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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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Let's take a look at Canon's capture solution, which is available to anybody who purchases a Canon camera. Now, for Nikon users, the Nikon solution costs extra. And I think it's a bit expensive, plus it hasn't been updated in a really long time. So, I've swapped to a Canon body just to show you the Canon solution. For Nikon users, I'm going to have some ideas for you in just a second. I'm go ahead and launch Canon software. And what you're going to do is decide what you want to do when you launch it. I'm going to use Ctrl + camera here and do camera settings in remote shooting.
Once I trigger that, it opens up a new window. You can click Preferences here to make a few adjustments. And this lets you say what sort of format is going to transfer. Do you want the RAWs, the JPEGs, et cetera? If this is unchecked and you're shooting RAW plus JPEG, both the RAW and the JPEG transfer. Otherwise, if you are shooting RAW or JPEG, just those transfer, or in this mode, just the JPEG files. Now, we've got the ability here to automatically control things a bit, and you note that there's other settings.
So for example, when I launch it, I'm going to show the main window to choose which task I want. If you only want to go to remote capture, you could set it for that. Next, you could choose where they go. So let's browse and select an external drive. There we go. And note we can actually tell it what to do. I could tell it how to arrange them. Year, month, date. And it's going to name that folder with today's shoot. File name, I can also modify the file names if I want. So note, we can go ahead and put the shooting date plus a number.
Or, do a prefix plus a number. There we go. And you see what it's going to do there with the naming. I've already set the images to pull down, not to download any additional images There's our remote shooting. I can tell it which software to send the images to. You can use other Cannon software to connect. And that's looking good, so let's click OK. Let's go ahead and take a test shot. Now, the shot's pretty good, but the whole idea here is the ability to actually control the camera. Because I'm using Cannon software for my Cannon camera, you would think the two could actually talk, and the good news is, they can.
So I can come in here and actually adjust. I know my shutter speed should be 250 up here. And I'm going to stop down just a little bit. Let's try that. Little too low. There we go. Not too bad. Let's adjust the ISO just a bit. And I can see the images commit. You'll actually notice that if you have other controls, like if I was using a regular speed light, I could actually control it here if it was connected. Now in this case, I'm not using speed lights. I've got strobe so it's not going to work, but you get the idea. You also can make some basic adjustments here for things like copyright and extra information.
In this case, I invoke to test shoot. This allows me to actually look at the image and temporarily store it. That's looking pretty good. I'll go ahead and close that. Let's change the format here to RAW. And I'm going to go with a different metering type. Go a little more center weighted. You see here, what's nice is that you really can control the camera. Now different camera bodies are going to have different levels of support, with how much you can do. And some of the newer cameras get even more flexible. But I really like how Canon has partnered with the hardware side and the software side, to make sure that you can actually control the camera.
So instead of having to run back and forth from the camera to the computer, I can make those refinements to the camera settings without having to dig into the menu or possibly bump the camera. And it's this level of integration which is really nice that you get that precise control, without having to just constantly run back and forth from camera to computer. Now, let's take a look at some third party solutions, in case, you're not shooting Cannon, or you'd like some, even, additional options
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