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I am interested in starting a project in which I control the shutter of a camera with a photoresistor.  I have been researching how to do so, but am unsure about which would be the best method. 

I want to place an object on top of a photo resistor, and when the object is lifted and light is exposed to the resistor, the shutter fires.  The most logical way of doing this seems to be hacking a remote for my Nikon D80 to the circuit and having this control the shutter.  So far, I have found information about how to create a trip wire with a photo resistor and laser pointer, but not with only the photo resistor.

Any ideas or advice for me?  I'm new to Arduino and need help!


Since all you want is a single shutter press signal you might be able to record it and play it back with the Arduino controlling a IR LED.  See the IR Remote Library: http://www.arcfn.com/2009/08/multi-protocol-infrared-remote-library.html

Using an analog input you can just look for a change in resistance of the CDS cell.  The value will change with the amount of light.  If you check once a second and trigger on ant change of more than, say, 10, you don't even need to care if the value goes up or down.

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