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The book addresses "geeky" owners of Canon consumer cameras who would like to explore the possibilities of their cameras, and ...
The book addresses "geeky" owners of Canon consumer cameras who would like to explore the possibilities of their cameras, and eventually tweak them to do things way beyond their original specifications, such as
- RAW file (or DNG) support in addition to the camera's JPEG output
- Manual control for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
- Expand shutter speeds way beyond the specification limits
- Enable bracketing
The hacks are based on the Canon Hack Development Kit (CHDK), a free software maintained by a group of enthusiasts. Many scripts are already published on the web. The book teaches how to use existing scripts and how to write new ones.
Canon cameras, especially their consumer lines of PowerShot/IXUS cameras, allow the user to temporarily upload so called add-ons into the camera through the memory card. The next time the camara is switched on, the add-on is active, when the camera is switched off, the camera returns to its original state, so there is no risk of loosing the manufacturers warranty.
Chapter 1: Introduction;
1.1 How this book is organized;
Chapter 2: Cameras and Operating Systems;
2.1 Camera hardware;
2.2 Processors and operating systems;
2.3 The CHDK: What it is and how it works;
Chapter 3: Installing the CHDK;
3.2 Does a CHDK exist for my camera?;
3.3 Downloading the CHDK;
3.4 Manual installation;
3.5 The warranty question;
Chapter 4: Teach Your Camera New Tricks;
4.1 Using menus;
4.2 Customizing the user interface;
4.5 Shooting RAW;
4.7 Edge overlay;
4.8 More video options;
4.9 Remote control;
4.12 The CHDK configuration file;
Chapter 5: Scripting;
5.1 Launching and configuring scripts;
5.3 uBasic primer;
5.4 Lua primer;
5.5 CHDK commands;
5.6 Property Cases;
5.7 Example scripts;
5.8 Script development;
Chapter 6: Advanced Techniques;
6.2 HDR Panoramas;
6.3 HDR videos;
Chapter 7: The Stereo Data Maker (SDM);
7.1 Installing the SDM;
7.3 Additional functions;
7.5 Remote control;
7.7 Stereo photography;
Chapter 8: Kites, Balloons, and Multikopters;
8.1 Kite Aerial Photography;
8.2 Balloon-based photography;
8.3 Motorized flying platforms;
8.4 Other unattended operations;
Chapter 9: A Look across the Fence;
9.1 Canon EOS CHDK;
9.2 Canon 5D as a professional movie camera;
9.3 Pentax hacks;
Using cards with more than 4 GB capacity;
Contributing to the CHDK;
Posted April 10, 2011
Having been one of the people to have been involved in the creation of the CHDK project from day one, and all during 3 years after, I was extremely disappointed to know that someone would be taking all the information that _*I*_ painstakingly authored on the Wiki pages for MONTHS and YEARS for CHDK. Then he would just paraphrase ALL MY WORK in a book for himself just so he could get rich off of this open-source project that so many worked on for free. When the CHDK community heard of this author doing this, it was met with mixed reactions. None of which were very warm. ALL THEIR HARD WORK THAT THEY DID FOR FREE, JUST FOR THIS PLAGIARIST TO FINANCIALLY BENEFIT OFF OF IT.
This doesn't sit well. Especially since I was the one to write the main brunt of the original CHDK-Wiki User's Guides, Programming Tutorials, Grid Designs, and so much more, where this "author" got *ALL* his original information.
At no time did this author ever contact ANY of the people involved in the CHDK project, and at NO TIME did he even bother to offer to send one of his books for inspection to ANYONE to see if he even made any errors (of which there were many that were corrected on the Wiki *AFTER* this "author" had his book published), nor did he even send copies as a good-will gesture to the programmers and documentation authors for all that he received for free from everyone involved in the CHDK project.
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!
Just search for CHDK WIKI in any search engine and the very first link presented will lead you to the FULL documentation of CHDK with more information and scripts than this author could have ever printed in his book. AND ITS ALL FREE. Quite unlike what some underhanded greedy plagiarists would rather have you believe.
FURTHERMORE: WHOEVER is selling or has sold this book MUST make this book publicly available to ALL as a FREE download to anyone who wants it. CHDK was written and licensed under the terms of GNU General Public License. Failure to provide this book FOR FREE puts them in direct violation of that licensing agreement.
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