Hi, I am a landscape photographer and I would like to automate my work process via Helicon Remote.
(1) Shooting Speed
I usually put the camera (D800E) in Av mode and run 3-5 image exposure bracketing with 2-4 different
focus settings (for stacking purpose). For this camera, I have to use the continuous-high-speed drive mode
and live-view for best results. When I fire a set of exposures, the camera shoots them rapidly and there
is about a few seconds of delay until the camera finishes saving the shots and gets ready for the next
When I shoot in RAW only with Sandisk Extreme SDXC (45MB/S), it takes me a little less than 5 secs for
3-shot braketing, and a tad more than 7 secs for a 5-shot sequence, which gives me about 1.5 secs / shot.
But when I use Helicon Remote to automate this, it takes about 4.5 secs / shot, which is extremely slow.
And I'm not even saving any jpgs into my computer, just RAW files into the camera. So I was wondering if
it is possible to speed this up. When shooting rapidely changing scenes, such as waves in seascapes,
speed is critical.
(2) Braketing in Av
One more concern is that the exposure bracketing is only available in manual mode, whereas I prefer to
shoot in Av (typically 3 shot braketing (+-2EV), with exposure compensation).
I may be mssing something, but why is it that the remote only allows exposure braketing in manual mode
and doesn't offer any information about how well exposured your shots are. I wish there were some
features to check the histograms, it doesn't have to be live. The blown-out highlight feature is great, but
it's not enough to know the correct exposure, I end up switching between the Av and manual modes to
find out the right shutterspeed.
I am immensely enjoying your product and I think it's a great asset to all photographers, hope these
improvements are made in the near future. Thank you.