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Suggestion for meetup talk?

A former member
Post #: 19
Hi All,

I know next to nothing about the software available that can control cameras. At the August meeting several members mentioned phone based and tablet based apps for this purpose. I have seen Helicon Focus on Android and DigiCamControl on Windows. They seem like a fun way to shoot (in certain circumstances). Also, it might be a way live photographic techniques can be presented in our meetings by routing camera output to the projector.

Would this be of general interest? Secondly, does anyone have experience using this type of software?
Ryan E.
user 23023011
Madison, WI
Post #: 74
I also don't really know much about these controls. I have been old school I guess where I click the shutter. I do know many of the new DSLR's can have a cheap adapter plugged into them which then allows one to remotely trigger the camera via their smart phone & maybe other ways.

Hopefully the other orgs can chime in with their thoughts on the meeting presentation part since I have a hard time making the monthly meetings with my schedule. Interesting idea.
Brian S
Madison, WI
Post #: 273
If software controls the camera, doesn't that take the fun out of it? What's left for the photographer to do, just position the camera?
user 4392954
Madison, WI
Post #: 64
Actually, what you may be referring to is shooting tethered....
The reason would be to get immediate feedback on camera settings, white balance, etc.
You connect your computer to the camera using an USB cable. You can control the shutter from the computer and other settings. When the camera takes the picture it shows in the computer hence the immediate feedback.
It is most frequently use in studios.
Adobe Lightroom and Capture One Pro are two of the software programs I know that you can use.
here is Lightroom 5 http://www.lightroomf...­
in youtube­
in Capture One 7­­­
More on Phones­

Cheers, Alfredo
A former member
Post #: 20
Indeed, tethered shooting is what I was referring to.
Ryan E.
user 23023011
Madison, WI
Post #: 75
Oh I misunderstood. Yes, tethered has its benefits. I have used it only a little in lightroom just to try it but have no real need for it yet. I think the biggest benefit is the larger screen to see the image. I'm not sure how effective it would be in gauging correct WB unless the monitor itself is properly calibrated with calibration software. If you are shooting onsite with a client this is when it comes in handy to share immediately with them.
user 4392954
Madison, WI
Post #: 65
If all you want to do is trigger the shutter on your camera from afar then you can use a couple of Pocketwizards to do it. http://www.pocketwiza...­
There are many more brands. This is, probably, the most popular brand, etc.­
Madison, WI
Post #: 77
I'm aware of the fact that I can do tethered shooting via Lightroom. I've never tried it. I feel it is more appropriate for studio shooting; the larger screen can be a huge asset for verifying focus. I do most of my shooting outdoors. I sure wouldn't want to take all my camera gear, plus a laptop, plus an adapter to use both the laptop and the camera on a tripod to a place such as Pewits Nest.
The techniques I've done presentations on wouldn't lend themselves to an indoor presentaon.
A former member
Post #: 21
Part of my interest in tethered shooting is for the meetups themselves...

So that all camera settings and resulting pictures could be visible to the room via projector as they happen.
Ryan E.
user 23023011
Madison, WI
Post #: 76
I see Perry's point & agree. I think it may be more geared to a "camera basics" or "how to" meeting, but great for instant results for many to see. For example, showing any of the affects of aperture, shutter speed & ISO.
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