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Tethered shooting

Hi all,

Been reading up on 'tethered shooting' (connecting the camera direct to a laptop when shooting photos), and wondered if anyone knows any good software i could buy to view the images directly? I also like the idea that when i'm shooting at home, i can use the laptops hard drive and save my SD card. This is partially due to my SD card being just that.. a standard SD card. Can't afford a SDHC professional media card yet as the one i've seen is around £40, and as experienced, it seems to take aaaaages to write to the card before i can take another shot.

 Any help or ideas are greatly appreciated

 

Thanks

Ste

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Date Thu, 12/01/2012 - 13:44
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Most cameras that I've seen that support tethered shooting are DSLRs from Nikon and Canon.

They use manufacturers own proprietry  programs to interface with the cameras capable of such work such as

Nikon's Camera control Pro 2

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/software/control_pro2/

There is other freeware out there for these cameras but with a warning that you do so at your own risk.

I am not aware of any software for Fuji cameras that will allow you to do this.

 

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Date Thu, 12/01/2012 - 14:02
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I have to agree with Ray.  Canon I believe actually included the tethering software with at least some of their DSLR's, Nikon does not or at least did not last time I checked. You had to buy the Nikon software separately.

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Date Thu, 12/01/2012 - 14:22
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An indirekt way could be something like a wireless SD card

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AD0TGQ/?tag=amazon-digital-cameras-20

I don't know hw this works and if it would fulfill your needs but perhaps this could be a strange sideway.

Google Eye-Fi youtube and you will get several short films about it

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Date Thu, 12/01/2012 - 14:29
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One addition: please, when you put in a technical or software question - just write which camera you use and which computer system and OS! It helps everybody else to help you Smile

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Date Thu, 12/01/2012 - 14:41
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Hi,
If you look at somewhere like -

www.7dayshop.com

they have SDHC cards at reasonable prices, from reputable manufactures. For example - 
Kingston Secure Digital (SDHC) Memory Card - 4GB - Class 4 - TWIN PACK - £8.49 
or


Sandisk Secure Digital (SDHC) Memory Card - 4GB
 - 1x£5.39 - 2X£4.99

and they are a reputable maker. 
Proably a cheaper , better and easier option than trying to go for tethered shooting. 

 

 

 

Regards,  Mike
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Date Thu, 12/01/2012 - 14:50
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Thanks guys and ladies.

 Was curious as it would save me time in the long run. And appologies for not posting the camera model. It's neither Nikon or Canon but was thinking about a universal programme for any model as i know i can do it with my Blackberry phone. Guess i will have to avoid the shortcuts and work as hard as everyone else. Just tinkering with photoshop and lightroom and would have been great to import them direct instead of from the SD card attachment.

 Again, thankyou for taking the time to read and reply

Ste

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Date Thu, 12/01/2012 - 14:55
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http://support.eye.fi/software/other/import-into-lightroom/

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Date Thu, 12/01/2012 - 16:49
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HiHo Lone Gunman,     Re your second query on SD cards,   Fuji shop are currently doing a special offer on 4GB sd cards at £3 each. I know it's not the full 16GB but is a step in the right direction and atthe price you cant go far wrong. The link below will take you the relevant page, the cards are the bottom item on the page.

http://shop.fujifilm.co.uk/special-offers

Regards Colin.

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Date Thu, 12/01/2012 - 20:19
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Regarding Colin's comment about not being 16gb cards - you'll find a lot of people  (including me) will recommend it is actually better to have 4x4gb cards than 1x16gb.  Mainly because if anything goes wrong with the 16gb card you've lost everything but will lose less with a 4gb card. And on most cameras a 4gb card will take 100s of picture, so will do most of the time unless you are taking a lot of video, and it only takes minutes to swap a card in the camera if you get near the limit.
You'll probably find it quicker to write to a 4gb than to a 16gb card that is fairly full. 

Regards,  Mike
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Date Thu, 12/01/2012 - 20:43
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Fuji also did tethered shooting on their better cameras in the past ie dslr's not the bridge camera utilising Hyper Utility software

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Date Thu, 12/01/2012 - 23:16
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We seem to have crossed purposes here.

Tethered shooting is where the laptop controls the camera regarding shooting the camera from the laptop. EG, a complete remote from the laptop capable of getting the camera do anything you wish it to do . It is possible to get the laptop to record the image seen in the laptop screen .

Downloading images direct to laptop can be done with any wireless SD card but is not the same thing. They also have limited ranges and are not as good as advertised and can be quite slow, but does enable any camera capable of accepting the card to be used I think. your laptop would need to be able to receive the signal though and some form of uploading program would be needed I think. 

There is no CF card equivalent .

 

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Date Fri, 13/01/2012 - 15:08
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Thanks everyone for the insight. Quite a few reccomendations and thanks to Ray for clarity on the subject Smile

Cheers

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Date Sat, 03/08/2013 - 23:10
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try thethered shooting in lightroom 5 i have not tried yet i have the fuji hs50

 

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Date Mon, 05/08/2013 - 09:31
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I use Aperture3 for tethering and it works flawlessy.  I had a task a couple of weeks back where tethering proved to very useful.  Being able to see images at full res on the computer immediately is a boon on occasions.

 

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Date Sun, 04/08/2013 - 13:31
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as up above somewhere......lightroom ?

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Date Sun, 04/08/2013 - 14:25
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Mark - are you asking what Lightroom is? The comment is not clear.

Lightroom is software by Adobe.

RAW  tutorial http://www.myfinepix.co.uk/article/83/146826

Processing Photos tutorial http://www.myfinepix.co.uk/article/83/147565

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