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Setting up tethered capture

From: Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

Video: Setting up tethered capture

Here in this brief chapter, I want to focus in on tethered capture. Now what tethered capture allows us to do is to connect our cameras to our computers, and what you can do is you can capture images on your camera that will be saved directly to your computer's hard drive. Lightroom will then automatically import those photographs into its Lightroom catalog. It will generate previews, so you can start to evaluate and work on your photographs. Now why would you actually want to work with tethered capture? Well, you may want to do this because you are a studio photographer, or perhaps you have an art director or someone who wants to see those images right away.

Setting up tethered capture

Here in this brief chapter, I want to focus in on tethered capture. Now what tethered capture allows us to do is to connect our cameras to our computers, and what you can do is you can capture images on your camera that will be saved directly to your computer's hard drive. Lightroom will then automatically import those photographs into its Lightroom catalog. It will generate previews, so you can start to evaluate and work on your photographs. Now why would you actually want to work with tethered capture? Well, you may want to do this because you are a studio photographer, or perhaps you have an art director or someone who wants to see those images right away.

So as you are capturing them, they can view those photographs right inside of Lightroom. Or perhaps you find it difficult to evaluate your photos on that small little LCD screen on the back of your camera. Well, by using tethered capture in Lightroom, you can have a much larger preview really quickly, as it imports those photos into Lightroom. Well, here what I want to do is first talk about setting things up and then next, dig a little bit deeper into how we can work with white balance in order to expedite our overall tethered capture workflow.

Well the first step, of course, is to turn our camera and then connect our camera to our computer. Next step, in regards to working in Lightroom, is to go to the File pulldown menu. Here we want to choose Tethered Capture and then Start Tethered Capture. Now one of the things that you want to do is you want to give your photo shoot a name. Here you can see I have a demo name "booth-demo," and it shows me my naming convention based on this photo shoot, or this session. Now I can select a destination where these images will be saved--in this case, my Exercise Files folder.

Next step, I can go down and add some metadata. I could also create a preset. For example, I will go ahead and choose New, and the new preset that I want to create is one with my copyright information, so that every time when image is imported into Lightroom it will have this information on it. Now I'll go ahead and add all of this here and then click Create. You can see here that you can also add some keywords as well, "demo, lynda.com," and also how about "ventura?" All right, here I will click OK.

The next thing that we'll see is that we have this Tethered Capture dialog here. This shows us the camera that we are working with. This shows us some other elements in regards to our exposure, our shutter speed, our F stop, our ISO, our white balance. Then we have the option to control our Develop settings. What I want to do first is just take a demo or a sample image. I want to see how I am doing here. So to do that, I can either click on the Shutter Release button on the camera or I can click on the Capture button here. Now currently, I am inside of this little recording booth, and here at lynda.com, I found some of these really interesting kind of nested Russian dolls here. And they just have some neat graphics painted on them, so I thought it will be fun to include those.

Well so far, so good. I have my first image, yet I am noticing that there are a few problems. There are few things that I am going to want to modify in order to make sure these images are coming into Lightroom in an even more effective way. Well let's take a look at how we can improve this process a little bit, and let's do that in the next movie.

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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

