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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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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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