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Tethering to a laptop

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You probably noticed that as I've been taking these pictures, we have a computer >> Tethering is a pretty straightforward process. File, tethered capture, start tethered capture, and you And I'll just click Ok, to invoke it.

Tethering to a laptop

You probably noticed that as I've been taking these pictures, we have a computer on set that the pictures have been going to, and this is something called tethering. And Rich is going to come in and show you how you can tether your camera to your computer which allows you to see a lot more detail and do a little bit of processing right on set. >> Tethering is a pretty straightforward process. And essentially, you've got two options. In this case, we're actually using both of em. You notice I have a video monitor on set. A TV set, a professional video monitor. There's lots of options out there.

And I have a laptop. Let's start with this screen. We put this screen up on set so you could see what we were doing. Rather than having to imagine what Abba was seeing in the viewfinder, we set this so you could actually see the results that we were getting during the shoot. Now you might be thinking, well I don't need that. I'll just use the viewfinder. What happens if you had other people on set? Maybe a client, or you were teaching a class yourself, or you just wanted to share the information with others, because you really wanted them to see what's happening. Well this is pretty straightforward.

Most of these TVs will have an HDMI port or you can get an HDMI adapter to HDSDI which is what this monitor uses but your typical TV set Is just going to be an HDMI plug. Now you might be wondering, well, what's that going to do? Now, over here, what we've done is we have the HDMI cable going directly into the camera. Chances are your camera uses a mini or maybe even a micro HDMI cable. So you're probably going to have to get a special cable that goes from mini or micro to the full-sized HDMI that the TV set wants to use.

This is one of the easiest ways to output your camera. To a TV set on set so you can see what's happening using the camera's live view feature. Now you may have to dig into your manual a little bit and see what your camera supports for live view, but this is how we're getting this information out. You'll also notice that my cables are securing attached to my tripod. You can do this with a piece of tape. I have a clip that actually clips on to the tripod like here so this cable is secure and it's not pulling on the port here putting any damage or stress. Now, while we're here at the camera, let me mention, I've gone ahead and tethered a long USB cable.

I'm just going into the standard USB port on your camera. Depending upon the make of the camera, this could be a micro USB or a mini USB, or maybe of it's a newer camera, even USB 3. And this is just going out. Same thing here, using just a little Velcro strap, I've tied that in so this is not under stress there's a bit of give. And it's also attached to one of the legs of my tripod, going back to my computer. Now, we are here, and I'm just using Light Room. Most of you have Adobe PhotoShop Light Room.

If not, there are other solutions out there that'll allow you to tether, and I've plugged in the USB cable to my computer. Now, you might be wondering oh, it's kind of a bad idea just to set a laptop on a stand, but we're just using a production stand here. This one's from a company called Tether tools, but there's lots out there, or you could use a table. The most important thing you'll here is this safety strap. You'll notice that I've just actually strapped the computer in so it's not going to slide off. There we go, that just keeps it safe here, so it's really not going anywhere.

Everything is connected up easy enough. We've gone into the USB port. Same sort of thing over here we've made sure that there's a little bit of slack and the cable is not stressing. Putting tension on the port, we've gone ahead and connected it. And I'll just go to the library module, because I'm ready to start importing. File, tethered capture, start tethered capture, and you noticed in this case it just wants me to name this session, I can give it the date of the shoot or any information that I want. Choose a destination of where the file should be stored. That works out well.

And I'll just click Ok, to invoke it. At this point the camera is actually recognized and I can see the settings of the camera itself. If I wanted to I could actually remotely control the camera from over here. Now I'm not going to do that because Abba's in charge of the shoot today. This makes it really simple if I actually want some control. So by triggering that it will actually start the camera. Now if it doesn't start right away it's pretty simple. There we go. And the reason why it wasn't engaging is the camera had auto focus on and without a subject in there, there was nothing for it to focus.

So I just flipped the auto focus off. You see everything's triggering. Well let's go back to the computer, and if I click the trigger button here for capture, you see it actually invokes. Now this is a pretty straight forward process. This allows the pictures to be fired. I can remotely fire from the camera. Sometimes useful if you're doing something like a table top shot. But normally if you were working with a subject your probably going to be near the camera so you can make more adjustments to the camera, and that's the good news watch.

