pilot app, a window will open asking you to grant access to location data. If access is granted, the geotagging feature will be enabled.

To enable or disable access location data

  1. Open the iOS device Settings app and select Capture Pilot from the list.
  2. Go to Allow Capture Pilot to Access in the menu to confirm access to the location data (even when running in the background).  A check mark will be displayed next to the Always option. To disable access, select Never.

Note: In iOS 8.1, this access may also be granted or declined directly from the Capture Pilot app settings page.

Geotagging during capture

  1. From the IQ2-series main menu, confirm or select WiFi > Settings > Capture Pilot > Capture Pilot Permissions> Geotag captures > On.
  2. Next, confirm or select Geotag CF card > On (also located under Capture Pilot Permissions), if not working tethered to a computer.
  3. Establish an ad-hoc connection between iOS device and Phase One IQ2 series digital back.
  4. Launch Capture Pilot and confirm geotagging is enabled (the compass needle icon, located top-right is colored orange when enabled). Images captured will be automatically tagged with location data.

Geotagging after capture

Capture Pilot can append images with location data from an iOS device and synchronize the data at regular intervals for convenience on location. Both the iOS device and IQ2-series back must be set to the same time (and time-zone) to achieve accurate results.

  1. From the IQ2-series main menu, select WiFi > Settings > Capture Pilot > Capture Pilot Permissions> Geotag captures > On. 
  2. Next, select Geotag CF card > On (also located under Capture Pilot Permissions), if not working tethered to a computer.
  3. Establish an ad-hoc connection between iOS device and Phase One IQ2 series digital back.
  4. Launch Capture Pilot and confirm geotagging is enabled (the compass needle icon, located top-right is colored orange). Be sure the Capture Pilot app is running in the background during capture.
  5. After shooting, connect the IQ2-series back wirelessly to the IOS device and Capture Pilot will append files on the CF card (if multiple cards have been used, insert cards into the camera in succession).
  6. A confirmation dialog will be displayed on the IQ2 back when it has finished tagging the files.


Note: The time on both devices should be set as accurately possible.

Adjust Polling interval

Capture Pilot logs location data every 60 seconds by default. This can be overridden if necessary.

  1. Launch the Settings app on the iOS device. 
  2. Select Capture Pilot > Geo Tagging > Location > Polling Interval and select the interval as required.

Tip: Use a longer interval if you’re not expected to change location to a great extent.

Temporarily disable/enable geotagging

Geotagging is enabled by default and operation can be confirmed when the compass needle icon (top-right) in Capture Pilot is colored orange.

To temporarily disable/enable the feature

  1. Open Capture Pilot app on your iOS device.
  2. To temporarily disable the feature, tap the icon (it will change color from orange to white). 
  3. Tap again to enable the feature.

Save battery power

Data logging may be turned off after a set period of time to conserve battery power of your iOS device.

  1. Open the iOS device Settings app and select Capture Pilot from the list.
  2. Confirm access to the location data is enabled (see above).
  3. Go to Geo Tagging in the menu and select Turn Geo Tagging Off and then chose the appropriate time period from the options (after an hour / 3 hours / 8 hours / at the end of the day).
  4. Select Capture Pilot in the settings (top) to return to the main menu and confirm the change.
  5. Open Capture Pilot app, and make sure the geotagging option is in operation (the compass needle icon located top-right in Capture Pilot is colored orange).


Battery power can also be saved when the application is inactive.

  1. Return to the iOS device Settings app.
  2. Go to Geo Tagging > Location > Save Battery in Background > On.

Note: When the application is inactive the reliability of the location data will be reduced.