July 30th, 2008

dying open

Tethered Shooting (With Nikon Camera Control Pro2)

Shooting tethered has become the biggest blessing in disguise I've ever run into. Nikon Camera Control2 is an amazing piece of software. No more memory card being used; straight to the laptop or desktop, no waiting. Instantaneous image viewing and previewing; no more need to simply trust the small LCD screen on the back of the camera that can hide flaws.

I had long wanted to use Camera Control Pro2, but was waiting until I had a laptop, the goal being mobile tethered shooting and convenient shooting in-studio. Now that I've begun experimenting with it, though, I wish I'd been using it with my desktop all along. It helps perfect the craft of portrait photography in ways that I'd have never thought of.

I am now motivated more than ever to get a studio lighting setup. I'm hitting the books again, digging for gold and 'seeking out treasures no one has been to'.

Viva la Long live Nippon Kokagu!!!

In other news, I think Welcome To Oz is the best book I've ever read on any subject within the scope of non-fiction/instruction arena. This guy is a great teacher, and it's deeper than just an image editing tour de force.

'I eagerly await new concepts and processes. I believe that the electronic image will be the next major advance. Such systems will have their own inherent and inescapable structural characteristics, and the artist and functional practitioner will again strive to comprehend and control them.'

- Ansel Adams

'The chief enemy of creativity is good sense'

- Pablo Picasso