Tethered Shooting Fundamentals
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Tethered Shooting Fundamentals

with Richard Harrington

Video: Tethering with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Let's start by taking a look at one of Once you're in Lightroom it's pretty easy.
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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

Tethering with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Let's start by taking a look at one of the most popular applications out there, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. And what you'll find is that several cameras are supported by Lightroom but it's a pretty streamlined tether workflow. One of the things I'd like to point out, if you just do a simple web search in Lightroom Help, you can find a list of supported cameras. This list is constantly updated and you'll see that it's actually sorted by which version of Lightroom. Newer versions of Lightroom will support newer cameras.

And as you look here, you'll see the minimum version required in order to add that support. For example, the 5D, Mark III, which is a newer camera, requires Lightroom 4.2. While the Mark II will work with version three. So, just make sure that the version of your camera and version of your software lines up, so you get the results you expect. Once you're in Lightroom it's pretty easy. Just choose File > Tethered Capture > Start Tethered Capture. This allows you to name this. So let's get this a new session here.

And then notice that I could actually segment photos by shots. If I want to start a new shot for each product. I could assign a number, as well as a naming template. You'll notice here, several different names. So, for example, I could have the name of the session followed by a sequence number, or filename. And you see that there's lots of options here as you work, so I can go with a four digit number if I want, on import. Or perhaps I could say, insert the actual file name after the number from the session.

I could have it tag it with the date. With month, date, year. Or year, month, date for that matter. And that gives me a very unique file name. All right, that's looking good. Let's save that as a template, and click Create. When I choose done, it's now ready to begin. Now I already have some numbered items here. But I'll start over with one, since I adjusted the naming template. Next, I choose where I want this stored. So I can click the Choose button and navigate to a drive.

In this case, I'm going to use this external drive and make a new folder, and choose it. You'll notice that you can actually assign metadata templates as well. So if you want to assign some basic information, you could do that. For example, I can come down here to the Copyright field and enter my information. As well as my website. And know that you can load in extra information as you're working, taking any of the fields that you see fit to have that information automatically added to the images. Alright, that looks good. Let's name that.

And I'll click OK. Once you've gone through and set up the session with all the metadata details, you're ready to start shooting. Remember we've already walked you through the process of properly connecting the camera to the computer. Make sure that the camera is connected and powered on before you launch Lightroom to ensure that the connection is successful. Now that it's connected, I can see the camera here. In fact, if you have multiple cameras connected, you can even switch between them. It's got the name of the session and the first shot. I can give that a different name if I want. For example, we can call this Autumn Arrangement.

And I see all of my settings for the camera. Lightroom doesn't actually let you change the settings on the camera. You have to walk over and do that. Other tethering apps will give you this control, but of course if you're a Lightroom user, you have to buy those other tools. So let's just make a small adjustment on the camera. There we go. And you'll note that everything updated over here. I'm going to change the shutter speed. There's my test shot. Now we're close. Looks like my shutter speed is off just a little bit. We're getting a sync line on the flash, so let's drop down to 200. There we go.

And that's good. So at this point I've got my controls and when I'm ready I can just click the button to fire. Any adjustments I want to make can happen to the lights. Here we go. And let's just slightly recompose the camera. And everything's there. I could continue to fire here from the computer and trigger the results that I need. Remember, while working you can assign presets. I definitely like how that's looking for that style but let's go with the more commercial friendly setting. And we'll just put a little bit of punch in there. And the new preset is applied. Remember, the true flexibility here is the ability to immediately start working with the images, and checking details.

So, with this picture selected, I could zoom to check 100% focus. Looks like everything's very sharp, that's working well. Let's put a little more clarity in, with a little bit of toning. And I'm going to pop the colors a little bit more with vibrance. I like that. I can zoom out to see multiple images or go back in and start to work, and definitely get an idea of what's happening. Let's go ahead and switch from a portrait to a vertical orientation. There we go. Take the camera back just a little.

Alright. Let's do a little bit of work with that image real quick. I'll double click to open it. Switch over to the Develop module for a second. And you see we can actually manipulate that image in real time. Alright. I've got a little bit on the right edge to clean up, but that's looking pretty good. Now, one of the main benefits of being able to tweak as you're working is that you could see what is and isn't working. Through the view finder, it seemed about right, but we're in a tough situation here because see, normally when I shoot my pictures, I don't have all these extra video lights around. And right now there's other lights. There's some hanging here and there.

And it's just creating some light pollution on set. So I needed to make some tweaks to my photography lighting as well as the video lighting so it wasn't affecting my photo shoot. And that's what's nice. As I go through here and I could review some of the progression. I could see how tweaks in the physical light environment modify things. So at this point, I'm feeling that the lighting's pretty good. Let's fire off another test shot That's looking good. I've got my product shot, lots of room on the side, so this is going to work out really well. And I really have a good shot that's going to be ready for a website.

I wanted a nice, clean white backdrop, I've got that. Product's clearly in focus. If I'm ever doubting that, I could just zoom right here on the image. Cmd+plus, let that load in, and I can absolutely see what it is that I have, and that's great. I've got a nice depth of field with the entire product in focus, and I can really see what looks good. That's going to work really well for the client's website.

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