Pinout: Versatile Remote Controller and App for Nikon cameras!

Hey photography freaks! I used a Pinout camera remote control device and app to do star trails and long exposure photos when I was out in Joshua Tree N.P. last weekend. I really liked it and thought I’d turn you on to it. I have nothing to gain by doing this, and am not sleeping without anyone from the company. 馃榾 聽All photos on this post were taken using the Pinout except for, uh, the one showing the PInout, which is from Zesty’s website. Sadly, it’s only available for Nikon at this point.

Pinout’s Pro kit, which is one of three models, supports loss/theft prevention, simple release, long exposure, timed-release, time-lapse, distance lapse, star trail, geo tagging, geo logging.

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Above: Pinout on a Nikon D800. On my D610, it actually goes into the side of the camera, not the front, inserting where the remote shutter release goes.

Pinout is a bluetooth remote control device that acts as an amazingly varied multi-functional remote for your camera (and with the top-of-the-line Full Kit, offers multi-camera remote control!), a geo-tagging device, and a loss/theft prevention feature. You can also activate the camera via聽voice command, or by shaking your phone. Cool.

The loss/theft aspect, as near as I can tell, only works when your camera is on. This would be handy, particularly for night photographers like us weirdos, if you are doing a long exposure photo and you either lose where your camera was or if your camera “grows legs” and wanders off. However, it’s not so great if you are storing it, as your camera battery is not likely to be on.

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Here’s what I like about it so far:
1.) Super easy to register and set up and directly connect to the camera.
2.) Does not need to be mounted on the hot shoe and connected with a cable and dongle (again, easy set up).
3.) Small and unobtrusive.
4.) Bluetooth connection appeared solid most of the time, and even if it wasn’t, as long as the star trails or long exposure had been set in motion, it didn’t matter. I could fire the connection reliably from at least 50 ft./15 meters away.
5.) The app is really nicely laid out and easy to use, and I have not needed the manual so far to figure it out.
6.) You can use it to focus the camera as well as trigger it.
7.) The star trails portion is very easy to figure out and set and is extremely flexible.
8.) Unlike Triggertrap, you don’t run down your smartphone. In fact, you can turn off the app on your phone completely, and it will still complete the task at hand, whether star trails or something else.
9.) Also does simple release, long exposure, timed release, time-lapse, distance lapse, geo-tagging, bulb ramping LE HDR, LE HDR Time-lapse, and loss prevention (if the device strays beyond a certain distance, it will alert you, but even if the connection were broken, if the exposure had already been set in motion, the PInout faithfully continued).
10.) Blinks to let you know that the device is connected. Connection seems solid so far.
11.) Draws a very small, minimal charge from the camera instead of requiring the device to be charged, which is very convenient because I don’t have to be concerned with whether yet another device has been charged.12.) You can close the app and lock the phone and Pinout continues (with Triggertrap, the app had to remain open and illuminated; if you closed the app, its control also stopped).
13.) Responsive customer service via email.

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Above: Photo taken in Joshua Tree National Park, CA using the Pinout remote camera control device and app. The layout of the app is really simple.

Concerns at this time:
1.) I said it was small. This is generally a bonus, but I am concerned that it might be easy to lose. I already put some orange gaffer’s tape on it so it would be easier to see 聽since I photograph at night.
2.) I am concerned that it will be easy to break off in the camera if I mistakenly bang it around doing night photography. Because of this, I purchased a 3-year extended warranty.
3.) Only works with Nikon at this time.
4.) It does not fit on a Nikon D610 when using an L-Bracket.

5. Occasionally, even when the phone is within 3 ft./1 meter of the Pinout and the camera, a warning would appear saying that I was in danger of breaking the connection. Again, even if the connection were broken, it seemed that if I were doing a star trails or long exposure, Pinout would continue regardless, which is a relief.
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Above: Beautiful desert scene in Joshua Tree National Park using the Pinout remote control camera device and app on my smartphone.
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Pinout website:
This is the model Pinout I am currently using:
Long Exposure Night Photo with Light Painting Using Pinout. All photos taken with a Nikon D610 and 14-24mm f/2.8 lens on a Feisol tripod with Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead.

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And you can go to the聽Ken Lee Photography website, which has more photos from Ken Lee. 聽Thank you very much for visiting!

The Electric Truck – Light Painted Night Photo

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The Electric Truck (4767)
Pearsonville Auto Salvage Yard, Mojave Desert, California. We had these amazing clouds most of the evening, creating fantastic shapes with or without long exposures.

This is a real photo taken at night. Everything was illuminated by a big bright moon, an almost full moon, almost bright enough to read a book. And setting my tripod-mounted camera to a long exposure made the camera much more sensitive to light than our eyes on this already bright evening. This is why this photo seems brighter than what we might see at night. It is not due to post-processing. The moon, which reflects light from the sun, also makes the sky bluer, and when the photo is a long exposure photo, the sky will appear brighter, making the blue more apparent. I used a handheld LED flashlight to illuminate the automobile, and then used it with a homemade snoot to hit the front headlights to make them glow a bit more while the camera shutter was open for a long time. This is not a post-processing creation. No pixels were harmed during the creation of this photo. 馃榾

I am fascinated with how a single long exposure photo can show movements and the cumulative effects of light in a single image. Thank you for reading this and looking at the image. -Ken

Nikon D610/14-24mm f/2.8, 184 seconds total @ f/8 ISO 200. Oct 2016.

