Tonight was supposed to be a no computer, no photos, no staying up late event with a movie.
What transpired has revealed that I have an addiction.
It was 30 minutes into the movie and I just had to have a small peep at my Canon 550D’s firmware.
According to Wikipedia:
“In electronic systems and computing, firmware is the combination of persistent memory and program code and data stored in it“.
OMG! I only had version 1.0.6 when 1.09 was available right here.
So Andy did a quick download and then install using the Canon EOS software.
But hold on! He was still missing out.
I picked up some browsing snippets about extra firmware called ML – Magic Lantern, which added many features to the Canon.
My interest lay in one feature and one feature alone:
“Are you a HDR enthusiast?
Bracketing up to 9 frames with spacing from 0.5 to 5 EV should handle even the most difficult contre-jours“.
Yippee!! 9 frames when I was presently limited to 3 at a time.
I did another quick download and then install using my camera’s memory card in an external reader (copy all downloaded files onto the card – not in any folder on the card). This discovery was the make or break for me as the user manual was somewhat vague or I got confused.
The card was then returned to the camera on “P” or “M” setting I seem to recall (follow all the other manual instructions and READ THE WARNING about ML).
I may have used the EOS software again but did have to go to MENU & FIRMWARE VERSION to click on what was now there to activate. There were also “battery removals”.
Play around; you will get it right (with some computer and camera savvy) – at your own risk! (the Canon might stop working).
Of course I had to take any set of photos of anything to ensure that my “new” toy was working.
The settings were not important other than to see if I could choose 3, 6 or 9 bracketed photos – I went for 6 inside my lounge at night.
Success! Not the photo below, but “sure as water is wet” ML pumped out 6 photos at 1.5 spacing, which I chose.
Have fun if you don’t have ML and are going to try it (if you are a pro video or photo person you should have a look).
I am no pro but want my toy to pump out more than 3 bracketed photos, which it now does thanks to ML.
Now I can go and use this new feature on some better subjects