Saturday, June 23, 2012

How To – Report bug

Lately i get a lot of bug reports, so i decided to make a post about how i want to looks like this report.

  • avoid to generalize the error, post exact what not working like: live view, bracketing, take photo,  the camera not connecting
  • specify the used operation system (and the service pack if is installed)
  • specify the version of application, this information can be found in about window title.
  • step by step description, how i can reproduce the error
  • the most important attache to the post the log file
  • optional, you can attache some screen shot too
This reports can be posted on!categories/ncc-google-group/bug-report  or send me directly a email.

The log file can be found by opening setting windows, there is the button for "Locate log file" after pressing this button a explorer windows will be open and the log file will be selected.

Beta release – 0.7.153


  • the code behind of camera handing rewrote 
  • basic multiple camera support
  • some minor bug fixes
  • better error handing and logging 
  • check on startup if wia activex is installed
I start to support multiple connected cameras, in File menu you can selected the default camera and in view menu is a window for capture pictures with all connected cameras in same time.

I plan to make a separated standalone library with camera control part code, this library can be used in other applications, but i will see if is demand for it.

Lately i get a lot of error reports, but to fix this i need more infos, like program version (pls. use latest version), os version and describe how to reproduce the error and the most important attache the log file.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

How To – Focus Stacking

“Focus stacking  is a digital image processing technique which combines multiple images taken at different focus distances to give a resulting image with a greater depth of field(DOF) than any of the individual source images. Focus stacking can be used in any situation where individual images have a very shallow depth of field macro photography and optical microscopy are two typical examples”
NCC can help you to make series of photos with different focus, this technique works only  with static, not moving subjects and constant light condition.
This tutorial works with Nikon cameras with live view and NCC version 0.7.136 or higher. I don’t find any good example in my house so i used a starfish The goal is to make a well focused full image, like this (not big deal just for example):

Beta release – 0.7.136

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Change log:
  • Partial support for Nikon D3200 *
  • Fixed not working bracketing 
  • Minor bug fixes
* THX to Maurice Gilden for testing and for information about D3200. Not all function working on D3200 like manual focusing.  

Friday, June 1, 2012

Beta release – 0.7.130

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Change log:
  • Play sound after photo taken
  • Histogram in live view
  • Redesigned live view to improve focus staking 
  • Access keys for camera properties