tethered shooting software
Tethering means: Connect a camera to your computer, set it up, shot, read that image into the computer -fromthe computer screen.
Heres the software that claims to do it:
Contains functions that can be found in “Nikon Camera Control”, which is a bit pricey.
Added 2010-02-13: http://oxfordeye.co.uk/tetherPro/tetherPro.aspx – $50 – works for “All nikons”, Windows.
Added 2010-02-14: http://www.sofortbildapp.com/
Added 2010-09-25: http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=7-10055-10851
Added 2012-04-16: http://code.google.com/p/nikon-camera-control/#Features
Added 2013-12-20: http://diyphotography.net/using-surplus-laptops-tethered-remote-control
And when you’ve done the shooting…
http://www.gimp.org well you’ve heard about this one, haven’t you?
Then, to be able to do things you’ll have to learn some processing techniques and judge your photos the way photographers do. For you english speaking folks there might be some site to wander off to – I know of one with a huge amount of basic info for free, but it is in swedish http://www.moderskeppet.se . It is mainly oriented against photoshop, but the techniques should be rather general and thus usable for gimp’ers too.
Straight gimp oriented sites should be around too, butI don’t know about them… This one though http://www.linuxtopia.org/online_books/graphics_tools/gimp_advanced_guide/index.html seems to contain straight forward instructions, e.g the use of “unsharp mask” (chapter 6). Some purely technical descriptions too, but those might not be necessary to delve into.
I know there is a gimp oriented group on http://flickr.com too…
publishing & printing
For swedes there is a multiude of printing services, none free as they use up paper, ink and machinery of course, but affordable and with really nice results. Then you have to judge for yourself… the currently most well thought of on recent reviews is http://www.crimson.se .
When it comes to publishing, http://flickr.com or the similar one (based in France) http://www.ipernity.com migh be it, or a blog on www.wordpress.com as is this one, http://www.blogger.com, or your own “social community” on http://www.ning.com .
Remember to read up on color profiles for succesful printing, and sharpering for the web when it comes to web publishing… the results will look a lot better.
Web photos also need to be a lot lesser in size than those aimed at printing. Many webpages has images shown in 600 x 400 at medium size, and then 800 x 533 or 1000 x 667 for large ones. Think megapixels here; the numbers I just mentioned makes 0.24, 0.45 and 0.67 megapixels – a big difference from 6, 8, 10 or 12MP that comes out of a camera.
Digital post processing and a load more is explained in good detail here, all in easy words: