Lightroom: Support wireless tethered shooting

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I would like to get rid of USB-cables in tethered shootings, but still use Lightroom's automatic naming routines, that are available in the settings for tethered shoots.

Here is why...

I work in e-commerce in a large photo studio with almost 20 photographers shooting simultaneously. We forward our images to our picture post production, but the actual products move on to a different department. Therefore, we need to make sure, that all images can be associated with the correct product. We do this by scanning the unique product code with a barcode scanner and ask Lightroom to create a folder for the images of every single item, name the folder using the scanned text and include this text in the file names.

I know, that Lightroom can import new files automatically from a "watched" folder, but I need to build my folder structure as described above. I guess, that we will need some additional hardware (eyefi-cards?) to enable wireless file transfer in the first place, but will Lightroom be able to operate with all the required features?

One more thing... we shoot RAW, so there is quite a bit of data to transfer. :-)

I would love to hear your advice. I would also be interested in speaking to an Adobe Lightroom expert in Berlin, Germany. If you know anyone, please let me know!

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Torsten Roman

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Tom Mickow

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Perhaps others have had better experiences, but in my humble opinion, wireless is great for convenience, but is too slow and finicky to use for more than quick jpeg previews, transfer to mobile devices, etc.  Cables may be messy, but they're fast & reliable, which makes them the clear winner for me for high volume and/or transferring large raw files.

You might want to try one wireless setup to see how it performs before even worrying about how you'd process everything in Lr.  Everybody's needs are different, but my suspicion is that you won't be happy with the speed.

Lastly, here are a couple other options you may want to look at in addition to eyefi-type cards - 
Tether Tools Case Air Wireless Tethering System
CamRanger Wireless Camera Control & Tethering System
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Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist

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Do you require Lightroom to analyze and read the barcode image, and then organize and name the photos in respective folders? It seems to me that you could have eye-fi transfers the photos onto a centralized server location, then you can build your own custom script/program to sort/move/rename the source photos into a folder structure that you desires, and then finally move the folder tree where Lightroom's Auto Import is watching. This way you have the full control of your custom process and let Lr does what it does best.
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Torsten Roman

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Hi Simon,
I really like your approach, and I had written a few points of scepticism which just got deleted... I'll think about it and try to create a test situation. Sounds very interesting the more I think about it. :-)
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If you are Mac, there is a program called Hazel that is good for moving files into an Auto-Import friendly folder.