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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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Why is there no Bluetooth on DSLRs?

December 1st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Bluetooth in cameras. – the benefits many and all very useful.

It’s a good point isn’t it? It would open up so many possibilities.

Or is it because the camera makers want to sell expensive WiFi solutions for wireless remote access?

RAW files over a bluetooth connection are not going to be fun though.

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You know what a Justin Clamp is, right?

October 8th, 2008 · No Comments

If you follow any of the small light shooters or “strobism” in general as I do then you’ll have come across the “Justin Clamp” quite a few times in passing.  If not, then lets just say it is an ugly beast that provides several useful ways to attach something to something else — typically a hotshoe flash to a pole, shelf, tripod leg or probably someone’s nose if they stay still long enough.

Supposedly it was invented by Justin Stailey (formerly of Bogen, now of Leica USA per Drew Gardner)  to satisfy the need of one particular photographer, but anyone can buy one if you are prepared to part with the cash.

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Tags: Hardware

DIY Bamboo Light Stand

September 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Why a bamboo light stand?  Well if you are a reader of Strobist

then you know that lightstands are very handy — if not read here first.  Of course a factory built one is simple and probably the best option

, but it isn’t exactly cheap.  Particularly if you want more than one — and you will, you’ll want several.  There’s your main light, then fill, then hair and rim lights, and what about some reflectors and…  you get the picture.  Just try not to over-do the whole speedlight thing, heh?

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D300 – Tethered as well

June 12th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Well I’ve been a bit busy the last week and a bit, and what little “photo time” I have has been occupied with playing with my new toy the Nikon D300.  It was a gift to me and I’m really appreciating it very much.  It is a lot of camera when compared with my D40 and I really now understand what I read before about for people upgrading D40 -> D300.  Because it is a “class well above your current camera” you will need to “step up your game photographically if you want to get the benefits of those extra pixels. And there’s an enormous amount of controls to master to do that

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