The CamRanger is a photography gadget that makes life easier for almost every photography genre.
- Shoot macro with focus stacking? Set up how many photos and how much of a focus change you want. Hit go, and go get coffee.
- Shoot landscapes? It’ll help you bracket for HDR.
- Shoot wildlife? In bad weather? Use your phone/ipad as a remote with a live preview of the shot. No need to scare the birds, or even get out of the car.
- Time lapse and night shoots? Set it up, and go have coffee.
- Portrait tethered shooting to Mac or Windows? Yes.
- Nikon or Cannon? Yes to both.
- iPhone or Android? Yes to both.
- Need to create an internal-only wi-fi network between devices? Yep.
- Need small? Weight: 4 oz, Dimensions: 4″ x 2 1/2″ x 5/8″
On my last trip to Photoshop World I tried one of these out and ended up buying one that week. It really is a great multi-tool that doesn’t take up a lot of space/weight in your bag. I’ve used it for several projects over the past several months.
These are the biggest limitations:
- Cost – Around $300 US dollars + a device to use as a remote screen (phone, iPad, computer)
- If you’re looking for a simple remote, there are cheaper options.
- Battery Life: Short.
- If you’re going to be shooting for more than a couple hours at a time, you’ll need an extra battery. I’ve taken it out fully charged and gotten less than 2 hours of hard use. This is by far the biggest downside. It does charge via USB, like your phone, so you can use phone chargers as a spare battery.
I’ve made a couple video tutorials for using the CamRanger and listed them below. These describe taking several macro images and then focus stacking them in Photoshop to get one fully-focused shot. The ice image featured in this post was made using the same method.
How it works in with the camera: https://youtu.be/_meiOpyVjfw
How to use what you get in Photoshop: https://youtu.be/OTnIXlEgaNE