Nikon's Mike Rubin turned me onto this at PMA last month. I now shoot with my D70 tethered to my laptop through a USB cable. If you change the USB setting in the menu from Mass Storage to PTP, you can control the camera's exposure and autofocus from a window in Nikon Capture 4.2. Each time you press the Start button, the camera fires and the resulting images are stored in a folder on the computer. I needed some studio shots last night so I set up in the other room with the tripod mounted D70 and my laptop. After shooting, I was able to pull the images across my wireless network and view them on my color-calibrated system in the other room. This made for immediate and accurate verification that I had captured what I needed.
Nice technique Larry. But it really only works in a studio setting, right? I mean I can't see too many landscape or nature photogs working this way.
It does beg a question though. For studio shooting and those who use digital cameras, can others be used his way or just the D70? Be interesting to find out.
Yes Bob, they do. My e-1 has optional studio capture software ($150), canon has a similar deal, don't know about the others.
I worked in a studio where the Pronea had a Kodak back; we ran it thru PS5/6, I forget which; the tech has been out there a while.
Are you able to view the picture immediately on your computer? I was trying to do that with photoshop. I am not sure if my settings are off or what.
Yes, the picture as the camera captured it is not just viewed on the computer, it's stored on the computer and not in the camera. Especially useful if the camera is in a remote location as you can see in these photograph:
But I am discussing using the proprietary Nikon Capture software ($100) to control the camera. Photoshop can't control the camera, it can only edit the images after they are on your computer.
Wow, thanks for the tip. Looks like i will be buying Capture for my home studio.