Use your iPhone camera from your iPad

As of Wifibooth 4.5.0, you can use your iPhone’s camera on your iPad. Your iPhone has a much better camera than your iPad – better to use this than your iPad’s camera! You can mount your iPhone on your tripod with its rear-facing camera facing your guests, and have the iPad on a table nearby showing the guests the live-view video feed — this will help them know where to stand, in order to be in the photo.

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To connect your iPhone camera to your iPad, follow these instructions.

You’ll need:

To connect your iPhone & iPad:

  1. First, either connect both devices to the same wifi network, or have the iPad connect to your iPhone’s personal hotspot (this will also mean the iPad has internet access, which is necessary for live emails / uploads). Your iPad & iPhone will also find each other if wifi is on and is not connected to any network (on both devices).
  2. On your iPad, in Wifibooth, open the camera popup (near the top-left of the app), and select “Remote iPhone”
  3. On your iPhone, open BluePrint and touch “Share camera”
  4. Your iPad will find the iPhone and attempt to connect. Your iPhone will ask you for permission for the iPad to connect: grant it with “Always Allow”

That’s it!

On your iPhone, BluePrint offers you the following features:

  • Green Screen effect (replaces the background with a different background). Note that this is only supported on dual-camera devices at least as new as the iPhone 8 Plus, ie. iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max. To activate this feature, hit the “Select…” button to choose a new background image. Note: the green-screen effect will only be applied when a person’s face is detected in the frame, and the lighting is good
  • Video resolution: choose the resolution of the live-view feed being sent to your other device. This has no effect on the photos taken. If you experience issues with the live-view / video feed looking blocky or breaking up, then lower the resolution to 480.
  • Flash: choose whether the iPhone flash will fire when a photo is taken
  • Exposure controls: you can lock or unlock the exposure (so that the camera doesn’t change its brightness), and also apply an exposure compensation to make it brighter or darker
  • Save photos to camera roll: by default, all photos taken will be saved to the camera roll on your iPhone. If you don’t want this, set it to “No”.

To conserve your iPhone’s battery, BluePrint will detect when it hasn’t taken a photo in a while, and reduce the frame-rate of the live-video it is sending. As soon as another photo is asked to be taken, or you interact with Wifibooth’s camera controls on the other end, the frame-rate will be reset to its normal rate.

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