How can I capture images directly from a digital camera without messing with memory cards?
November 4, 2009 5:00 PM Subscribe
How can I capture high quality photos from a camera directly for printing, without using the memory card as a middle step, and preferably with a live preview on my computer screen?
posted by iktomi to technology (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Ever taken on a problem you thought would be easy, and found yourself stumped almost immediately? This is like that.
I was selected to set up and operate a Santa Claus photo booth at an alternative gift fair (with proceeds going to a charitable cause). I figured it would be a fairly easy set-up with a camera, laptop, and photo printer. However, I cannot seem to find a way to capture an image from the camera with a live preview on my computer screen.
When connected to my computer, the cameras I've tried all display as USB removable storage of one kind or another (not an image capture device.) I seem to remember that digital cameras used to advertise the ability to use them as webcams, which would be a start, but I need print quality for this particular project.
I have at my disposal: a Windows XP computer, a Macbook, a Samsung NV10 digital camera, and an Aiptek HD still/video camera.
So, how can I use these devices to capture Santa Claus?