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Entries from January 2009

How long does battery last while doing tethered time lapse?

January 22nd, 2009 · 5 Comments

I thought that this was going to be a major limitation — the battery life of the camera — as while connected via USB the camera is constantly “on” and never goes into a sleep mode.

However while I was doing recent testing with the Nikon D40 time lapse I started with a full battery and took schedule shots every 5 seconds for about an hour, and at the end the battery still said 100% full.  Both via the camera icon, and via the battery meter in my script.

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Tags: Hardware

More time lapse – via a hardware DIY intervalometer

January 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Here is an alternative way to do a DIY intervalometer, using some hardware hacking.  

From comedyhunter of derbyphotos.co.uk.

Much better video than my clouds!

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Tags: Video

Technically Time Lapse on my D40 works

January 19th, 2009 · No Comments

But now I need to find something actually worth recording:

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Tags: Video

Made any time lapse videos?

January 16th, 2009 · 4 Comments

If you have made any time lapse vids using my script and they are publicly available (youtube, etc) I’d love it if you’d post a link!  I’ve still not done anything interesting with it — I have a few ideas but never the right time to sit there with camera and computer for several hours.  Sadly nothing worth seeing from where I live or work and even the sky has been cloudless for days so I can’t do the “clouds streaming across the sky” thing.

Anyway if you have had better luck, or better ideas, than me lets have a look!

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Tags: Blog

DIYPhotobits.com Camera Control 3.1 – Patience

January 15th, 2009 · 18 Comments

Here is a small update to the 3.0 version

.  Besides a bug fix it also allows delaying the start of a time lapse, which is why I call this the Patience release.

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Changes:

  • Allow click on preview image if path has a space
  • Maximum time lapse shots
  • Delay before starting time lapse

When doing a time lapse you now get these options:

Frequency (seconds)

>

   Shots each time  

   Total shots to take  

   Delay before starting  

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Tags: Software

White balance lens cap

January 10th, 2009 · 3 Comments

I had this idea about two days ago — make a lens cap out of the same material used for an ExpoDisc and you can leave it on all the time.

Turns out it has already been done.  [via dps]

Rather begs a DIY version though doesn’t it?  I have a cheap 3rd party extra lens cap (bought at great expense in Venice just down from the Rialto when I thought I’d lost my original Nikon cap), which I could merge with a Pringles can lid with or without a coffee filter.

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Tags: Images

Closing a crashed DIYPhotobits.com Camera Control

January 7th, 2009 · 8 Comments

If you find that DIYPhotobits.com Camera Control crashes — then you may be suprised to find it does not appear in the Windows Task manager, so you can’t end the task as you might another application.

Well actually you can — but you need to know that it is actually an “HTA” which is a type of Internet Explorer script.  So to kill it you need to terminate a process called MSHTA.EXE which is the container for these scripts.

So press Alt-Ctrl-Del (or Windows-K) to bring up the Windows Task manager, click on the Processes tab, then find and click on mshta.exe.  You may then end click the End Process button.

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Tags: Software

Demo video for new features in Camera Control 3.0

January 2nd, 2009 · 14 Comments

Ok here is a quick video demoing both the features not covered in my last video — and also the new features in 3.0 including Time Lapse.

To read the text in the video, click through to youtube and use the “watch in high quality” option.

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Tags: Video

DIYPhotobits.com Camera Control 3.0 – Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2009 · 18 Comments

I’m please to be able to say that you can now download

the latest release of DIYPhotobits.com Camera Control.   This is release 3.0 – the Happy New Year! release.

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Upgrading to this version will get you:

  • Time Lapse!  

Yes,  at last, I’ve implemented — admittedly very very basic and boring — but still functional — time lapse.  If you have a D300 or other camera with time lapse built in then this is boring, but for those of you with D40 and similiar then this gets you what you need to do all those fun time lapse videos.

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Tags: Software