digital shutter cable

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Roland Latour, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. SLR film cameras have a shooting button that can take a shutter release
    cable. I haven't seen this on a digital camera. For production work like
    catalogs or yearbooks, you'll want to command the camera to take a picture
    and send it back to the computer immediately. This would be the digital
    equivalent of the cable. Very handy for repetitive shooting.

    Has anyone seen a combination of camera and Linux software that can do
    this? Thanks.
    Roland Latour, Dec 16, 2007
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  2. Roland Latour

    Whiskers Guest

    I have seen 'cable release adaptors' for compact cameras that allow you to
    use a conventional cable release with a camera that has no cable release
    socket of its own. They generally take the form of an elastic band or
    clip or clamp that fits around the camera body and places a suitable socket
    over the shutter button. You will also of course need a tripod or other
    camera support - and not all point-and-shoot cameras have a standard
    tripod bush.

    I don't know of any point-and-shoot cameras that will function for taking
    photographs while connected to a computer via the USB or Firewire cable.
    But if you're serious about taking pictures for catalogues you won't want
    to use a point-and-shoot camera anyway, will you, nor be tethered to a
    computer while taking photographs?

    There are of course 'web cams' which pipe an image to the computer all the
    time - in fact that is /all/ they do - and you can capture a 'frame' from
    that to use as a snapshot. But I've never seen a web cam image that I'd
    consider good enough for a catalogue, although you might get away with it
    for passport-style 'portraits' if you can arrange for a neutral plain
    background and soft lighting.
    Whiskers, Dec 16, 2007
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  3. Roland Latour

    ChrisM Guest

    In message ,
    Whiskers <> Proclaimed from the tallest tower:

    Why not? A decent P&S camera could give perfectly adequate pictures for a
    ChrisM, Dec 18, 2007
  4. Roland Latour

    Whiskers Guest

    I suppose it depends on what you want the catalogue to tell prospective
    customers; if it's 'this lot don't spend much on their catalogue' then
    perhaps you'll get away with it.

    Commercial photographers don't spend thousands of pounds setting up studios
    and getting really good cameras and lenses and years gaining experience
    and building up a clientel, just for the heck of it; but an experienced
    skillful photographer might manage to get a picture from a point and shoot
    digital camera that would pass muster for a 'thumbnail' in a catalogue.

    (No, I'm not a pro).
    Whiskers, Dec 18, 2007
  5. Roland Latour

    ChrisM Guest

    In message ,
    Depends on the catalogue though really, doesn't it. Ok, if it was some
    glamerous fashion thing, with professional models, fancy backgrounds and
    sophisticated lighting, you would probably need professional equipment and
    If you were making an aircraft hardware catalogue, and just needed some
    pictures of some bolts and screws to illustrate the part numbers, a £150
    point and shoot would probably be good enough.
    When the OP mentioned catalogue was used in the same sentence as Year Book,
    I made the assumption it was not a huge expensive glossy fashion catalogue
    that they were talking about. Maybe I was wrong...(?)
    ChrisM, Dec 19, 2007
  6. Roland Latour

    ChrisM Guest

    In message ,
    I'm sure I've seen some of the more expensive 'Point and Shoot' cameras with
    remote shutter release, though having a quick look just now, couldn't find

    What advantage do you see in sending the images directly to the computer?
    Why can't you just save all the pics to a memory card, then transfer them to
    your computer at the end of the session?

    Can I suggest you try asking the same question in, there
    is a lot more traffic in that group including fans of both P&S and DSLR
    cameras, and you're more likely to get a better answer than in here, as long
    as you don't mind the constant bickering that seems to go on in there...
    ChrisM, Dec 19, 2007
  7. Roland Latour

    Mark B. Guest

    Most Canon compact cameras come with remote capture software that allows
    direct transfer immediately after the picture is taken (and will also allow
    a live view while it's being taken), but very few if any have a remote
    release anymore. For the most part, the software is PC and Mac compatible -
    I'm not sure if Linux versions are available, but I doubt it.

    Mark B., Dec 21, 2007
  8. Roland Latour

    Mac Lynch Guest

    My Ricoh RDC-5300 Digital Camera Has a remote control that would provide
    this. Suppose it must be infra red!
    Mac Lynch, Dec 22, 2007
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