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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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While a lot of folks think of tethered shooting only being for stills, it actually works with video too. And a lot of times you're going to find yourself switching between stills and video on the same set. Particularly in this case where we're shooting video for the web. I want to get some actual motion shots of these products. So not just the pose shot from the front, but really let somebody see all the way around the flower arrangement, and to do that video works well. What I've got going on here is I've put the flowers on a motorized turn table. And I've got my camera set up to monitor video.
Works pretty well. When you're doing this, what you're going to want to think about, is making sure that with the monitoring system, you could see what's happening. Now, I do have a built-in live view panel on the back here, and that's fine. But it's very difficult to tell what's in focus on the back of the camera. Everything looks good on the live view panel. Now, to makes things a bit better, I've gone ahead, an output from my camera's HDMI port, up to a dedicated viewfinder. You might be wondering, what's the big deal? This looks to be about the same quality of screen as this one, but there are several options built into this one.
I've got hardware buttons on the side to check for things like focus in red or peaking to check exposure. And really, this is like an iPhone 5 versus an iPhone 1 as far as quality of screen goes, much higher pixel density. So I can look at that. I also have the ability here to use a magnified loop and because I've got this on an easy to use here, I could actually adjust that and put it so it's comfortable. So as I go in here, and I want to switch to manual focus to really adjust things, or even animate focus and pull focus for the product shot.
And now I could check focus. Makes it easy to wrap focus if I want that for an animated appearance. Or I could rely on auto-focus and then punch in to really check it. There we go. And then using the punch in buttons, I could really zoom in and check, do I have the critical focus. So I'm just pushing the magnify button on the back of the camera. As you step in, it may look a little staccato, but that still works really well. All right, at that point I've got the shot.
I can easily see what's happening. And, if necessary, I've got the shot over here on the larger monitor. So the client could come on set, they could art direct, they could see what's happening. I can look at an even bigger monitor. This monitor happens to have wave forms and vector scopes, which are tools used by the video industry to check for things like color and exposure. But remember tethered shooting is not just shooting stills. You can absolutely tether shoot and connect to a video monitor or another device that's just a higher quality screen, so you could really see what's happening
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