DSLR focus control with gphoto2

If you read theĀ documentation on gphoto2 regarding the focus control (“manual” focus as they call it) it mentions that focus control only works while liveview mode is on, and that seemed to be sufficient for Canon, but it turned out that for Nikon cameras there was more to it than just liveview.

First the necessary disclaimer though: I’ve only tried the Nikon D5100 here and Canon 550D and 600D, so YMMV.

But let’s start with liveview (or preview) mode itself first – this one is controlled by “/main/actions/viewfinder” setting in both Nikon and Canon. Continue reading

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GPhoto2 Server – web interface for GPhoto2

There is an awesome UNIX/Linux utility called GPhoto2 (www.gphoto.org) that allows one to control DSLRs via USB. The amount of control is quite significant – one can make shots, download files and/or previews of photos, control aperture, exposure, ISO and many other settings that DSLRs expose (and even control focus servo, though with a bit of a hassle there).

The utility calls for a web interface – ever since I saw it I though how good would it be to control DSLR via WiFi from something like a Raspberry Pi (with battery) running GPhoto2. So I’ve started working a web interface for GPhoto2 – GPhoto2Server ( github.com/mvmn/gp2srv ), written in Java.

And now I’ve got first alpha version working. So I made a little video of it.

In order to get GPhoto2 on Raspberry Pi I’ve used this awesome project: github.com/gonzalo/gphoto2-updater.

And in order to make Raspberry Pi create own WiFi network I’ve used tutorial+distribs of hostapd from Adafruit: learn.adafruit.com/setting-up-a-raspberry-pi-as-a-wifi-access-point/overview.