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Checking the shots on a computer

From: Up and Running with Studio Strobes

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The whole purpose of shooting tethered is so I'll switch out of the Library module and go into the Develop module.

Checking the shots on a computer

The whole purpose of shooting tethered is so that you can start seeing your images right away. And for most photographers these days, they're used to working with their images in the actual software tool. Maybe it's Photoshop Lightroom. Or you're using Apple's Aperture. Or another dedicated utility. Well, the good news is, is that by tethering, the images have been downloading through the whole shoot, and I could actually start to look at them. This means if I want to check critical sharpness, or exposure, or start to apply some looks or presets, I could begin that process while I'm shooting, which, quite simply, leads to less fixing it in post.

Let's see how it works. I'll switch out of the Library module and go into the Develop module. And, I could also close my Capture Control now, because I'm not using it. But, if needed, we could reinvoke that later with the File menu. There's all of my images across the bottom, and I can see things here, which is great. Let's twirl that down. Notice, I actually have histograms. So, as I step through looking at some of the different images, the histogram updates, making it really easy to evaluate that with precise accuracy.

There we go, and I see the different options. That's looking pretty good. Outside of proofing, I could start to use all of the standard controls. So, for example, let's zoom in here a little bit. I'll create a proof copy, and I'm just going to start increasing exposure. Taking that down, easy to make digital adjustments. I can work with my curves. I'll lift the highlights there just a little bit, and make my shadows a little crisper. I like how that's working. Notice, we can affect the overall presence with Clarity.

You generally don't want to put too much clarity into female features, but that works well, and I'm going to bring out her skin just a little bit more with vibrance. That's looking great. All my standard Lightroom controls are available, and I could start to really work with things like curves and toning. One of the things I love the most though, is the ability to take a look at detail. And you see how simple it is there to check areas of critical focus. Let's go into the eye region a bit. That's looking rock solid. Additionally, you can always zoom in, using your standard controls in an application.

And I could take a look and check those areas to see critical focus. Now I'm enlarged higher than 100% here, but that definitely worked. And as we pull out there, we can really check our photos to ensure that the results we're getting actually match what we think we're getting. And I'm very happy there. Abba's getting good photos. Now, as we take a look through this, everything else is available. So, the ability to simulate Lens Corrections, or the ability to even use some of the quick looks.

So, I've turned on Lens Correction there. It compensates a bit for the wide angle aspect of the lens. Showing me a little bit more truly, what the photos going to look like. And as I take a look here at the bottom, you'll notice some great effects. This is where we could play with things like, vignetting the edges a bit to really draw the focus in on our model. The good news here is if I come up with a certain developed look that I'm happy with, I could actually create a preset and then as the images load into Lightroom, apply that preset.

That's going to simulate the post processing or even start the post processing for me. Go ahead and consider tethering on set. As you shoot, taking advantage of connecting your camera right to your laptop computer or even a desktop computer if you're in a studio environment. And you can absolutely start to take better control, and see that the results you're getting are the results that you want.

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Up and Running with Studio Strobes

62 video lessons · 5126 viewers

Richard Harrington and Abba Shapiro

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  1. 4m 6s
    1. Welcome
      2m 4s
    2. What you should know to get the most from this course
      2m 2s
  2. 6m 26s
    1. Shooting with strobes
      1m 23s
    2. Strobe lighting allows you to shoot with an increased depth of field
    3. Strobe lighting has faster recharge times than flashes
      1m 39s
    4. Strobe lighting is good at freezing action
    5. Strobe lighting offers many modifiers to shape light
      1m 38s
  3. 7m 34s
    1. Continuous lighting is easier for a beginner to understand
      1m 47s
    2. Continuous lighting makes it easier to achieve soft-light looks
      2m 57s
    3. Continuous lighting is useful if mixing video into the shoot
      2m 50s
  4. 20m 47s
    1. Buying piecemeal vs. buying a kit
      2m 29s
    2. Criteria for selecting lights
      5m 57s
    3. How many lights do you need?
      3m 0s
    4. How much power do you need
      5m 37s
    5. Mixing brands
      3m 44s
  5. 16m 40s
    1. Monolights and flash heads
      2m 22s
    2. Reflectors and diffusers
      3m 54s
    3. Lighting stands and booms
      3m 49s
    4. Power pack or power supplies
      4m 29s
    5. Sync cable
      2m 6s
  6. 19m 7s
    1. Handling the lamp or bulb
      2m 52s
    2. The role of the modeling light
      4m 36s
    3. Keeping lights cool
      1m 46s
    4. The master and slave relationship for lighting
      4m 5s
    5. Essential controls
      5m 48s
  7. 14m 59s
    1. Connecting the sync cable
      3m 16s
    2. Using a wireless transmitter
      7m 7s
    3. Slaving with a speedlight
      4m 36s
  8. 34m 6s
    1. Setting shutter sync speed
      4m 56s
    2. Setting an initial aperture and ISO
      2m 28s
    3. Controlling power output
      3m 1s
    4. Moving lights (the inverse-square rule)
      2m 8s
    5. Using a light meter in camera
      4m 4s
    6. Using an external light meter
      1m 45s
    7. Test shooting with one light at a time
      2m 5s
    8. Putting it all together
      1m 39s
    9. Controlling exposure with power or aperture
      1m 6s
    10. Refining exposure with ISO
      1m 39s
    11. Tethering to a laptop
      5m 22s
    12. Checking the shots on a computer
      3m 53s
  9. 31m 38s
    1. Modifying strobe lights
      1m 9s
    2. Bouncing the light with a reflector
      4m 26s
    3. Bouncing the light with a bounce card
      1m 12s
    4. Shaping the light with a beauty dish
      3m 5s
    5. Diffusing the light with an umbrella
      5m 50s
    6. Diffusing the light with a softbox
      4m 49s
    7. Focusing the light with a snoot
      6m 58s
    8. Modeling the light with grids and honeycombs
      2m 2s
    9. Using flags to restrict the light
      2m 7s
  10. 14m 50s
    1. Three-light setup
      6m 52s
    2. Three-light dramatic portrait
      4m 59s
    3. Four-light setup
      2m 59s
  11. 46m 56s
    1. Take the challenge
    2. Solution
    3. Portrait challenge 1
      8m 6s
    4. Portrait challenge 2
      3m 10s
    5. Portrait challenge 3
      12m 55s
    6. Portrait challenge 4
      3m 19s
    7. Portrait challenge 5
      4m 28s
    8. Portrait challenge 6
      9m 5s
    9. Portrait challenge 7
      4m 29s
  12. 39s
    1. Next steps

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