Working with the Eye-Fi and my Digital Camera
Yesterday, I blocked off two hours of uninterrupted time to work with the Eye-Fi card and my Nikon Digital Camera.
I read the two page "quick-start" manual that was in the box and decided it was quite simple looking, so first I returned to the Eye-Fi Web site and watched the little video. It explained how many file sharing sites were supported and how you can upload them and "get endless space". (This must mean it can delete them from the card when it gets full but you must be in a wi-fi area to do so. Not many cemeteries have wi-fi, I think.)
I quickly moved to the Support page and used the "Get Started" section to answer a series of questions and discovered the results of that created a printable 11 pages of "answers and directions". It included the directions for my iPhone and iPad. Worth the 11 pages of paper.
I left the card in the included reader and plugged it into a USB port on my desktop computer. The light glows on the front so you know it is connected.
You need your digital camera and the password for your home network setup and any username and password for the photo hosting site(s) you choose.
The installation process began. First it upgraded the firmware on the card. This can be tricky but it worked flawlessly. (upgrade from v5.0008 to 5. 0019). I took notes. I set my email and a special password. Next, I decided to have it uploaded to "My Computer" and enabled my Flickr photo hosting site to work with the card. It is going to place a folder for the photos in the "My Pictures" folder on my hard drive. (I am using Windows 7).
When the process was completed, I made sure I found that location so I can archive them after each session and delete them from my hard drive. This is why I only did four or five test images on the first day.
I recommend that you follow the two page "Get started" manual that was in the Eye-Fi box. Both Mac and Windows directions are included.
What I ended up with is shown on the screen above. It is called the Eye-Fi Center. The installation process asked me to take a photo with the eye-fi card in my camera. Since I didn't want to leave my office. I took this photo of my Dad's medals and quickly sat down to watch.
After a few seconds, the photo appeared in the Eye-Fi Center and under that a blue striped bar appeared. I opened my browser and looked at Flickr. Yup, that's what it is doing, uploading them as "private" images to my account. I checked my email and there was an email verification link from Eye-Fi which I clicked on to verify that I got it.
It was so easy! I left the card in my camera and went outside to take a couple photos. (photo 1 and photo 2) When I returned inside, they were already in the Eye-Fi Center and at Flickr because I was still in range of my wi-fi network as I walked into the house.
The images were tagged with my home location and the tag of Wi-Fi. I changed them from private to public so you could see them.
Moving on to the Flip-Pal....