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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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Many cameras come with built-in WiFi capabilities these days, making it very easy to control, or at least transfer images, without a lot of work. In the case here, I'm using a Nikon D600, and it included an external WiFi adapter that I just plug into the USB port. Some cameras have this functionality built right in, and I think you're going to continue to see that more and more do so, because it's truly useful. What's nice though is not so much the controlling ability, although I will show you that in a second. It's the ability to wirelessly browse the device and pull images down.
Let's make sure we're connected. I've got the wireless adapter chosen. It shows up. I can now launch the Nicon app. Let's go ahead and view some photos. I could see all of the ones on there. Now in this case, I can switch. I started with this card in a D7000 but I can switch folders and choose the D600. There's all the images on that particular card, both the RAW and the JPEG. Now, I could choose one that I'm interested in and get a good idea, this is just a preview, so zooming is not going to hold up, really. But if you see an image you like, just check the button.
And you can grab images that you like and just tap Select, or, work here, and actually tap multiple images. When you're ready, tap Download to pull those to your device. And they'll now transfer wirelessly. Now, if you do several images, this could take a couple of minutes, but it does work very well over the wireless connection. And these are tremendously high resolution files I'm pulling down, including RAW. The JPEGs transfer much quicker. There we go. At this point, I could switch on out and just go to my photo's application.
And you see inside of the camera roll, there are my downloaded images that I just pulled down, to the device. So, that worked really well. Additionally, if I go back into the Nikon app You can go ahead and take a look at those photos, And see your latest downloads - There they are Opening up the file, it's really easy to choose it and then you can send it to another app or out via mail or social media. This is a great way to go ahead and pull that content in and really be able to see the images, getting them onto your device, And being able to then use them with other apps, or share them with clients or people you just want to send the image to.
This is a great way to just easily get content from the camera to your mobile connected device. Although this isn't the only way to work this way, you can actually take control and fire off shots, and have those shots transfer as well. Let me show you that. Let's go ahead and take photos. It shows me the live view with the ability to download. Now in this case with strobes, live view is a little bit dark. But the downloaded file should be fine. And you can tap to see it. Looks pretty good. Note that I also have the ability right from the app to tap to share.
And this gives you the ability to send to Twitter, Facebook or mail, or even send the image over to another app. Note that lots of image editors as well as third party utilities such as Hightail to send the image or the ability to post Evernote or even open up an application like Snapseed could be quite useful. There it is. Let's use that. And I can begin to modify. Let's do some selective adjustments, adding a control point, adjusting it, and increasing the brightness, as well as pulling down saturation. Brightness.
Saturation down. Let's put a little bit of structure in there. And sharpen that photo a bit. I like how that's bringing out the metal there on the front. And let's just put that in a better crop for the client to see. We're going to crop that to a square For their website. Here we go. And the image is ready to show. Now you see one of the major benefits there of the Nikon app is the ability to wirelessly transfer from the camera into any app on your iPad.
I really like this functionality, because it makes things a lot easier. I don't have to find a card reader. I don't have to pop the card. Now I do find that the ability to remotely control the camera pales in comparison to other dedicated tethering apps, but, it is capable of doing a remote fire if you need it to, but more useful, is the ability to wirelessly transfer those images.
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