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Last week, I mentioned an upcoming iPhone application that remotely controls a Canon DSLR. I got some questions and comments about when this software would be useful, and don’t you know that I ran into a just such a situation yesterday? I had a tight deadline […]

kevin-head-shotLast week, I mentioned an upcoming iPhone application that remotely controls a Canon DSLR. I got some questions and comments about when this software would be useful, and don’t you know that I ran into a just such a situation yesterday? I had a tight deadline to get a decent head shot of myself. Barb was tied up on the phone with work when I noticed I had about 15 minutes left before my photo deadline.

I ended up shooting my own portrait by using the two-second timer function on my Canon Ti1, but it took about 20 shots to get it just right. Well…as right as it could be with the subject matter I had to work with; I always had a face for podcasting. ;) If I had the remote application, I could have actually modified the settings and previewed my pic using the remote Live View function. Instead, I had to pre-focus, tap the shutter release, and quickly scoot back into the frame. Come to think of it, this was good exercise.

Oh yeah, why did I need that head shot? Hmm…I can’t say just yet, but I think I’ll be able to share the reason why tomorrow. Stay tuned, and try not to hurt yourself with any self-portraits while you’re waiting, ‘k?

  1. I always use smoke and mirrors :)

    That aside, the shot looks good, considering what you had to do to get it.

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  2. Charlie Thomas Wednesday, May 27, 2009

    Has Warner Crocker talked you into a starring role in one of his plays? Good Luck.

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    1. Good guess, but no. Besides, I’ve already been on stage with Warner. Sadly, we were never asked to come back. Go figure! ;)

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  3. I believe there is software to accomplish this on the CD that comes with all Cannon Camera.

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  4. Are you aware that the new On1 Software will NOT support the new Ti1?(at least in version 1.0) Check out their blog, they have a new post with FAQ’s and they answered a question pertaining to the Ti1 and it’s compatibility.

    I have a Rebel XSi…so I’m looking forward to it ;)

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    1. Yup, I said just that in my original post which I’ve linked to above. The T1i isn’t yet in the Canon SDK, so the developers can’t support it until that changes. :( Have fun with the XSi and your iPhone or iPod Touch though! :)

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  5. Weather: Geogeous spring day
    Occasion: Working from home – I work in unix support snd on this occasion I was connected remotely to work from my small office
    Setting: Sitting on a bench in my garden with the sunlight sparking on the surrounding plants in my verdant and treed garden

    I wanted to tease my workmates so I set my camera on a tripod and sat on the garden bench with my laptop open. I used an IR remote to take the shot. I sent the picture to my collegues wit the caption – My Home Office. The responses were quite amusing as you could imagine.

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  6. I cannot for the life of me imagine why you used a 2-second timer then there is a 10-second timer there also :) Would have been easier on the legs!

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