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Connecting a computer to your DSLR camera opens up a brand-new world of opportunities in image making. You can gain greater control over your in-camera adjustments and get a more accurate picture of your lighting and setup. In this course, Rich Harrington introduces the tethered shooting workflow and shows how to connect your camera to a computer, an external monitor, and even an iPad or mobile device. He'll review the shooting environment, building the tethered station, software solutions for tethering, and wireless shooting with a CamRanger or GoPro camera. These techniques work well both in the studio and in the field, so you'll be prepared for all tethered shooting scenarios.
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Let's go ahead and start a new session. It's going to attempt to connect to the CamRanger. At this point, I could fire off a test shot, and you see it works very much like the desktop version. Now, I need to make a few adjustments here, because it's not quite right. I definitely don't need ISO 3200, so let's pull that down to, we'll start at 100. And I'll take the f stop up to f16. And let's get a more reasonable shutter speed to match what we need for strobe photography. For a Nikon thats going to be 200th of a second and on a Canon you're usually going to use 1/250th.
So there we go 1/200th. Lets take another test shot. And it's downloading right to my device. Now, it takes a second because it is a wireless connection, but it is just as fast as the desktop version. There it is. Double tap to zoom. You can actually see what you've got there pretty accurately. And if you're going to go ahead and use LiveView, make sure you take advantage of modeling lights or have a base lighting level in order to work. We're in a pretty dark studio so I had to put the modeling lights on to see things. But I can now tap to set my focus. There we go.
I've moved it down a bit to get to the base. It's going to work well. Let's do a test shot here. I'll switch back to photography. And do a capture. Sees the image. Pulls it down. Let's have a look. Now to speed things up, I can go ahead and switch to RAW plus JPEG. And that's going to pull down that preview image that much faster. Let's do a fine quality but a medium size. You'll note now when I capture that the JPEG is going to come down much quicker than RAW file because it's easily a 10th of the size. It detects the image, and downloads it much more quickly.
Double tap to zoom and you can really see what you have there. I set the focus, that's looking really good. Now, I'm pretty excited. There's lots of cool options in here. I've got the ability to do an HDR. I could do time-lapse photography. I could record video. I could do focus stacking, which is a great technique for macro photography. Let's head out into the field for a few minutes and I'll just give you a couple of creative ideas, and how you could use tethering. I'm going to stick with the Cam Ranger because I've got it all hooked up. But this is really easy. You could bring the laptop out there or use any of the other more advanced tethering software packages I've showed you earlier.
And a lot of these are going to support these advanced workflows. So let's go get creative and make some great shots.
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