Shooting tethered, Direct printing and more

First off, apologies for the lack of entries for quite a while now. I’ve been busy with way too many things. Of course the last two weeks also bring a lot of changes for me personally.

One big event this week is Kodak’s retirement of Kodachrome. The thing about this is it tells everyone how old I am. It does show also when I got into photography… I didn’t use Kodachrome much due to limited labs processing them here in Malaysia but I tend to use it’s newer siblings, the Ektachrome series. There are some nice links here.

The other product I’m playing with right now and yes, it does have promise is DSLR Remote from OnOne software. Yes, I do think it needs to do AF but besides that, it’s pretty cool and I think I’ve got quite a few new uses for it once my Manfrotto camera clamps arrive! Canon really needs to drop the price of their Wi-Fi transceivers (more later)! And of course I’ll say it here again: OnOne software really needs to move their plugin suite to 64-bit. Like yesterday. 32-bit is so Windows XP 🙂

Anyways, back to topic:
Over last weekend’s Focus on the Family event, I found out for the first time that the Direct Print button on my 5D Mark II actually had a use. Of course finally Canon’s listening and the Direct print button doubles up to use as a toggle to get into HD Movie mode but prior Canon cameras don’t have luxury. I still think it should be fully programmable though. Anyways, printing direct from Camera is cool for once and it does streamline the workflow… Shoot, connect camera, select image, hit print, swap camera, shoot, repeat the process. Easy!

However, the problem now is that in public events, that’s not as sexy as a big widescreen monitor. I’ll probably try this approach with the orang asli trip next… instant prints. Everyone loves that! So the next day, I lugged my laptop with a 22″ wide-screen monitor along. Using the EOS Utility software, I ended up shooting tethered. The Capture Preview window was maximized on monitor 2 (external display) but the main display (laptop) was showing Adobe Bridge. Of course with Bridge CS4, you can have a second synchronized window so that can be toggled if the family wanted to preview the shots taken and select the best one for printing. Otherwise, the Capture preview was nice to show people what was the camera shooting at that time. So, short of having wireless USB, I think Canon ought to halve the price of the WFT-E4 transceiver! When I’ve more time this weekend, I’ll post a more detailed description of the work flow and software used.

1 Comment

  1. Mark Leo February 18, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Wow, that is a very good insight. Thanks for the write up. It was very informative.