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Shooting tethered to a monitor


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The Practicing Photographer

with Ben Long

Video: Shooting tethered to a monitor

You may not think of a big flat screen TV as a photo accessory. And then show him on the TV.
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  1. 7m 29s
    1. Using high speed flash sync to dim ambient light
      7m 29s
  2. 1m 35s
    1. Introducing The Practicing Photographer
      1m 35s
  3. 6h 29m
    1. Choosing a camera
      5m 27s
    2. Looking at light as a subject
      2m 22s
    3. Using a small reflector to add fill light
      5m 45s
    4. Editing photo metadata with PhotosInfo Pro for iPad
      6m 30s
    5. Let your lens reshape you
      7m 26s
    6. Compositing street photography images with Photoshop
      7m 44s
    7. Expand your filter options with step-up and step-down rings
      3m 56s
    8. Shooting without a memory card
      3m 6s
    9. Give yourself a year-long assignment
      5m 28s
    10. Working with reflections
      1m 26s
    11. Exploring mirrorless cameras
      7m 25s
    12. Batch processing photos with the Adobe Image Processor
      7m 30s
    13. Limiting yourself to a fixed-focal-length lens
      2m 13s
    14. Creating tiny worlds: Shooting technique
      4m 15s
    15. Creating tiny worlds: Post-processing techniques
      11m 41s
    16. Shooting macro shots on an iPhone
      3m 18s
    17. Using a tripod
      3m 33s
    18. Wildlife and staying present
      5m 58s
    19. Batch exposure adjustments on raw files
      6m 52s
    20. Why Shoot Polaroid
      11m 12s
    21. Seizing an opportunity
      4m 4s
    22. Four photographers do a light-as-subject exercise
      12m 24s
    23. Shooting macro bug photos with a reversed lens
      4m 54s
    24. Varnishing a photo for a painterly effect
      13m 36s
    25. Shooting wildlife
      7m 24s
    26. Discussion on how to shoot architecture
      12m 27s
    27. Using a lens hood
      4m 48s
    28. Working with themes
      2m 48s
    29. Setting up an HDR time lapse
      7m 55s
    30. Processing an HDR time lapse
      7m 55s
    31. Two perspectives on travel photography
      12m 28s
    32. Scanning Photos
      5m 37s
    33. Photo assignment: shooting an egg
      3m 13s
    34. Reviewing the egg shot images
      6m 47s
    35. Shooting in your own backyard
      4m 38s
    36. Jpeg iPad import process
      3m 17s
    37. Shooting a product shot in open shade
      9m 34s
    38. Reviewing the product shot images
      4m 5s
    39. Warming up
      3m 26s
    40. Taking a panning action shot
      10m 17s
    41. Scanning polaroid negatives and processing in Photoshop
      8m 17s
    42. Shooting a silhouette
      3m 9s
    43. Going with an ultra-light gear configuration
      5m 29s
    44. Working with masks and calculations in Photoshop
      12m 38s
    45. Working with flash for macro photography
      4m 55s
    46. Colorizing a black and white photo in Photoshop
      5m 10s
    47. Using duct tape and zip ties in the field
      4m 14s
    48. When the on camera flash is casting a shadow
      3m 4s
    49. Using Lightroom on the road
      6m 28s
    50. Listening to your camera to get good exposure
      2m 20s
    51. Shooting a successful self portrait with a phone
      7m 18s
    52. Switching to Lightroom from another application
      9m 48s
    53. Photographing animals in wildlife refuges
      6m 41s
    54. Shooting level
      2m 42s
    55. Photoshop and Automator
      8m 54s
    56. Shooting when the light is flat
      3m 23s
    57. Discussing the business of stock photography
      9m 48s
    58. Shooting tethered to a monitor
      3m 21s
    59. Making a 360 degree panorama on the iPhone
      4m 45s
    60. Understanding the three flash setup
      3m 34s
    61. Shooting a three flash portrait
      4m 6s
    62. Understanding the differences with third party lenses
      4m 43s
    63. Understanding why files look different on depending on device
      5m 25s
    64. Working with a geotagging app on the iPhone
      4m 43s

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The Practicing Photographer
6h 38m Appropriate for all May 16, 2013 Updated Jul 17, 2014

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In The Practicing Photographer, photographer and teacher Ben Long shares a weekly serving of photographic instruction and inspiration. Each installment focuses on a photographic shooting scenario, a piece of gear, or a software technique. Each installment concludes with a call to action designed to inspire you to pick up your camera (or your mouse or smartphone) to try the technique for yourself.

Subject:
Photography
Author:
Ben Long

Shooting tethered to a monitor

You may not think of a big flat screen TV as a photo accessory. But it turns out that your big LCD TV is actually good for something other than just I don't know, watching Gilligan's Island re-runs or whatever. I've got, my, this TV connected to my camera using an HDMI cable. Your camera probably has an HDMI port on it or a mini HDMI port which is what my 5D mark three has on it. I'm using an adapter to go from HDMI to regular HDMI.

HDMI cabling is just what you use to attach your DVD player or your Xbox or whatever to your TV. It's a very standard connection. These cables are very expensive and to be honest they are a really bad design. They, it's great they carry video and audio, but they're really fragile and, and the connection is hard to stay solid so. They're a drag to work with, but if you carry one with you, you get a lot of options when you're shooting. So, I'm here with Doug and we're just shooting some portraits and things. I would like him to be able to see what I'm doing.

Now, I could have brought a computer and a USB cable and set up a tethering situation that way, but I really don't want the computer to interfere with my set. I can have a big TV across the room and he can still see it. So I can, for example, take a shot of him. And then show him on the TV. Now, normally of course, I take a picture and it's up on image review right away. On this camera it doesn't do that. I have to actually go into playback mode and it may take it a minute but then it shows up. So now Doug can see the image we can talk about it, we can work together to build up what we need.

Or the client could be sitting across the room and able to see the image. I can even use it as a giant view finder. I'm going to go into live view mode here just as I normally would. And the live view signal gets fed out the HDMI port and I've got a live view finder over here. This is fantastic for setting lights, for adjusting, props and things like that. I use this a lot for macro and product shooting because in a lot of cases a macro setup is such a complex rig of camera and lighting gear. There's no way I can get a tethered setup in there that close.

And even if I could, I'd have trouble seeing it. So I'll just set up a big TV on the other side of the room. And then I can work while looking at the TV And it's basically in live view mode. It's like having a really giant, monitor that I'm using all the time. If you regularly go out to do corporate shooting, that kind of stuff. Carry an HDMI cable with you. It seems like every conference room I ever go in, has a big screen in it, so you can hook directly up to it and have a nice tethered situation without moving a computer and, and going that route. One thing to be aware of though, there may be times when you need to really think about whether you want the model and or the client to see what you're doing especially if what you're doing is going to need a lot of editing.

A lot of people don't understand how much can be fixed in post. If you are expecting, you know, I've got this particular edit in mind, you may not want the client to see it ahead of time because they're going to come away disappointed or they're going to start making demands and things like that. So give some thought to whether you want the model or the client to see the shoot as it's taking place. Models can become very self-conscious if they're watching it as it develops. Still, if you think the idea of a really giant remote view finder is handy, then you probably already got one in your living room. You just ned the right cable.

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