Sometimes You Need to Share Your Knowledge

Photography for a photographer is a “single shooter” activity. One camera body – one camera lens – one shutter release button. It does not take a party of two or more … or a “committee” to press the shutter release button to take “the shot”. Depending on your photography, it may take a team of support personnel for the “single shooter” to take “the shot”. Sometimes it is nice to collaborate with another photographer to share the knowledge.

In my role as editor and publisher for FSM, I occasionally organize multi-photographer in-studio photo shoots based on a theme and the number of models and support staff. This type of photography is at the core of who FSM is – CREATIVE … COLLABORATIVE … DIVERSE. Each time we do these collaborative projects I learn something new. This time it was a new software product for tethering your camera used by one of the photographers on the team.

James Gamble Jr. is a fellow GAS savant (gear acquisition syndrome) and friend. We both used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for tethering for studio shoots. This time James used a new product called Control My Nikon by Tetherscript. James gave the product a positive review for using with Nikon cameras. What impressed me about the product was how quickly you could view a photo on James’ laptop. The delay between shutter release and appearing on the screen was like a blink of your eye. I was comparing his timing to that of mine using Adobe Lightroom. I had to give the product a field test on my next shoot.

You ask, “Why should you purchase the software since I already use Lightroom?” I am a GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) savant! It is what true GAS’ers do … Buy GEAR!

The next day after our studio shoot, I purchased Control My Nikon software. Downloaded the software from the cloud and installed on my laptop. I then began testing the product in my home studio. This is what I found out:

  1. Software is simple and intuitive to use.
  2. Plenty of features and functionality to meet the demands of any photographer.
  3. Time delay between shutter release and appearing on screen is quick, in some cases instantaneous.
  4. Options for saving photo to your laptop’s hard drive or hard drive and your camera.
  5. You can preload your metadata to be written as an XMP file with the same name as your photo (uses the camera’s naming convention)
  6. You can setup a folder naming convention using date/time/text codes to prevent you from overwriting previous work.

Next, I validated the new software during a photo shoot of Steam Punk models in the studio. I must report the software keep up with my shooting. The near instantaneous display of the photo taken was incredible. Including the viewing of several photos shot in succession on my D850. The largest factor in validating that I purchased the right product was the response from my clients. They were impressed at viewing the RAW photo immediately. We could ALL see the results under the lighting conditions and adjust on the fly. The model/production coordinator liked the software to make subtle adjustments in stance and look of the models. Words used by the clients: “Amazing … Outstanding … Perfect … Unbelievable”.

Finally, I used Adobe Lightroom CC to import the entire photo session for post-processing. I was not sure if the XMP files created by Control My Nikon would be imported. Lightroom imported all the metadata I created in Control My Nikon software product.

In conclusion, did I make the right decision? Yes. Is the product easy to use? Yes. Can the product be incorporated into your workflow? Yes. Is it FAST? Yes, with the caveat that it depends on the tethering cable you are using and distance from your camera. Longer distances require you to use a powered USB cable or powered repeater.

Am I a happy camper using Control My Nikon? YOU BET! Keep GAS’ing Photogs.

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