Tether While You PhotographPosted: February 10, 2011
I was in a meeting last week and we started talking about Adobe Lightroom 3 and its capabilities, particularly about tethering while you shoot. (Hooking up your camera to the computer to view your shots as you work). I thought to myself, “I have never written about tethering, weird, because it’s a huge part of my photography life”. I remember when tethering was too technical, yuk! I am happy to say that Adobe Lightroom 3 has made it so much easier for us; thank you Adobe! If you work in a studio environment and especially work macro, tethering is a must. Why take the time to shoot and see later that if you just tweaked the light a smidgen or changed the aperture a bit, the whole shot would have made an amazing difference for you and your clients.
So today I really don’t need to write on the details of how to tether because it is soooo easy, I’m just writing this article to remind you to Tether! But if you want details check out this great video:
Today I used a laptop for easy movement of the computer. I like tethering for lighting and aperture control but when it comes to tethering on a laptop, wait to color process your work on a better calibrated monitor like the NEC widescreen.
Next, open up Adobe Lightroom 3, click on File/Tether and it will prompt you to name the shoot. Just read the pane, it’s that easy! I know that Apple Aperture also has this capability, but I don’t use Aperture so I won’t talk about it, but if any of you do comment to this post and let us know how you like it?
View the changes I made:
You can also check to see if your focus is were you want it by viewing it on your computer screen…love this!
If you need to color correct on the spot…it’s so easy! Another amazing Lightroom tool. :)
One more thing…check your manual on your Camera; my Canon must be on PC Connect in order to tether.
Below are some examples of my shots from the day.
Changed color of rose for a project:
Developed for a black room:
Some fine art work too:
If you’re not tethering now, definitely try it. Not only do you see what you’re shooting, you can develop at that moment and export what you want to your clients. Play with the controls in Lightroom…it’s so much fun!! I feel like I’m looking through my loupe back in the good old days…or were they? I have to debate on that statement because I absolutely love this capability!!
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