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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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One of my primary concerns when tethering is that the camera is safe. A lot of times when I'm shooting tethered, I'm not touching the camera, and it needs to be able to stand on its own. The last thing you want to see is the camera tipped over on its side or smashed on the ground, because that's going to lead to an expensive repair bill. So you're going to want to make sure that the tripod is 100% stable. And, there's lots of different solutions out there. Now, I've got a heavy duty tripod here, which is great. And, what I'm going to do is, take advantage of extending these legs from the top first.
So what I want to make sure, is that I extend these out, and that I build it outward from the top. Get that turned in so it's really tight, there we go. Pull that down. Good. And at this point, I could leave that pretty much where it is. Let's just make sure that those are even, and let's just pull this bottom one in. Excellent. Now, one of the things I like to make sure of is that these are really tight. Now, you're not going to have a lot of weight on here, but you don't want this sagging over time. So if you're using a twist type tripod, just make sure everything is locked down. Don't crank it so hard that you can never untwist it, but make sure things are safe.
So nice and solid, there we go. There we go, all right, and we can take the legs open. Now, this particular tripod is an Induro. There's lots of brands out there. This is my more stable studio tripod, or the heavy duty one I use for things like time-lapse and panoramic photography. Note, I could push pretty hard on this. That's a lot of weight. And it's not moving. That's a good thing. Now, what we're going to do is just adjust the head here, and level things off. We got that basically level we could tweak that later.
And, I've got a rail-type system here. So, since I'm going to be shooting with a macro lens, I can easily move the camera in and out without having to move the tripod. So, that's a good idea. What's going to happen here with this is that I don't have to worry about constantly moving the tripod. Instead, I can just move the camera. Now, this type of rail system is a nice to have, not a necessity, but it's one of those things that's an easy investment as you start to build out. Let me just go ahead and start with that there. We'll tighten it down. And I've got that nice and secure.
On the bottom here I actually have a hook. So if I was concerned at all about things, I could hang a sand bag off of that for even extra weight to make it that much more stable. Let's drop that in place. There we go. And, what I'm going to do there, is keep the back leg towards the back and the two front legs are nice and close to the table. This lets me get really close. And at this point, we could bring the camera in. Now, for this particular type of shooting, I am using an Arca-Swiss style plate. This particular one is from really right stuff. These's lots of ones out there. But what I like is when I clamp this in, the camera is not coming off.
So I can go ahead and drop that in, line it up and it's good. Not that I recommend this as a regular type thing but note that plate is really solid. There we go. And at this point, I don't have to worry about the camera coming out of the tripod. You'll also note that I don't have to worry about the tripod falling over. So, that's a good stable platform. Lots of weight there. So even a little accidental pull or tug isn't going to push it over. At this point, I feel pretty confident that things are secure and we can go ahead and get ready for some of the next steps.
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