Reply to my own thread because it's all good.
Being an apt-get and yum guy, I thought the "search" was actually searching repositories. Turns out I guess not, because I basically stumbled across http://downloads.lede-project.org/snapshots/packages/mipsel_24kc/ which has gobs of stuff, including gphoto2, the libraries, and camera drivers already to go. Installed, working, awesome.
Hopefully this helps an experienced linux person but a total noob to embedded systems like me.