Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 Tethering

Even pros could not do much with their pictures without the right software to help them maneuver their cameras and their advanced functions.  A good photograph does not only rely on the photographer’s good eye and instinct, but also a camera’s manageable features like exposure mode, shutter speed and aperture.  This is where the Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 comes in.  It controls most functions of Nikon digital SLRs from a remote computer that is connected via USB or Firewire cable through a wired or wireless LAN or optional WiFi adapters for some models.

The Nikon Control Pro 2 software controls advanced functions of the Nikon D3 and D300 like the Picture Control System, Live view and Viewer for previewing select images before transferring them to a computer.  The user may then choose to delete unnecessary images before transferring.  One remarkable thing about the software is that with the Live view mode, the focus point and shutter release maybe adjusted while authenticating the image on the computer.  It also has an improved graphic user interface wherein a simulated LCD screen functions as the camera’s viewfinder display, much like the ones in the latest camera models, and ensures smoother operation.  It also supports Capture NX, Nikon’s exclusive photofinishing software and browser and viewer software ViewNX.  Control Pro 2 is also compatible with D2, D300, D5000, D3100, D200, D100, D90, D80, D70, D50 and D40.

This software is excellent in picture control utility or customized image adjustment where the photographer can adjust tone compensation curve data to suit his or her needs and improves efficiency when using multiple cameras simultaneously.  Picture Control parameters maybe selected and adjusted in the computer and a 51-point AF maybe controlled and displayed.  The white balance may also be adjusted with the software.  It is compatible with Nikon’s Image Authentication Function so images may be transferred without affecting the authentication function.

While the software has many amazing ups by giving the photographer the ability to control his images remotely and its compatibility to a variety of Nikon’s other exclusive software, it also has certain downsides.  The software does not auto-update itself.  Users would have to download newer versions as they are released.  It is also not yet compatible with one of the most used operating systems nowadays, the Windows 7.  Rest assured however, that its makers are well working on it and with its primary key features—shooting, saving and transferring images just got a whole lot easier.  Now it’s not so hard to become a great photographer, isn’t it?

Tethering with the Macbook Pro and Camera Control Pro 2

Tethering to the Macbook is nice but not always the best option. I find if it’s an indoor shoot or a sheltered location then this is acceptable to use the tethered approach.

First things first you should plug your provided USB cable into your camera and the USB interface of your laptop. Set your camera to on and then launch Camera Control Pro 2. The software should pick up your camera once finished launching. Before you start your time-lapse shoot there are a couple of settings within Camera Control Pro 2 that should be checked. Have a look under  Tools > Download Options and choose the correct location for your time-lapse sequence to be saved. Make sure you save it on a drive with space enough to handle a few thousand images.

Secondly when the camera is detected a control panel for the camera will appear. My personal choice is to set the camera into manual mode and focus the camera manually. Also as mentioned lock the auto exposure. This can all be done via the camera or the software control panel, it’s a personal choice really.

When you are happy with your camera settings, focus, framing of your picture, you’re ready to go. Select Camera > Time Lapse Photography. This will bring up a small dialog box and is the last step before starting the sequence. I almost always turn off the “Autofocus before each shot”. It’s largely dependent if this is a moving time-lapse shoot. If you want to manually control the stopping point then select “Keep shooting until cancelled”. If you don’t select this option you will then be asked to set the number of shots. Finally set the delay between each shot and click start, and go grab a coffee. You can keep an eye on your cameras and software to make sure all is progressing correctly.

Comment (1)

  1. Masoud January 2, 2012 at 11:18 am Reply

    can you start shooting time lapse automatically not manual

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