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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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You might assume that you actually have to buy software in order to tether, but there are some free solutions on the market. For example, let's take a look at an application that's donationware called Sofortbild, and it allows Nikon users to control their cameras remotely. All right, I'm going to go ahead and swap out the flower arrangement for another one, please, so let's put the tag to the back. It's a dry flower arrangement. There we go. Let's just get a test shot, sort of see where we're at to begin. All right, if I take this here, let's go back a little. Okay.
Now my shutter speeds off a little bit, I need to switch to 200th of a second here. You can see the sync line at the bottom. And let's refine the aperture. We'll stop down a little more. That's looking a lot better. And note here that I've got the ability to actually make adjustments. So, if needed, I could do exposure compensation here. And because this has a lot of dark in it, let's just bump up that ISO a bit. And we'll stick with RAW. And change the metering style. All right. Looking a lot better there. It averaged out the exposure by looking at a wider area.
Note here that I've got great controls, including the ability to set up bracketing, if I was working in a HDR type situation. I've got the ability to keep an eye on battery and see information about the shot. You can actually go in there and tell how your camera is properly configured, and actually even see things like the shutter count on the camera body. You could take a look at the data that's being written about the shot. Really take a look at all the meta data settings and what are you shooting. And if you are working here, with a GPS unit, you can see those controls. Now, it's nice here as you're working to actually change how the histogram displays.
I typically take a look at an RGB histogram. Or I could see a colored version to see all the individual channels to make it easier to monitor. That's looking pretty good. Let's just adjust the exposure compensation down a bit. Fire off a new shot. That's looking good. Using the view controls here, I could zoom in, Cmd+Plus and Minus, or go to a fullscreen view. The toolbar itself is customizable, so you can go ahead and add additional controls up here as you see fit. And rearrange them as you need to. Also may be helpful to put icon and text if you want to really see what things are.
I do like the self timer option which allows you to actually set a timer if you want to do some movement. So let's say I just want to take nine shots, and I click OK I can make a slight adjustment to my subject. What was nice with that self timer was, I was able to actually pose and move the subject around. And just let the camera keep taking shots.
Now I don't have to keep running back and forth between the devices. I could just actually make minor adjustments and then see the result. For a donationware application, this is very full featured. Particularly for Nikon users, who haven't seen a lot of updates. My D600 isn't even supported by Nikon's tethering solution, and Nikon makes that software. So it's nice to see an independent developer taking it upon themselves to really push this. Remember, it only has certain functionality,but these tethering controls are great, and you can combine this with another application like Lightroom to just pull the images off of the card if you need it.
And remember, the nice thing here is the ability to do some of those more advanced things like bracketing. The ability to do a shot of a time sequence if you want to make some poses, or even get in there and really refine things with the timer and delay. So make sure you take a look at this application, after all, like most of these applications, you could try them for free.
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