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Tiny Tips 19: 5 Top Tips When Shooting Tethered

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Shooting tethered for the first time can be tricky, and doing it for the first time in front of a client is definitely not recommended. Here are some tips from my experiences with shooting with my camera tethered to my computer with Adobe Lightroom and Capture One Pro.

Here are a few tips for when you shoot with your DSLR tethered to a computer.

  1. Try it out beforehand with the particular computer and camera that you will be using. Hardware has a way of doing strange things when you least expect it.
  2. Shoot to card and drive simultaneously. You can set up your camera to take a photograph even if there is no recording medium. However, we don’t recommend that. If your file gets corrupted en-route to the computer, you’ll at least have a backup in the card.
  3. Ensure that you have enough storage space in both locations.
  4. Secure your Electronics: Make sure that your power outlets and computers are well-grounded. Improperly earthed outlets could end up sending a current through the camera’s body giving the photographer shocks and putting all your equipment at risk.
  5. Keep a backup cable in your camera bag, and an extension too. Bring a lot of duct tape to tape it down to a secure surface.

These are the basics when it comes to tethered capture, if you have any other tips that you would like to share, please share it in a comment.

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Published: June 23, 2012 | Last Updated: July 21, 2021

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