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  1. 5m 57s
    1. Welcome
      2m 11s
    2. Strategies for success
      1m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
  2. 39m 0s
    1. Understanding how Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop work together
      6m 25s
    2. Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop
      6m 35s
    3. Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop
      4m 7s
    4. Resolving Camera Raw mismatches
      7m 47s
    5. Customizing external editor naming
      3m 54s
    6. Stacking multiple photos
      5m 25s
    7. What to do when Bridge isn't seeing the raw adjustments
      4m 47s
  3. 18m 30s
    1. Setting up an additional external editor
      6m 38s
    2. Should I work with TIFF or PSD files?
      1m 3s
    3. Setting up an export preset
      4m 4s
    4. Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom
      6m 45s
  4. 11m 46s
    1. What are catalogs and why do they matter?
      3m 38s
    2. Where are my images?
      4m 2s
    3. The nuts and bolts of catalogs
      1m 52s
    4. Understanding catalogs, collections, and folders
      2m 14s
  5. 15m 22s
    1. Working with folders
      3m 22s
    2. Working with collections
      3m 55s
    3. The collections workflow
      8m 5s
  6. 16m 5s
    1. Exporting and importing catalogs
      7m 52s
    2. Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
      2m 10s
    3. When to use multiple catalogs on one computer
      3m 40s
    4. Cleaning up the catalog mess
      2m 23s
  7. 10m 55s
    1. Catalog backup defaults
      4m 7s
    2. Performing a better catalog backup
      3m 45s
    3. Restoring from a backup catalog
      1m 27s
    4. Optimizing catalogs
      1m 36s
  8. 12m 24s
    1. Hard drive options
      9m 50s
    2. Further resources
      2m 34s
  9. 9m 46s
    1. Setting up tethered capture
      3m 12s
    2. Custom tethered capture white balance
      6m 34s
  10. 43m 38s
    1. Enhancing eyes
      8m 59s
    2. Whitening teeth
      2m 51s
    3. Smoothing skin
      6m 45s
    4. Reducing small blemishes
      6m 56s
    5. Darkening or dodging with the Adjustment brush
      2m 29s
    6. Adding dimensions and contrast
      4m 53s
    7. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes
      7m 10s
    8. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 2: Smoothing skin
      3m 35s
  11. 21m 42s
    1. Understanding color space and preventing color profile mismatch
      3m 29s
    2. Monitor calibration with ColorMunki
      1m 5s
    3. Working with ColorChecker Passport
      59s
    4. Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile
      5m 44s
    5. Choosing and applying a profile
      6m 42s
    6. Saving a profile as a preset
      3m 43s
  12. 19m 0s
    1. Are your prints too dark?
      5m 47s
    2. Monitor brightness presets
      3m 4s
    3. Custom grid layouts
      3m 38s
    4. Importing and exporting custom presets
      2m 31s
    5. Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage
      4m 0s
  13. 20m 19s
    1. Designing a custom watermark in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    2. Implementing a custom watermark
      3m 54s
    3. Using a custom watermark for effect in a slideshow
      5m 54s
    4. Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery
      3m 31s
  14. 15m 28s
    1. Exporting images for a Blurb photo book
      6m 45s
    2. Downloading and installing Blurb BookSmart
      44s
    3. Building and designing a Blurb book
      7m 59s
  15. 17m 26s
    1. Publishing to the iPhone or iPad
      8m 45s
    2. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 24s
    3. Publishing to Flickr
      3m 19s
    4. Publishing to SmugMug
      2m 58s
  16. 17m 31s
    1. Web galleries and web hosting
      2m 52s
    2. Creating and uploading a gallery
      6m 29s
    3. Popular web gallery plug-ins
      3m 10s
    4. Installing and uploading a web gallery plug-in
      5m 0s
  17. 25m 44s
    1. Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray
      5m 33s
    2. Exporting to a blog
      9m 16s
    3. Exporting for the web
      3m 26s
    4. Exporting and posting a slideshow or video
      4m 34s
    5. Creating a Lightroom screensaver
      2m 55s
  18. 10m 10s
    1. Creating a client web gallery template
      4m 1s
    2. Sending high-resolution images via FTP
      6m 9s
  19. 10m 23s
    1. Emailing images from Lightroom
      5m 31s
    2. Emailing images from Lightroom with Gmail
      4m 52s
  20. 11m 59s
    1. Installing plug-ins
      6m 17s
    2. Accessing plug-ins
      3m 10s
    3. Creative plug-in resources
      2m 32s
  21. 45m 6s
    1. General navigation shortcuts
      6m 21s
    2. Importing shortcuts
      5m 49s
    3. Library module shortcuts
      8m 15s
    4. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1
      4m 42s
    5. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2
      4m 29s
    6. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 3
      5m 24s
    7. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 4
      3m 39s
    8. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 5
      5m 11s
    9. Shortcut resources
      1m 16s
  22. 6m 13s
    1. General tips
      2m 28s
    2. Increasing the cache size for greater speed
      3m 45s
  23. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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