Why Tethering Is So Useful

The majority of photographers simply take their pictures, pop out the memory card, and import their images into their computer. If you are working in a studio, however, tethering can be a real improvement to your workflow, and this great video tutorial will show you why and help you troubleshoot common tethering issues in Lightroom and Capture One. 

Coming to you from John Gress, this excellent video tutorial will show you the benefits of shooting tethered. Shooting tethered is something that really only works when you are working in a studio or in one location for a significant amount of time (both with power and protection from the elements), but if that is how you shoot, it can be tremendously beneficial. Not only does it save you the tedium of shuffling images from a memory card and waiting for them to render, it lets you view your progress in real-time, even with certain edits applied, and all with the benefit of a much larger and more accurate screen than the one on the back of your camera, making it especially useful if you are working with a larger creative team. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Gress. 

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Mike Ditz's picture

Looks like he needs a "jerkstopper" if he is tripping over the bright orange cable more than once. We all do it once.
C1 does not write to a card when tethering, not sure about LR.
Everyone works differently but why would he not reformat the card (or disc as he calls them) before each shoot?

Alexander Petrenko's picture

Sony writes to a card when tethering, not sure about other brands.

Mike Ditz's picture

I'll have to 2x check, but I tether to the laptop. Not the card.

Robert Nurse's picture

I read on the C1 forums that if there's an SD card in the camera, your computer sees the camera as a drive. Therefore, C1-20 will not be able to connect. Once the SD card is removed, you're fine. They may have solved this in C1-21.

Lee Christiansen's picture

I shoot with Canon and for many years I have been able to leave my SD card in the camera whilst tethering with no issues.

As to shooting to the card simultaneously, you can't do it with Canon when on C-1. But instead, I use GoodSync to make a verified backup onto a separate drive as I shoot with every new shot, with no detriment to my shooting workflow.

Benoit Pigeon's picture

Short cable is the ticket, I roll mine to an arm on my tripod so it's never pulled directly from the camera. Instead the cable get tighter against the arm until connection between the small to long cable let go. Doesn't work if I have to shoot handheld, but most of my tethered work is done on stand or tripod.

I think big cards and big empty cards are the solution for shooting tethered and on card.

I had a lot of connection issues back with the first gen 5D but since, I've been trouble free. I use only the canon utility, since the d30, 20+years ago. The capture software doesn't matter to me, it's like a polaroid, I'll grab images directly from Canon's DPP and drop them in photoshop to check what I need. I don't use Lightroom at all, I tried the first version in beta and decided I prefer to handle my files a different way.

Paul Trantow's picture

Tethering is good for your client. In fact, tethering + an HDMI to another monitor is nice for both of you. Remember to make things better for your client! If you're showing them the stupid LCD on the back of the camera, you're doing it wrong! Also, if a laptop is impractical for your shoot, opt for a CamRanger and iPad. They LOVE that.