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About DIYPhotoBits

As an enthusastic but quite limited beginner photographer with a very geeky background I often find myself distracted by the technical bits and pieces as much as the art.  And while I struggle to avoid becoming too wrapped up in the technology I have to recognise that, at the moment at least, I’m a lot better at technology than I am at art.


With that in mind I’ve been meaning to put together some web pages with a few of my ideas and things which I’ve made myself – in true strobist style – in order to let other people make use of them, should they see fit.

So here it is!  Not much yet, but at least it is one place to put things as they come up.  Firstly I’ll be going through some of the things I’ve already done and documenting them for your entertainment.


46 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nick O'Donnell // Aug 5, 2008 at 3:03 am

    Great Idea! I’m a fellow blogger and Strobist fan, and I was wondering if you would know how to make a script or progam that would download and open an image in photoshop automatically? Or any program for that matter – Im trying to do something for a community fundraiser. Contact me Id love to talk more about it! Thanks! Nick

  • 2 raymond // Aug 27, 2008 at 2:10 am

    Nick, seems like the tethered-to-bridge script would do what you need. Or do you actually need it open in an editor rather than a viewer?

  • 3 Larry // Dec 19, 2008 at 1:18 am

    I installed Camera Control on a Win XP Sp2 computer. When I click on the icon to open the program, I do not get a GUI. Instead, I get is a notepad file with computer command language. What am I doing wrong!



  • 4 Andras // Dec 24, 2008 at 4:28 am


    I am very interested about this “project”. I just bought a D60, downloaded the NCCP from Nikon on my Vista machine(s), and it does NOT work. Cannot recognize that the camera is plugged in (via USB).

    I downloaded your application, and it works sort of, most of the time. Sometimes, looks like it got lost, since nothing happens, the picture does not show up and all the buttons are inoperable.

    Probably I have to experiment longer.

    Back to my interest. I am looking for to programatically trigger the camera. I have a VB program which works with webcams and it capture a picture when certain conditions are true. I would like to use your script for the capture and shutter release.

    Any idea/hint/help you can offer?



  • 5 raymond // Dec 28, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Andras, that’s interesting my script works (at least a bit) while CCPro has trouble! Vista seems to be very troublesome for all software (not just mine, and not just Nikon’s). As mine is a script please do look at the code to get inspiration, as it is in VBScript the code is easily ported to VB.

  • 6 thomas p woodwaed // Jan 29, 2009 at 1:43 am

    thank you used camera control with lightroom works great! winxp- also it took some time to for me at least to put the right info in to lightroom’s set up- simple

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  • 8 Fraser Howard // Feb 18, 2009 at 6:02 am

    Dude, your Nikon camera control script is a blessing! I ran it with lightroom 1.4 and had great results on a fast toshiba vista laptop for the 1st time today.
    I will be telling everyone I know.
    I look forward to seeing your photos – please let me know.

  • 9 Laszlo // Feb 24, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Great job.
    Thanks a lot.
    I downloaded Camera Control Pro2 from Nikon but it does not do bracketing on Nikon D40.

  • 10 Tracy Groller // Apr 18, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    This is an excellent work of coding ,
    and something that should give out with their products .

    I have a Nikon D40 and an Acer Aspire laptop running Vista and it works like a charm .

    But I wanted code to go a little further and not only be able to see the preview but to open each image in Photoshop . So after some digging around I’ve made the changes and now have a working version importing into photoshop after each shutter press .

    Please email me if you would like the updated code


  • 11 Jan // May 9, 2009 at 7:29 pm


    Everyone seems to be asking questions together with their “thanks”, I just want to thank you for your time and an excellent product. Of course it is in development but you’re getting there and keep it up!


  • 12 Stefan // Jun 9, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Like this camera control app allot, only feature I missing is the possibility to control an external relay via USB.

    A such feature would be perfect to be able to turn a lamp on and off with during time elapsed photography!

    Regards/ Stefan at

  • 13 Todd Miles // Aug 6, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Do you know if there are any plans to add a histogram to the preview window? That would be a great feature. Thanks for a great package.

  • 14 Francis // Oct 21, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I am interested in this similar type of programming. I would like to be able to work with my camera, but I don’t know what language to use or even where to start. Do you have any info that could help me get started?

  • 15 Matt // Nov 1, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    HELP! The program is working perfectly except for the “push photo to program” feature. The program is opening the photo folder and selecting the right photo, it’s just not opening. I’m using this program for a photo booth at my wedding and I need help. Thanks!! Matt

  • 16 raymond // Nov 2, 2009 at 7:15 am

    You are using the XP photo folder? If so try setting it to “filmstrip” mode in the “view” menu to see the selected image as large as possible.

  • 17 Matt // Nov 2, 2009 at 11:16 pm


    Thank you so much for responding so quickly. That did the trick – but is there a better way to push it to either: windows picture viewer/manager or quicktime picture viewer? I know a little bit about VB not sure if that will help me or not 🙂 again, thanks so much for doing this for free – very much appreciated and you pretty much single handedly saved my wedding photo booth 🙂

  • 18 raymond // Nov 3, 2009 at 2:47 am

    Matt, I’ve thought of a number of ways of doing this but never actually coded any one (it’s hard with this type of inter-process stuff to know what is going to work and what will mysteriously fail, or worse yet, work fine on some PCs but not on others for no apparent reason).

    Main candidate is having the script do a for a chrome-less full screen window and show the previews in that instead, which would be fine for jpg but not raw unless I bring in a raw converter. Another good option that opens up lots of possibilities would be to spawn a user-defined process for each image downloaded. So that could be as simple as a call to a picture viewer or as complex as a PS action in a droplet.

