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Hardware timelapse IR for Nikon

October 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Check out Whiternoise over at Hexus.net who has this great post about building a hardware timelapse device using programable chips.  He has posted circuit diagrams and great shots of the plastic breadboard set-up.

Looks like a real fun project if you like that type of DIY – the electronics with wires and solder type – and if your Nikon DSLR is one with an IR receiver for a remote; e.g. works with a ML-3.

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Iphone Nikon remote control

September 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

I’m glad to see more and more things that make my Camera Control script obsolete! See this Iphone Nikon remote control application.

Now you can get full control of your Nikon (not just PTP things but full SDK control including liveview) via an iphone or itouch. It’s only $20 too so very reasonable – there is a “lite” version for $2 also.

Downside is that it isn’t really the iphone controlling the DSLR, actually the iPhone talks to software on your PC (via what they call “server” software) and the PC talks to the DSLR so you do need a PC (windows or apple) meaning this is not quite the lightweight solution it appears at first glance.

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Big update to Free Mac Nikon Tethered solution

May 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I blogged about Stefan Hafenege before, he has developed a new version of his free tethering program.  It’s specific to Mac and to particular Nikon DSLR models, but if that’s your combination then it looks like a great solution.

Read his description of the new version which is called Sofortbild on his blog, and download it from the Sofortbild Website.

Once again, well done to Stefan!

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Free Mac Nikon Control Beta

February 21st, 2009 · 4 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!

[via dptnt]

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Speak German? Remote control your Nikon DSLR

February 18th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Visit http://www.photoremote.de if you can underderstand German to read about another WIA based remote control software, targetting Nikon specifically.

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DIYPhotobits.Com Camera Control 4.0 – Basic Bracketing

February 3rd, 2009 · 99 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.

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

Update:

  • 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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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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Want Voice Activated Shutter Release for a Nikon?

December 28th, 2008 · No Comments

The software you need is:

  1. Microsoft Speech SDK 5.1
  2. DIYPhotobits.com Camera Control 2.1

Then to get voice activated shutter release:

  1. Install both.
  2. Turn on the Language Bar (in control panel, regional and language, languages, details, language bar)
  3. (Optional) Train Microsoft Voice recognition (in control panel, speech)
  4. Turn on the microphone (click the mic icon in the language bar)
  5. Run DIYPhotobits.com Camera Control 2.1
  6. Say “Voice command”
  7. (optional) Say “What can I say” then scroll down to the bottom of the list where it says “Menus and Buttons” and expand that list, ensure that “Shutter release” is one of the listed commands

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Demo Video for DIYPhotobits.com Camera Control 2.1

December 18th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I thought it was well past time that I did some more explanation of how to use the new features in DIYPhotobits.com Camera Control 2.1.

Turns out my video skills need a bit of work though as I ended up putting together a 10 minute video, the YouTube limit, and only covered half the features. Still, I hope this is helpful both to see what sort of thing the script is useful for — in this case I’m covering self-portrait balancing flash vs ambient ala Strobist.

 

(Click through and view the high quality version if you want to read the text!)

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What works and doesn’t work

December 10th, 2008 · 238 Comments

This is a summary of what Nikon DSLR models have been seen working, or not working, with the script.

DIYPhotobits Camera Control 2.1 – Greens (updated with feedback upto 5.2)
XP Vista / Win7
D300 Yes
Yes
Yes
D40 Yes Yes (vista home, raw works)Yes (vista, raw ok)
D80 Yes No
Yes
D50 No
Yes
YesYes
D200 / Fuji S5 Almost
YesYes
YesYes
PartialYes, Win7, jpg only
D60 Yes Yes
D70 / 70s – yes Yes Yes (win7 32bit) but no mode changeYes (vista)

Yes (vista, jpg only)

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