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Entries from February 2009

Free Mac Nikon Control Beta

February 21st, 2009 · 5 Comments

Stefan Hafeneger , has built a Nikon specific camera control app for macs which is now beta and freely available.   He is using the Nikon SDK as well so should be able to implement much more Nikon specific controls than I am able to via WIA on Windows in my script.  

Apparently he is able to understand the SDK as well – which means not only can he program better than I but his English/Japanese parsing skill is much higher than mine as well and I salute him!

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for /f “tokens=*” %x in (‘dir /b *.nef’) do dcraw -e %x

February 20th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Sorry, being a total geek here.

If you are also a command line geek you will look at the above and go Ahhhh…

Otherwise, it means nothing and you can skip over this post.  🙂

For the rest of you — the above “converts” NEF files into JPG faster than anything you have ever seen before.

And is great for converting 250 NEF files you snapped of something totally unimportant that should have been shot in jpg and not raw.

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Speak German? Remote control your Nikon DSLR

February 18th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Visit if you can underderstand German to read about another WIA based remote control software, targetting Nikon specifically.

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Any ideas on how to DIY an equivalent to an SB-800?

February 10th, 2009 · 5 Comments

No?   Me neither.

I wish I did though as this past weekend I lost my SB-800!  I’ve been going around since then cursing my carelessness!  Arggg!!!

Lets just say that when leaping hurriedly into and out of a taxi in the dark while holding a toddler in one hand and a camera bag in the other hand it is wise to make sure that the bag is fully

 and securely


The little carrying case I had the flash in was also stuffed with little DIY items which I’ll have to remake such as the folding grid spot and the sticky IR filter as well as all the gels I’ll have to re-cut.

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A quick thanks

February 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment

A quick thank you from me to all of those of you who have blogged about, or posted in forums about, or told friends about this site and the Camera Control script.

It’s great to have your recommendation – even with caveats!

Please keep it up!   😉

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Bracketmeister: Hardware exposure bracketing from Joergen Geerds

February 4th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Here is a great invention by Joergen Geerds, a hardware based platform for doing exposure bracketing.  Just when I released a software approach targetted at Nikon cameras Joergen releases a hardware approach targetting Canon! 

Actually I suspect that both ways will work with both Canon and Nikon, but that is untested.  Where as I’m using USB and WIA and PTP to control the camera from Windows Joergen is using a microcontroller and a cable release to the camera which is in Bulb mode to do variable length exposures.

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How low can you go?

February 4th, 2009 · 5 Comments

What is the lowest spec PC/Laptop that Camera Control will work on? I don’t know — I have a Thinkpad X31 running XP SP2 and it is ok though you can see a little sloweness at times.

Would it work on lower end, either old machine or one of the new light netbooks? Let me know!

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DIYPhotobits.Com Camera Control 4.0 – Basic Bracketing

February 3rd, 2009 · 101 Comments

It is here, it is basic, but it works (somewhat) — Bracketing.  Once again I find myself either spending an hour I have available to work on the code, or publishing what I already have working, limited though it may be.

So here we have 4.0 – the Basic Bracketing version.


Expect bugs — that’s why the version is a .0 one!  However it should do you for some basic HDR or timelapse uses.


  • Only works in P, A or S modes as the bracketing is controlled by adjusting the exposure compensation. I’ll do M mode support later.

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