SnapBridge

A free app for Nikon remote photography

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, here are a few notes (personal observations that is) on Nikon‘s SnapBridge app. Again, this is in particular for Nikon photographers, but hopefully for others, too.

SnapBridge app.
SnapBridge app for remote Nikon camera accessing.

SnapBridge is a FREE app that allows Nikon shooters to remotely access their cameras. This comes in handy when photographing self-portraits or in any other situations that require photographers NOT to be behind their cameras.

At first sight, SnapBridge is pretty easy to use: the app is easy to find, download, and install. But then, it’s not always that easy breezy.

Here are a few notes on how to set everything up:

Make sure you have enough storage space on your smartphone or mobile device (iPhone, iPad, etc.) to download and install SnapBridge.

SnapBridge app for remote Nikon camera accessing.
SnapBridge app for remote Nikon camera accessing.

On your camera:

Choose Connect to Smart Device.

You have two (2) choices: Bluetooth & WiFi.

For now, let’s consider connecting via WiFi, so, choose WiFi and follow the steps: Establish WiFi connection and notice the WiFi network info provided.

On your mobile device:

Open SnapBridge

You have two (2) choices: Download Pictures & Remote Photography.

Choose Remote Photography; follow the steps and choose the Nikon WiFi network from your list (again, you’ll be provided with a network name and password) as WiFi connection on your mobile device.

NOTE: You might get error messages and failed attempts, hence, you might have to go through these steps several times!

Once you are connected, your camera displays that it is connected. Also, with your app open on your smartphone you can see whatever the camera sees. No matter how you move your smartphone, as long as you do not move the camera, the smartphone will display whatever the camera sees.

Note: when capturing self portraits, if you look at the smartphone and not at the camera, you will not be able to see the expression on your face, because you’re looking down; be aware of that when trying to practice poses and the like!

Note: if you get out of the app or turn off the camera, etc. your connection will be lost and you will have to re-establish it; basically, you’ll have to start setting up camera and smartphone/app all over again!

Example: here’s a bts look

I focused the camera on this subject, and then remotely accessed the camera via SnapBridge. Here’s a snapshot of the subject, as seen on the smartphone screen:

Subject/scene view via SnapBridge on the iPhone screen. bts: SnapBridge allows remote photography and videography (see top left corner); camera settings adjustment (bottom) with just a tap; and preview of previous image (bottom right corner). Note: make sure that your camera is placed on a straight surface, if not (as in this example); also, this image is for example purposes only.

SnapBridge Pros:

  • once you get it to work, it does work…until you lose network connection for whatever reason
  • you can adjust camera settings remotely, from the smartphone, via the SnapBridge app
  • you can focus on the subject by tapping on the smartphone screen, via SnapBridge
  • note: WiFi connection has worked for me; Bluetooth, not so much, but I’ll give Bluetooth another try, at some point in time, and update my notes

SnapBridge Cons:

  • it takes a lot of practice and patience
  • it loses connection pretty easily and once network connection is lost, you have to start all over again
  • for self-portraits, you cannot really see/adjust your facial expression, since you’re not looking at the camera but down, at the phone screen….
  • need to be aware of a lot of things in the same time, but really a con, but it adds up to all the other tasks and things you have to do and remember
  • note: this might not be a con, but, it’s good to remember that when capturing remote images using SnapBridge, the images are saved on the mobile device and camera; now, that’s not a bad thing, unless you’re like me and already struggling with storage space on the iPhone (or any mobile device);

Conclusion:

SnapBridge is not a snap. Not really.

That said, is it worth giving it a try? Yes, absolutely! …But it’s not as helpful as I hoped it would be when using it to capture self-portraits.

Also, a more reliable, stable camera/smartphone connectivity would be great!

I hope that this gives you a brief idea about SnapBridge–dos and don’ts, pros and cons. You might want to give it a try…or not. If you have any questions or notes, please feel free to leave a comment.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald

4 thoughts on “SnapBridge

  1. I’ve tried SnapBridge but to be honest, i don’t used it afterwards. Maybe good for studio work but to much fuzz in the field. Ny the way, better use it on a tablet than on a smartphone, it offers you a much bigger screen.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and advice! Using on a tablet does make sense! Great idea, and much appreciate it! In terms of using it on location, I haven’t been that brave just yet, lol! I’ve seen and heard of photographers using it (SnapBridge) on location, though. I don’t know, but I’d agree with you. Even in a very controlled environment such as a home studio, it is VERY time-consuming and it takes, well, it took me two sessions and several tries to get it to work. Once it works, it’s pretty neat, not as stable (the connection) as I’d like it to be, but nice. I do think it’s worth the try, but start small and go from there. At least, from what I’ve experienced so far. Thanks again, appreciate it!

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