Initiating a Capture
The capture operation is used to take pictures when tethered to the computer. The capture can be initiated by pressing the Shutter Release button on the Camera Control Panel or by using the keyboard shortcut - the keyboard shortcut for capture is the <Ctrl> and X Keys pressed at the same time. The Enter Key can also optionally be programmed to initiate a capture. Images can also be captured by pressing the shutter-release button on the camera if the camera is NOT in Live View.
While captures are in progress the Shutter Release button will glow red around it's outside (i.e., CameraRC is in capture mode). While CameraRC is in capture mode another capture cannot be initiated until the Red glow stops. When using the shutter release button on the camera this restriction does not apply and captures can be initiated at the rate controlled by the camera.
NOTE: To ensure a correct exposure the eyepiece should be covered when shooting. Shooting without the eyepiece covered can lead to image underexposure. An Eyepiece cap is typically included as an accessory with Nikon Cameras.
You can pre-focus on the subject by either pressing the AF Button or pressing the <Ctrl> and A keys at the same time; these actions are the same as half-pressing the shutter-release button on the camera. If the camera is not able to focus a message will be displayed and the outside of the AF button will remain red. The autofocus warning message can be disabled by checking the Ignore Autofocus Failure box on the General Options Panel or checking the Don't Ask Again box on the Out of Focus Warning dialog box. When autofocus warnings are disabled the camera may not capture if focus is not attained - under these circumstances an out of focus warning message will be displayed in the status line at the bottom of the CCP.
If the Focus Area Mode is set to Single or Dynamic (only changeable by the program when the Lock Camera is enabled) then the Focus Point Selector on the Focusing Tab can be used to manually select the focus point. Select the focus point initially by putting the cursor on the selected point and clicking the left mouse button. Once an initial point is selected the cursor keys on the keyboard can be used to move up/down and right/left.
When you place the cursor over the Focus Point Selection the image will automatically enlarge to ease point selection. You can turn this behavior off by changing the Pop Out Focus Selector setting.
The capture operation can automatically downloads the image to the computer, and subsequent captures will wait until the image has been downloaded prior to starting the next capture. With some Nikon models capture can be done to the camera memory card and not uploaded to the computer. See the Saving Images section for more information on the saving of pictures.
To capture multiple images rapidly set the Shot Count found on the Shooting Tab to the desired number of shots. When set to multiple shots this will allow the camera shoot at its continuous shooting rate for the number of shots specified. The shot count can only be entered when the cameras Shooting Mode is in a Continuous Shooting mode; when set to single or any other mode the shot count is set to one and disabled.
You can also capture images using Interval Shooting Mode.
As each picture is taken a thumbnail of the image will appear in the Thumbnail Window. If the Thumbnail Window is not visible click on the Thumbnails button at the top of the CCP or select Thumbnails from the View Menu. You can also view a higher resolution version of the image by double clicking the thumbnail image; this will present a full screen version of the image - Use the scroll button on the mouse to zoom in the image. You can move between captured images when the focus is on the Image Viewer or Thumbnails by using the right and left arrow keys.
NOTE: Thumbnails and images are not displayed if the save media is set to the camera only.
Nikon DSLRs released after 2011 (D4/D800 and newer models) support bulb capture. When bulb is selected the shutter is opened on the first depression of the Shutter Release Button and closed on the subsequent pressing. Optionally, the shutter closure can be controlled by the Bulb Interval control. When using the Bulb Interval the shot is ended after the number of seconds specified; the bulb interval time can be terminated early by depressing the Shutter Release Button.
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