Objects of Desire: ShutterSnitch

July 1, 2010
By Dan Havlik

Objects Shutter Snitch

If you bought one of those snazzy iPads like we told you to in the May issue, ShutterSnitch is the "must-have" photography app for Apple's tablet computer. ShutterSnitch works with wireless Eye-Fi memory cards, or Canon, Nikon and other file transmitters to zap images from the camera directly to the iPad's 9.7-inch screen.

ShutterSnitch ($7.99) operates like an FTP server within a Wi-Fi network, letting you beam the images and then review them, allowing for pinch and enlarge on the display to get in close and inspect your shots. This is a great way to browse images with your model or client on the iPad's gorgeous, back-lit LCD (1024 x 768 resolution) screen rather than your digital SLR's dinky display.

You can program the app to give you warnings on the iPad if shots don't meet specific criteria, such as when shutter speed is too slow or ISO is beyond a certain level. ShutterSnitch will also give you a full-color histogram for your shots on the iPad's screen. You can then create collections of images from shoots or e-mail individual photos via the iPad's browser.

Though you can send RAW files with the app to the iPad, they can't be displayed on the screen. According to some posts we've read on the developer's ShutterSnitch users' forum (http://2ndnature.thebrew.dk/shuttersnitch/forums) there have been reports of some bugs but more of these are being ironed out with each update. The current version, as we went to press, was ShutterSnitch 1.1.2.

Cost: $7.99

Further information: http://2ndnature.thebrew.dk/shuttersnitch

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