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Another way that you can import photographs into Lightroom is by using what's called Tethered Capture. Tethered Capture entails connecting your camera to your computer via a cord, so that when you capture images, those images can be saved on your hard drive, and then directly imported into Lightroom. Let's take a look at just a couple of shortcuts that we can use when we're using Tethered Capture. In the Library module, let's navigate to the File pulldown menu. Here we're going to select Tethered Capture, and then go ahead and Start Tethered Capture.
This allows us to dial in some Tethered Capture Settings. I'm just going to use these default settings here, and simply click OK. Once we've done that, it will pick up the camera that we have; also the settings which we have for the camera. In order to take a picture, we can either click on the shutter release button on our camera, or you can press the Capture button here. In this case, I'm just taking a photograph of the coffee mug that I'm using, and we'll see how that will be imported into Lightroom. You know, a lot of times with Tethered Capture, this helps us to view our images really quickly to check focus, and composition; it gives this larger preview of our photographs.
It also helps us so that we can really start to work on the images pretty quickly. Yet, a trick with Tethered Capture is that this dialogue, here it's just too big. It's hard to position this anywhere where it isn't covering up something important. So what I want to do is I want to talk about a few shortcuts that you can use in order to minimize, or to hide this Tethered Capture dialog. One technique that you can use is you can hold down the Option key on a Mac, or Alt key on Windows. Notice that it changes that X icon to a little dash.
If you click on that, it will then the minimize this, so that we can then position this somewhere where it's out of the way, so that we can then access the rest of the Lightroom interface. If we go ahead and hold down the Option key on a Mac, or Alt key on Windows, notice the X turns into a plus icon. Here we can click on that in order to expand this dialogue, then we can click and drag to move this around. All right, well, what about hiding this altogether? Let's say that we don't even want to see that dialogue. Well, to hide it altogether, you press Command+T on a Mac, or Control+T on Windows.
Now, this didn't stop or quit my Tethered Capture session; rather, it's just hiding that element of the interface. In order to shoot, here I would just press on the shutter release button on my camera, then I could take a picture, and you could see how it would be automatically imported here into Lightroom, and we can see that photograph here.
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