As I continue to shoot here and we start actually take the shots, the images are still going to download. So, I'm just going to hold my hand out here so you can see a change. And pretty quickly what happens is that image is going to go down over the USB port. And it's going to arrive over here in the Lightroom. Making it really simple that my images actually show up while we're working.

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Up and Running with Studio Strobes

62 video lessons · 6258 viewers

Richard Harrington and Abba Shapiro
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  1. 4m 6s
    1. Welcome
      2m 4s
    2. What you should know to get the most from this course
      2m 2s
  2. 6m 26s
    1. Shooting with strobes
      1m 23s
    2. Strobe lighting allows you to shoot with an increased depth of field
      58s
    3. Strobe lighting has faster recharge times than flashes
      1m 39s
    4. Strobe lighting is good at freezing action
      48s
    5. Strobe lighting offers many modifiers to shape light
      1m 38s
  3. 7m 34s
    1. Continuous lighting is easier for a beginner to understand
      1m 47s
    2. Continuous lighting makes it easier to achieve soft-light looks
      2m 57s
    3. Continuous lighting is useful if mixing video into the shoot
      2m 50s
  4. 20m 47s
    1. Buying piecemeal vs. buying a kit
      2m 29s
    2. Criteria for selecting lights
      5m 57s
    3. How many lights do you need?
      3m 0s
    4. How much power do you need
      5m 37s
    5. Mixing brands
      3m 44s
  5. 16m 40s
    1. Monolights and flash heads
      2m 22s
    2. Reflectors and diffusers
      3m 54s
    3. Lighting stands and booms
      3m 49s
    4. Power pack or power supplies
      4m 29s
    5. Sync cable
      2m 6s
  6. 19m 7s
    1. Handling the lamp or bulb
      2m 52s
    2. The role of the modeling light
      4m 36s
    3. Keeping lights cool
      1m 46s
    4. The master and slave relationship for lighting
      4m 5s
    5. Essential controls
      5m 48s
  7. 14m 59s
    1. Connecting the sync cable
      3m 16s
    2. Using a wireless transmitter
      7m 7s
    3. Slaving with a speedlight
      4m 36s
  8. 34m 6s
    1. Setting shutter sync speed
      4m 56s
    2. Setting an initial aperture and ISO
      2m 28s
    3. Controlling power output
      3m 1s
    4. Moving lights (the inverse-square rule)
      2m 8s
    5. Using a light meter in camera
      4m 4s
    6. Using an external light meter
      1m 45s
    7. Test shooting with one light at a time
      2m 5s
    8. Putting it all together
      1m 39s
    9. Controlling exposure with power or aperture
      1m 6s
    10. Refining exposure with ISO
      1m 39s
    11. Tethering to a laptop
      5m 22s
    12. Checking the shots on a computer
      3m 53s
  9. 31m 38s
    1. Modifying strobe lights
      1m 9s
    2. Bouncing the light with a reflector
      4m 26s
    3. Bouncing the light with a bounce card
      1m 12s
    4. Shaping the light with a beauty dish
      3m 5s
    5. Diffusing the light with an umbrella
      5m 50s
    6. Diffusing the light with a softbox
      4m 49s
    7. Focusing the light with a snoot
      6m 58s
    8. Modeling the light with grids and honeycombs
      2m 2s
    9. Using flags to restrict the light
      2m 7s
  10. 14m 50s
    1. Three-light setup
      6m 52s
    2. Three-light dramatic portrait
      4m 59s
    3. Four-light setup
      2m 59s
  11. 46m 56s
    1. Take the challenge
      55s
    2. Solution
      29s
    3. Portrait challenge 1
      8m 6s
    4. Portrait challenge 2
      3m 10s
    5. Portrait challenge 3
      12m 55s
    6. Portrait challenge 4
      3m 19s
    7. Portrait challenge 5
      4m 28s
    8. Portrait challenge 6
      9m 5s
    9. Portrait challenge 7
      4m 29s
  12. 39s
    1. Next steps
      39s

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