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DIYPhotobits.Com Camera Control 5.2 – The Hand Foot and Mouth Release

March 5th, 2010 · 84 Comments

Download it from the … Download page

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My old work isn’t that bad, but what about my new work

March 5th, 2010 · 4 Comments

I have a fever of 103 f and am supposed to be resting – that may or may not relate to this post.

Read this:

Makes me think because often recently I find that nothing I have been shooting has really come out very interesting, whereas I actually had more worthwhile pieces years ago.

Maybe part of that is just being busy this past year, with the new baby and work there isn’t much time for anything else.

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A rose by any other name is about d06880

March 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment

At least according to

Well worth taking a look to see how your colour names match the rest of the world!

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5.0 Tiger not working on Vista or Win7?

February 15th, 2010 · 15 Comments

If you find that the Camera Control 5.0 script is not working at all on Vista or Win7 it probably is because it is trying to properly set the jpg/raw status during camera initialization and that doesn’t always work properly on non-XP systems.

Because this messes up the whole script camera initialization other things stop working as well.  So try this beta version where I have turned off the error checking for that suspect line: Camera Control 5.1 beta

Please let me know in the comments if this helps, and if so I’ll release it in proper packaged format.

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DIYPhotobits Camera Control 5.0 – Tiger

February 12th, 2010 · 28 Comments

Happy Lunar New Year to those of you who celebrate it, and welcome to the Year of the Tiger release of DIYPhotobits Camera Control!

Download 5.0 here

DIYPhotobits Camera Control 5.0 – The Tiger Release – gets a new major version number (from 4 to 5) to reflect several important new enhancements, plus a “.0” to show that this is new stuff and not as well tested as I would have liked.

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How many shutter actuations can your dslr survive?

January 23rd, 2010 · 4 Comments

Not normally an important question this becomes relevant when you start doing time lapse, which means very large numbers of pictures taken.

Consider a 1 hour time lapse at one shot per 5 seconds, that’s 720 frames for the one hour.

Particularly I’m concerned about camera models which do not have time lapse built in, so the manufacturer had a different expectation of what the total number would be that you achieve.

The camera makers have their own estimates of the total shutter life of each camera, however a more interesting exercise is actually collecting data on this and that has been done here

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DIY White Seamless Background Howto Part 1 of 5

January 8th, 2010 · 10 Comments

This is the first part in a little series, which I expect to run to 5 parts, about my experience with doing a “white seamless background” look, with mostly DIY parts; and weaving in the use of tethering software.

  • Part one will discuss why I’m writing this, why you should read it, and why you might want to do it anyway.
  • Part two will be how I set up the physical environment with totally inadequate space and inappropriate materials; a too small room, off-white crumpled fabric, not quite white wooden boards and at least one bamboo lightstand.

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Well another day wasted..

January 3rd, 2010 · 6 Comments

Seems the spammer has finished his holiday and resumed spamming. And the clean up I did last time wasn’t good enough (I’m on the current version of WP).

So another day wasted doing clean up — and this time I’ve done a lot more WP hardening. Hopefully that’ll fix it and I can get back to some more productive things!

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Well it would have been a release day…

December 29th, 2009 · No Comments

If it were not for the spammer. I’ve got a new rev of Camera Control nearly ready to release but have spent all my “free” time today cleaning up.

Wrote this VBA code which helped a bit to clean up the posts table:

' Manipulating a text file with VBA
' Loops through text file and creates revised one
' This code requires a reference (Tools > References) to Microsoft Scripting Runtime
' based on a sample here:

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Sorry about the mess

December 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Hackers have been at my wordpress database and filled it with links, mostly hidden with a display:none style, to all kinds of spammy things. Very irritating as I’ll have to spend some time cleaning up. Unfortunately my sql-fu and my regex-fu are not really very powerful so this may take a while. Time I should be spending on something else!

Looks like I’m going to have to edit the posts table offline, so first thing is to use the delete revisions plugin to remove the unnecessary items in that table.

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