    How soon is the happy day? 🙂

  • 19 Matt // Nov 3, 2009 at 1:01 pm


    Thanks again so much for the tips – I’ll play around with it but there’s not much time. For now the filmstrip is doing the job.

    The big day is Friday and the photobooth is a small last minute idea that’s turned into a pretty big project 🙂

    Thanks again!

  • 20 raymond // Nov 5, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Well congratulations for Friday, and I am sure this is too late to be adding new code! 🙂 Use what is working now, there are bound to be more important things to occupy you between now and then!

  • 21 Joe // Nov 22, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    I am very interested in the use of the software for my company. Please email me so we can discuss what sort of changes would make this happen.

  • 22 raymond // Nov 23, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Joe, this really isn’t suitable for professional use. I’m sure if you are a pro studio you would be better of with Nikon CameraControl Pro.

  • 23 Paul // Feb 22, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Tracy Groller
    I would love to have that code.
    cant find how to contact you,can any one help with this?

  • 24 raymond // Feb 23, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Paul, what Tracy had to do with modifying the code in a previous version is now not needed as in version 5 you can specify a “post processing” command; if you put in the path to photoshop.exe there then you’ll get the same result.

  • 25 Paul // Feb 23, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Thank you Raymond
    Do i have to change any settings on camera or laptop or does this just run auto play? i tried a different version and when i connect camera it still reads “connecting to pc” thanks again for your help.

  • 26 Paul // Feb 23, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Raymond thanks for you help its working fantastically,having vista can sometimes be a bit of a pain but not this time with your help.
    i just love it, very inpressive bit of kit, hats off to you.
    Best regards Paul 🙂

  • 27 henry // Jun 25, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Does this software work on mac computers? While it is working on a Windows based system with my D200 and D700 I was wondering whether it works on a different OS as I will be getting a macbook pro next week.

  • 28 karauke // Dec 23, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Hi there,

    I saw this video: that uses your software, so I downloaded it. I keep getting this file:///C:/Program%20Files%20(x86)/ script error message though.

    Please, please can you help me? The moon is gorgeous here, so I’d love to use your software!


  • 29 Al // Mar 29, 2011 at 4:30 am

    i get the same error as KARAUKE…using win7
    any help?

    Software does not seem to work

  • 30 GAYLE33Pate // Dec 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm

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  • 31 Helmut // Feb 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    is there a version for the (old) Windows 2000

  • 32 Devora Wise // Mar 12, 2012 at 2:23 am

    You just changed my life too!! and it works like a dream, first try, with a Nikon D5100 and Windows 7
    THANK YOU!!!!!

  • 33 Erwin // May 3, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Is there a command-line access for the script? I’m looking mainly to snap a photo and download…

  • 34 Serge Lauzon // Jul 4, 2012 at 2:48 am

    ce programme fonctionne tres bien avec le nikon D5100 merci

  • 35 Tom Low // Aug 17, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Works fine with Vista X64 and Nikon D3000. Shutter release, Time Lapse, and Tether all work fine.

    I also can interact with settings on the camera body while connected to the PC (e.g., set RELEASE MODE to “Quick Response Remote” which allows me to change Shutter, Aperture, Exposure, etc via DIYPhotoBits and then use an IR remote triggered by a separate computer (e.g., an Arduino reading a sensor to close the switch on the IR remote and fire the shutter).

    This thing you have provided us is simply GREAT! Thanks very much for your generous gift!

  • 36 Jacob // Oct 23, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Just reporting success on the D5100 on Windows 7 64bit. Very nice work!

  • 37 slcpa // Feb 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Works fine with Nikon D40 and Windows 7 64bit/Professional. Easy set up. If USB cable gets unplugged from the camera: press ‘Stop Tether’ and then ‘Select Camera’ to re-establish connection.

  • 38 Joe Cheng // May 23, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Having read thr’ this website, I can’t help feeling that your software (of latest version, ie, 5.2) is great. Unfortunately, it only works with Nikon gears. I shoot Canon gears (particularly full frame cameras like 1Ds2, 5D3 or 1DX); and I was wondering if a similar software would/could be devised for Canon shooters.
    Thank you.

  • 39 John // Sep 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I tried to install/run zip when I double clicked my computer started flashing parts of the Windows Explorer screen and I had to restart to stop it. whats the Prob.? using vista.

  • 40 Ross Mapson // Mar 28, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I notice that when I try to install the program in Windows 7, 64 bit OS, it will not install. However, it works good with Windows 7, 32 bit OS. It would be nice to have a Windows 7, 64 bit OS version.

  • 41 Corey Borders // Sep 22, 2014 at 3:55 am

    Hello, do you have or know of anything comparable that will work with Mac?

    I have a Nikon D3200 and I’m trying to get into time-lapse photography, but, apparently, the entry-level camera I have doesn’t natively support it.

  • 42 Gary // Mar 14, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Thanks for the Camera Control software. I downloaded it to use on my Lenovo running Win8 and my Nikon 7100. Shutter function works fine and your software reads my camera settings, but the images don’t pop-up after the exposure is made. Sometimes an error message comes up, but it’s a long one! Thought you might want to know. Thanks again! Gary

  • 43 chris // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Have downloaded your software but do not have usb
    option in my menu .I am using a Nikon d3200
    Hope you can help
    Regards chris k

  • 44 Lovessa Stephanie Boehm // May 26, 2016 at 1:05 pm


    I came across your site ( and I’d like to find out about the possibility of purchasing some advertising space.

    Please let me know if this is something you’re interested in and we can discuss things a little further.

    Thanks for your time.


  • 45 raymond // May 27, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I haven’t considered that, but I suppose it would be ok if the item you are advertising is of interest to the readers. Please let me know – you can mention you product, for free, here anyway! 🙂


  • 46 richard moran // Jun 9, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Which version will work on Canon EOS 5D-III bodies?



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