These days digital cameras are equiped with back LCD displays which allow us to see the captured photo instantly. They even have varioous photo editing options to edit photos directly in camera. Zoom feature is also present which allows photographer to enlarge the photo to analyze the details captured.
Although zoom helps a lot but still in some cases picture as seen on camera LCD is different when viewed on your computer screen. Once the shoot is over and we download the images to computer and start vieweing it sometimes its observed that some details of some aspects of the photo is not correct as it should be which may be dissappointing for a shoot which can not be repeated.
Tethered shooting is a way to take pictures from camera and see them directly in computer instantly. Here is how it is done.
- Tethered shooting setup
What we need for Tethered shooting:
* A Camera with USB port
* A USB cable
* A computer
* A software that allows tethered shooting
Usually camera is set on a tripod. Camera is connected to computer via a USB cable. Cameras have a USB port and the cable is mostly supplied with it.
What you need to have is a software that understands your camera. There are many softwares available which support multiple vendors camera models. Often this is a paid software. In our case here I am using “Adobe Lightroom 3″.
Start your software and open the Tethered shooting window.
Connect your camera using a cable. You will notice that software will detect your camera and is displayed with model number. Other details shown are Aperture, Shutter speed, ISO values of the current settings in your camera.
Setup your shot and then go to your computer screen and click on the shutter button on screen. This way you can sit back and relax and keep on shooting. Pictures are directly loaded in your computer and you can view each and every detail simultaneously and adjust your camera and subject settings in between.
See the screenshot of a photo shoot I did for apples using tethered shooting.
Tethered shooting using Adobe Lightroom
You can see there is a tool bar over the image which display the Camera model as “D90″ which is connected and the exposure settings in the camera. On the right side of the tool bar there is a cicular button for triggering the shutter release of the camera.
At the bottom of the screen there is a strip bar which displays various pictures taken during the shoot.
Some softwares even allow you to see live view directly into the computer screen.
Advantages of Tethered shooting:
* Allows you to see the picture instantly in computer
* You can analyse the shots during the photoshoot only rather than dissappointing once all is over
* It acts like a remote release for your camera too
* No need to import photograpghs as pictures are directly saved in computer
* Show to client instantly and get their feedback instantly
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