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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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I've gone ahead and broken down the set to remove all of the tethering aspects, so we could sort of build it back up and walk you through the process. The first thing I have to ask myself is, why am I tethering? In other words, what are the goals? Well, in this particular situation, I'm going to be shooting some product shots. What's going to become important is that with those product shots, I could really see that everything's in focus. As such, I want the giantest monitor that I have. I want to be able to see everything, so I've used the laptop screen, but since I have access to an even higher quality monitor, I'm going to pop that up, too.
This could be a TV or a large computer display. Get the biggest monitor you have. Now, you don't have to have this, but it's nice. The next thing I want to be able to do is to make sure that the client could see it. Now, in this case the client can come on set and see things, but initially, I often find that clients run a little late. Things get in the way. Maybe they get stuck in traffic, or they can't leave the office, or an employee called in sick and they had to stay behind. I want the ability, when I'm doing a commercial shoot, to be able to send the images to the client right away, so they can sign off on something.
Maybe it's the look, or the art direction, or maybe it's just the ability to see the best shots before we start switching to the next product. In this case, we're going to get all of those benefits from this set up, and that's going to work out well. I'm going to be ready if the client wants to come on set and see things, and I can make sure that even with my eyes that are getting older, I can see the image and make sure that everything is absolutely in focus. Plus, I've got the ability to quickly go in and make my edits. And because I'm going to be tethered to a computer, I can get those things out as quick as possible.
Now, this is not the only workflow for tethering. And don't worry. We're going to explore other ones toward the end of this course. I'll walk you through some situations like being out in the field, and tethering to a Go Pro, and shooting time lapse. So don't worry. You'll get some other ideas. But let's start with the most basic scenario, and that is a studio shoot.
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