Tethered Shooting Fundamentals
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Tethered Shooting Fundamentals

with Richard Harrington

Video: Securing the cable to the camera

Whichever cables you use, you want to make sure they're secure. And let's just pull this strap out of the way here. And you see we've got the USB connection.
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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

Securing the cable to the camera

Whichever cables you use, you want to make sure they're secure. You see, on the side of the camera here, it's pretty fragile. And you don't want to have a lot of tension put on these ports. So, you want to make sure that as you're connecting things, nothing's going to get damaged. So, to do this, you need to secure the cable. Let's start by opening things up here a little bit. I'll just pop that panel. There we go. And let's just pull this strap out of the way here. And you see we've got the USB connection. Line that up and I connect it. What you don't want happening is this cable to get pulled out.

As tension's put on this cable, it's going to stress the port. More stress on the port, more damage to the camera. It's possible that if you crack this port, you'll have to send the camera in for service. Now you might be thinking I don't use the USB port that often. It's not a big deal. Cameras are super small and so cracking something over here means it's probably connected to another logic board of the camera or something that's pretty critical and it's going to cause you problems. So what do you do? Well I've got a couple of different things here.

One of the things you can do is just use a simple velcro strap. So you see here, pretty easy. This is a typical one you can get at a computer store. What's nice about it is tape that around and put that through. And essentially, that's going to stay put. So now it's pretty easy. I could just go right here through the frame of my L bracket. Pull that. Tie it down. And you see I got that pretty securely. Little tug on that. It's going to hold, that works pretty well.

And that's taken some of the pressure off. It's not great, but it's going to work pretty well. You also can go ahead and use something like this. This is just a bongo tie, and the benefit of the bongo tie is that it has a little peg to hold in place. I could take that, wrap it around, and connect it, and you see that it holds the cable really nicely. Now, that's just one way to attach it. Two pretty low-tech things that you could find in just about any consumer electronics store or any sort of computer store, are BongoTies and Velcro ties. Of course, there are some dedicated things out there.

One of those products is actually called a JerkStopper. And it just works pretty well to keep the cable in place. This is what it looks like here. Now, the exact one you get is going to vary depending upon your camera manufacturer and the option that you have. And they make these for different ends. This one's from a company called Tether Tools. Essentially, we've got a little piece here. Where the cable's going to sit and then a clip that clips on. That's going to hold that clip in place and it's going to keep the cable from moving. The other end here is just a simple thing that could attach to the camera.

We'll just take that through the small area of the strap. You can go through the eyelet if you don't have a strap on it and connect that. And pull it through, so that's nice and secure. And then you can take this piece and connect it. That worked well. This point, slide that off. Let's pull this other strap off for now. Take that down. Line that up, nice and easy. And then just slip that on and connect it. And you see it holds really well.

So what's going to happen there is that's going to keep the cable from moving around. Now, you could set that even tighter if you want. This is a ridge system, so you can really get that nice and snug. And that's just going to hold the cable in place. Let's move the bongo tie down here for a second. And you see that now the cable's not under tension. Freely attached, but even if the camera gets pulled by the cable or somebody trips on it, none of that stress is going to the port. As this gets pulled, and I don't want to tip my camera over, but we'll give it a little assistance there. You see, it's not putting any pressure on the port.

All of that is transferred here to the jerk-stopper, so a tug or a jerk or a trip doesn't put any stress on the USB port and keeps everything absolutely safe. I don't care what system you use. Just use something to remove the tension. Any pull on your USB cable should not translate to a pull at the port level. It should either pull the camera body, or pull the tripod, or even both. Just make sure you stop the jerks from damaging the camera.

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