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- The benefits and drawbacks of tethered shooting
- Creating a stable platform
- Tethering the camera
- Building a tethered station
- Tethering with Lightroom, Aperture, and more
- Choosing a wireless memory card
- Connecting a CamRanger
- Shooting with a GoPro
Skill Level Appropriate for all
So why go through all the effort to build this much of a contraption? Well, it really comes down to having a professional shooting environment or taking a professional level of control. Maybe you're going to have clients on set and you want them to have the ease of being able to look at the details on the monitor as you shoot. Well, that's going to work pretty well. They could clearly see behind you on the large monitor what's happening and they don't have to be breathing over your neck. Or maybe you're going to be making lots of changes in the camera and you want greater confidence.
For example I want to dial in the perfect exposure here. Well, I've got the camera set up, and what I'm doing here is I'm making a few adjustments to the f-stop. So maybe I shoot at F9, and it's going to load in. And I can see that it's a bit overexposed. Now the nice thing is I can look at advanced options here like the histogram. And I clearly see that the camera is running hot. Now it's raw so I can probably recover that, but there's no reason to shoot it wrong. So why don't we fix that? Let's come to the camera and I'm just going to adjust the f-stop here a little bit.
Take another shot and that image loads in. And it's looking a lot better. And if I look at the histogram here I could really see what's happening. Let's zoom that out a little bit. There we go. And I get a nice live preview. Plus, I can make small adjustments to the exposure using the plus and minus keys to really decide if I need to tweak the camera or if fixing it in post is going to work. What I really love, though, is the ability to be absolutely certain that I've nailed focus.
In something like product photography it's important that you can see the whole subject and that your lighting is working well, that everything is holding together. Well, looking at the back of the camera is just not that accurate. And as you get older, your eyes get less reliable, tethered shooting really comes in handy. Plus, if you don't want to have the expense of having to reshoot, there's something reassuring about looking at it within your editing environment. So let's go ahead and fire off a shot here. And I could select that shot. I'm going to zoom in a bit.
It loaded in. And I could really see what's happening there. Now, it's just a tad hot for me. I feel that that's a bit bright in there. But I really like it. Let's make a small adjustment on the camera. There we go. I stop down just a little bit. And that's looking better. I definitely see there that it's holding together nicely on the histogram. My shadows aren't too muddy. My highlights aren't blown out. But the overall white is nice and clean. Now, one of the things I really like is the ability to simulate or start to apply edits right on import.
Maybe I want to see how this is going to look as a black and white. Well, a lot of times the software lets you apply a default template to sort of give you an idea of how the files could be quickly developed. Let's go here and I'll just choose a develop setting. And let's just do a black and white preset here. And fire off a test shot. And that gives me an idea of how this is going to look in print. Now, I could try out different looks. Maybe I want the high contrast. Let's fire that. And it gives me an idea as I'm working of what it's going to turn out as.
You've got lots of different presets that you can work with. And even things like just the ability to do a little bit of sharpening while you're working. Let's go ahead and fire off the shot. Looks good. And let's just apply a white balance and that's looking pretty solid. These are the benefits: total control and the ability to work with your images immediately. There is no line between production and post production. You want to jump into Lightroom or Aperture and start to tweak? You want to send it into Photoshop? No big deal.
You're there. You need to go ahead and share these images on the internet? You're right there too. This gives you total control. So if you're working with a client remotely or you need the ability to start posting right away. Maybe you're shooting a party and you've got people coming in; they want to start sharing those images to social media. There's no wait. Maybe you're on a tough schedule or a hard, very detailed post workflow. Well, there are no blurry lines here. You're in it. You can even tag team with an assistant, having somebody help you process, while you're shooting.
Again, total control. But for everything that's good, there's always drawbacks as well.