Multiple camera tethering

Here’s software for when you need to control multiple tethered camera’s (3d imaging?) by Breeze Systems.They make photo booth software too. Check it out: http://www.breezesys.com/index.htm

Into Astro photography?

If you’re interested in astro photography, then have a look at this piece of software: http://www.otelescope.com/index.php?/page/index.html

Don’t forget the other stuff, like support for laptop, cables. For that, check out TetherTools: https://www.tethertools.com/tether-table-aero-system/

Enjoy!

SEA WAG 2015 pics

Some photos from the WAG Individual All Around finals of the 2015 SEA Games. https://www.flickr.com/photos/webitect/sets/72157653948114099

Corrupted Images…why?!?!?!

Ok, so a few months ago, my PC stopped working, so I got a Lenovo all in one type machine (Intel i7, 8gb ram blah blah blah) and a Samsung D3 Station 2 TB external drive to house my photos. I was using a transcend USB 3.0 card reader and Sandisk Ultra 16gb cards (50 mbs).

When I first transferred my files from my backup networked storage to the D3, I had corrupt images all over the place. I painstakingly went through my entire photo collection and had to replace them from the networked drive.
Meaning, Backup copy was good but the process of transferring to D3 via the Lenovo and importing to Lightroom 5.7.1 corrupted the images. Boy, I really regret upgrading lightroom to 5.7.1….arrrrgh it’s so quirky now. I just need to sell a few more photos so I can upgrade to Lightroom 6….Anyways back to the issue.

Since I’ve had corrupt images prior to the cf card issue, I’m thinking it may be my computer, the D3 or a combination of both, maybe messed up usb ports? Maybe it was just a one time thing cuz of the crappy network I have set up? Anyways, issue at hand now is the CF card transfers via card reader attached to the Lenovo to the D3.

Having smashed 2 cf cards and the last one a bit suspect, I had to buy a new one. Lexar Dual slot Professional USB. Not too impressed with the price but, I’m kinda desperate right now and I’m hoping the brand, price and reviews all correctly indicate I’m not gonna have issues with it.

Having researched this stuff, it’s been narrowed down in order of likeliness to
1) Card reader and or cable attaching reader to computer
2) D3
3) CF cards may need replacing soon.
4) Lightroom 5.7.1 is corrupting my files. (According to responses I’ve read online, this is not even possible. Still I have my doubts. Ever since I upgraded to 5.7.1 it seems to be “buggy” as opposed to 5.7, I had no issues / complaints whatsoever.)

So having transferred 2 batches of roughly 6 photos, no corrupted files. I’ll go shooting tomorrow and get a bigger test sample to make sure…fingers crossed….

My lightroom 5.7.1 is still wonky tho, subfolders missing, deleted ones showing up again, previously ok photo shows corrupted the next day….sigh…

June 16, 2105 UPDATE

Ok 3rd Transfer from CF of 83 files, 5 files corrupted.

Since I still can’t view Canon 7D2 raw’s in windows, I can’t see them until I get them into lightroom and DPP won’t show the corruption unless I double click the preview. In the meantime, I’ve found updates for Canon’s DPP (Digital Photo Pro) as well as firmware for the 7D2 (1.0.4).

June 18, 2015 UPDATE

Uploaded same set of Canon 7d2 raw files from same CF using same reader to 3 different computers (internal drive). NO CORRUPTED images on all three. Raw files viewed via Canon’s DPP (various versions due to various OS’s on the computers).

In light of that test, I’m thinking either it’s the Samsung external hard drive or the USB ports of the Lenovo all in one computer (which is one of the computers used in the reader to internal HD test above). So USB port might not be the issue although I have no clue regarding the workings of USB to USB transfers. Oh the reader, Lenovo and Samsung is using USB 3.0.

My next test shall be, once I get a hold of another external HD, if I can transfer files to that without any corruptions. If so then it has to be the Samsung D3 I’m guessing. Stay tuned will post results when I get it done.