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Photographed with Tim Little, Steve McIntyre, and Troy Paiva.

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Chicken Shack – Night Photo

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Shack in the Mojave Desert near Halloran Springs. Illuminated by a handheld ProtoMachines LED2 flashlight and a full moon.

This is a real photo taken at night. This evening, everything was illuminated by a big bright moon, an almost full moon, almost bright enough to read a book. And setting my tripod-mounted camera to a long exposure made the camera much more sensitive to light than our eyes on this already bright evening. This is why this photo seems brighter than what we might see at night. It is not due to post-processing. The moon, which reflects light from the sun, also makes the sky bluer, and when the photo is a long exposure photo, the sky will appear brighter, making the blue more apparent. I also illuminated the structure with a handheld LED flashlight while the camera shutter was open. This is not a post-processing creation. No pixels were harmed during the creation of this photo. 馃榾

I am fascinated with how a single long exposure photo can show movements and the cumulative effects of light in a single image. Thank you for reading this and looking at the image. -Ken

Nikon D610/14-24mm f/2.8, 143 seconds @ f/8 ISO 200 Oct 2016.

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You can see more of these photos here 聽on my聽Ken Lee Photography Facebook Page聽(poke your head in, say hi, and “like” the page if you would, uh, like), on 500px, or my Ken Lee Google+ Page. We discuss long exposure, night sky, star trails, and coastal long exposure photography, as well as lots of other things, so I hope you can join us!

And you can go to the聽Ken Lee Photography website, which has more photos from Ken Lee. 聽Thank you very much for visiting!

Flushing Out The Moon – night photo

 

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Flushing Out The Moon (4696)
There’s no reason to photograph some of the things I do. 馃榾 Camping
under the stars. I went camping with my girlfriend and some friends at
Mount Pi帽os, CA, near Frazier Park. The campground, McGill, was at
about 7500 ft/2286m. Clean mountain air, beautiful pines,
onion-cheese-jalape帽o soup with sourdough bread, burgers, Coronas with
tons of limes, lots of talk and fun, and a half moon to light the
night.

Geek stuff: Nikon D610/14-24mm f/2.8 lens. 168s f/6.3 ISO 500. 14-24mm
f/2.8 lens. 2016-09-10 22:26.

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Equipment:聽聽Nikon D610,聽Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod.

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Photo: Samuelson’s Rocks (long exposure night photo with light painting, Joshua Tree National Park)

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Another fun mile-long walk in the dark of night across the desert to photograph this area, with some fascinating carved rocks left by a former miner and rancher in the 1920s. I am grateful to my handy GPS, and not so grateful for the cactus that nailed me on the return trip. 馃榾

John Samuelson was a miner and rancher for the Keys Ranch. In the 1920s, he built a cabin and began carving messages into the rocks nearby in what is now Joshua Tree National Park. He eventually moved to Los Angeles with his wife, where he then killed two people in Compton. He was declared insane, but later escaped from the hospital. Illuminated by a ProtoMachines LED2 flashlight and a full moon. 251 second exposure. The photo shows the movement of the stars over a long period of time, created by the movement of the earth. This is not a post-processing creation. No pixels were harmed during the creation of this photo. 馃榾

There are eight rocks with carvings on this hill. Yes, I found all eight.

~~~and now, my horrible Spanish!~~~

Otra diversi贸n a pie por 2 km de largo en la oscuridad de la noche a trav茅s del desierto para fotografiar esta 谩rea, con algunas rocas talladas fascinantes dejados por un antiguo minero y ganadero en la d茅cada de 1920s. Agradezco a mi GPS, y no tan agradecido por los cactus que me clav贸 en el viaje de regreso. 馃榾

John Samuelson era un minero y ganadero para el Keys Ranch. En el 1920s, el construy贸 una cabina y comenz贸 a tallar los mensajes en las rocas cercanas. Con el tiempo se traslad贸 a Los 脕ngeles con su esposa, en la que luego mat贸 a dos personas en Compton. Fue declarado loco, pero m谩s tarde se escap贸 del hospital. Iluminado por una linterna LED 2 ProtoMachines y una luna llena. 251 segundos de exposici贸n. Esta foto muestra el movimiento de las estrellas durante un largo per铆odo de tiempo, y se crea por el movimiento de la tierra. No es una creaci贸n de post-procesamiento. No hay p铆xeles fueron perjudicados en la creaci贸n de esta foto. 馃榾

Hay ocho rocas que tienen tallas en esta colina. S铆, he encontrado todo.

Ken Lee Photography
Joshua Tree National Park, CA, USA/EE.UU.

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Photo: Scenes of Hnjotur in Remote Iceland (Antonov biplane and more)

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Hnjotur, Iceland, where an intact Russian biplane, an Antonov AN2, is kept in this remote part of Iceland, not far from the Latrabjarg Sea Cliffs.

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Photo: Star Trails at the OK Corral (long exposure, Pioneertown, CA)

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Star Trails at the OK Corral (4330)
Cowboy up! It’s Pioneertown, California, began as a Wild West motion picture set in the 1940s, with Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and others among the original developers and investors. The set was designed for the actors to live while using their homes in the movie. The Cisco Kid and many other Westerns were filmed here. Saloons, jails, banks, all the good stuff you need for a Western town. I illuminated the scene while the camera shutter was open with a hand-held Protomachines LED2 flashlight. The circular star trails were created by the very long e 29 minute total exposure, created by the rotation of the earth.
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