Tethered Shooting Fundamentals
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Tethered Shooting Fundamentals

with Richard Harrington

Video: Focus stacking with the CamRanger

Let's give focused stacking a try here. And now I know that that's a new series. So let's go ahead and capture.
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  1. 2m 5s
    1. What this course covers
    2. What you should know before watching
      1m 24s
  2. 9m 56s
    1. An overview of tethered shooting
      3m 17s
    2. The benefits of tethered shooting
      5m 23s
    3. The drawbacks of tethered shooting
      1m 16s
  3. 7m 49s
    1. Why are you tethering?
      1m 58s
    2. Creating a stable platform
      3m 51s
    3. Quick-release mounting for handheld shooting
      2m 0s
  4. 13m 14s
    1. Connection options
      4m 9s
    2. Securing the cable to the camera
      4m 44s
    3. Using tethered live view
      3m 3s
    4. File management for tethered shooting
      1m 18s
  5. 13m 32s
    1. Using a table for tethering
      1m 58s
    2. Using a dedicated tether table
      2m 17s
    3. Selecting a stand or tripod
      3m 4s
    4. Connecting the camera to a computer with a USB cable
      1m 49s
    5. Connecting the camera to a monitor with an HDMI cable
      1m 58s
    6. Keeping cables safe
      2m 26s
  6. 36m 3s
    1. Introduction to software
    2. Tethering with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
      8m 34s
    3. Tethering with Apple Aperture
      5m 28s
    4. Tethering with Canon EOS Utility software
      4m 59s
    5. Tethering with Phase One Capture One Pro
      9m 21s
    6. Tethering with Sofortbild
      4m 46s
    7. Keeping data mirrored on two devices
      2m 9s
  7. 11m 19s
    1. Choosing a card
      1m 54s
    2. Pairing the card to a mobile device
      3m 15s
    3. Using a camera with built-in wireless or an adapter
      6m 10s
  8. 32m 45s
    1. What is the CamRanger?
      1m 27s
    2. Creating a CamRanger network
      1m 10s
    3. Connecting the CamRanger
      1m 24s
    4. Adjusting the camera settings with the CamRanger on a laptop
      4m 25s
    5. Pairing the CamRanger to a mobile device
    6. Adjusting the camera settings with the CamRanger app on a mobile device
      2m 49s
    7. Shooting HDR with the CamRanger
      8m 28s
    8. Focus stacking with the CamRanger
      5m 35s
    9. Shooting time lapse with the CamRanger
      6m 29s
  9. 9m 6s
    1. Shooting with a GoPro
      1m 15s
    2. Setting up the GoPro
      2m 40s
    3. Tethering with a GoPro
      5m 11s
  10. 41s
    1. Wrapping up

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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.

This course was created and produced by Rich Harrington. We are honored to host this content in our library.

Topics include:
  • The benefits and drawbacks of tethered shooting
  • Creating a stable platform
  • Tethering the camera
  • Building a tethered station
  • Tethering with Lightroom, Aperture, and more
  • Choosing a wireless memory card
  • Connecting a CamRanger
  • Shooting with a GoPro
Richard Harrington

Focus stacking with the CamRanger

Let's give focused stacking a try here. Essentially the scenario that I'm trying to capture is, I have a close-up shot of this tree. I'm shooting at a pretty wide-open shot here, I'm at 50 millimeters, and I want the tree in focus, but then as we get further out, we've got this sort of spread of ivy here, and I want to get that in focus, too. Well, the challenge here is it's hard to get that with a single shot, so what I need to do is actually take multiple exposures, moving the focus point around, and I can stack those together in an app like Photoshop and sort of pull it together.

Now, you can do this manually or take advantage of some automated features. Let's start with a manual take. So what I'm going to do here is I'm going to tap on the screen to set my focus point. And I basically tapped right on the ivy on the side of the tree here to set it. Now one of the things I like to do, make it a little bit easier to know where the starting point is, is make a visual slate. So I'll just put my hand in front of the camera here. Take a fresh capture. And now I know that that's a new series. So let's go ahead and capture.

I'll now move the focus point a little further along the edge of the tree. And capture another shot. And then move here. You see the tree has gone out of focus, and I'll make the capture. Now you might be wondering why I'm shooting at f/10 instead of f/22. Well, I really wanted to get enough light when I was on the tree itself, but let's do a series where we do take that aperture down smaller. Remember, one of the benefits of tethering is the ability to change the settings right here. So I'll go to f/22 and reset that there on the tree.

I am shooting in aperture priority mode, which makes it a bit easier for the camera to adjust the other settings. So really the only I'm dictating here is the depth of field. Let's the ISO down just a bit. Alright, now let's mark that new series. Check the depth of field, and start. Move it a little further along the tree. Out to the ivy. Lower corner here. Upper corner. And I'll do the top corner. And the lower corner should be the same here, since the tree's pretty much at the same depth.

Now, that worked pretty well. I captured the whole range of focus, from the front of the tree further out into the ivy. But what I want to do now is actually invoke a bit of automation, and let it capture it that way as well. So let's just go ahead, mark a new series. I'll set the focus there. And you'll note I actually have fine focus controls here if I need 'em. Dial in the number of shots for focus. Let's do ten, that should be plenty. And I'll tell it to do a small step. At this point, set the initial focus, and let's actually take that up to 20 since we're doing small steps.

And I'll hit start. Now, at this point, the CamRanger is being controlled by my iPad. It's passed those instructions to the device, and it's manually adjusting the focus point using a small increment of change, and 20 base exposures. So it's essentially stepping through the focus, and it's going to get that entire range here of my scene. Now, typically, I find that shooting manually works pretty well. And I just tap to set my focus. But using this sort of small increment is a great way when shooting macro type shots if you just want to have some variety.

Think of it as almost exposing or taking focus bracketing as opposed to exposure bracketing. This way basically I'm running through all my different focuses, using a small increment and having it run the options. That's going to make it that much when I got to post, to be able to look through and dial in just the one I want for the depth field. When this finishes I'll do one more focus bracket, but I'm going to drop that f stop down really shallow so we just get lots of options. Alright, we'll cancel that. Let's go to a really shallow depth of field.

I'm going to take that to F4. Reset my focus, and we'll go ahead and run focus stacking, but in this case not because we want to blend them together necessarily. But because I just want to capture several different focus points, so I'm thinking of it as safety or bracketing so I have that whole tree edge in focus. Let's invoke that and it starts to run. Alright, you see here you can tether with the laptop, you can tether with the tablet or with your phone. It's really nice to have that level control.

And in this situation, because I'm shooting something that's really tight, it's also great that I can get my hands off the camera, and reduce any vibration, or any potential error that I might introduce to the shot.

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