06/21/15 UPDATE

Well, I was thinking that my LR 5.7.1 was part of the issue so I tried the free trial LR CC. Went back to folders of photos from a few months ago and find corrupted images. Went into the folder and opened the file in DPP, CS6 and its fine…sigh. If you want to see what the corruption looks like, its similar to the ones seen here:
http://photo.net/digital-darkroom-forum/00Xx8s
http://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/14385/what-causes-this-sort-of-raw-file-corruption
I tried deleting all previews, generating new 1:!, generating standard previews…all to no avail.This really set me off, so I unplugged the Samsung D3 and plugged in the backup drive, went back into the LR CC and NO CORRUPTED images showed. Go Figure

So whats the difference between the 2 external drives? One’s a Samsung D3 with a seagate drive (OMG I HATE SEAGATE DRIVES!!!! Long story from my Sys Admin days) and the other is a WD Elements. I think I’m ready to blame everything on the SEAGATE drive. Just for closure, I ran chkdsk and it found errors (Volume bitmap is incorrect). I’ll be working on that next and demoting this D3 to something menial, like paper weight. lol. For the record, ALL the sites I’ve found and read regarding image corruption has mentioned Seagate drives….you can make your own conclusion.

So lessons learned:
1) Don’t use windows explorer to transfer files, supposedly it’s not as good/stable as the software that came with your camera
2) Even unstable ram can cause image corruption.

I’m sincerely hoping my issues are gone. I will post and update here if anything else pops up. I hope none of y’all experience this, but if you do, I hope I’ve been able to help.

First world problems…

As I’m sitting here waiting/hoping that Sandisk RescuePro will work its magic on the first of my CF cards, I’ll relate to you this story…

Last night I shot the SEA Games 2015 WAG Individual All Around Finals with my new 7D2 and 5D2. Going through security, I got my water bottle, gorilla pod and nail clipper sized pocket knife confiscated They almost took my Thor’s Hammer keychain thing too. I got everything back when I left tho. No biggie. The event was awesome, I was getting shots that I never could have with my 7D. I was sooo excited to get home and upload. Here the crap hits the fan:

The first CF card, inaccessible. The second errors every few second. I tried 3 different card readers and straight from camera. I was getting so frustrated I smashed 1 card reader. Then something crashed on my computer and I had to restore. While that was going on, I thought, hey, I got Lightroom 4 on my hybrid laptop / tablet. I’ll get the jpg’s off the sd cards so I can make my deadline. Jpgs got uploaded fine but of the handful I selected to upload, I had to edit a few…crop, brightness…after the second image, the first one error-ed and showed different colored lines on the preview and resulting files. So I restarted (just in case) and re-imported but this time only added keywords, title and description. Submitted for import  hours past deadline….hmpfff!

Lessons Learnt:

1) Don’t smash your stuff
2) Keep your software up to date and registered on your backup system
3) The Canon 7D Mark ii is AWESOME!!!
4) Sandisk RescuePro Deluxe is not user friendly in terms of changing settings…here’s my other post about it
5) I’m so lucky to have what I have and do what I do

Will update what happens with the CF cards…

OK, since the CF cards were unreadable by any reader, camera and or PC I had no choice but to format it.
1) Only my camera was able to acknowledge the existence of a card, so I used that it format the cards.
2) I then used Sandisk’s RescuPro Deluxe (originally came with bundled with my card but was expired so I had to renew $30.) Here’s the link: http://www.lc-tech.com/pc/sandisk-rescuepro-and-rescuepro-deluxe
3) Had some settings issues with the software, you can read about it and the fix HERE. After that, all went well, almost all files were found, I think/hope. I even got some previously deleted files.

Now that I got the raw files, I imported them in using the last cf reader in the house. Still got corrupted images. I’ll put my experiences, thoughts, research on that in a different post.

RescuePro – Change output folder

Recent events have led up to my needing of Sandisk RescuePro, on my hybrid laptop / tablet. UGH! I’ve needed it before but that was on a Macbook with plenty of space (Recommended free space is 2X the size of your card). I didn’t have that on my C: drive of my hybrid (Win) device. When you run Rescue Pro, you get 6 icons to use, all related to doing something to your card. Only when you cancel the resulting action of clicking one of the 6 icons, are you presented with more options. There’s a button labelled “Output Folder” but it doesn’t change the folder RescuePro Deluxe outputs to. Sigh…

It took me awhile but finally got the answer. CTRL O (the letter-lower case, not the number). In the screen the pops up when you launch RescuePro Deluxe, hit Ctrl and O and a window will pop up letting you change the default drive and folder that RescruPro Deluxe will save your recovered files to.

Now if you need to edit the number of items in your cart from the renewal link, you have to navigate out of that page and into your actual cart. I can’t recall the actual pages, sorry.

YAY!