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Chapter Two. Building a Studio from Scra... > The Advantage of Shooting Tethered

The Advantage of Shooting Tethered

SCOTT KELBY

If I’m shooting in a studio, I’m shooting tethered. This means I’ve attached a USB cable to my camera, and the shots I take don’t go onto my camera’s memory card—instead they go from my camera straight onto my laptop. That way, I can see each image appear at a very large size right on my computer screen while I’m shooting. At this large size, you can really see what’s going on in your photo (and how your lighting looks), and you can make adjustments based on a larger-sized 8×10” image, which makes it hard to look at that tiny 2 ½” or 3” LCD display anymore. When you’re shooting tethered, you see everything (including lots of things you might have missed). I highly recommend giving this a try. You just plug one end of your USB camera cable into the USB slot on your computer, then the other end plugs into the USB slot on your camera. But, to shoot tethered, you’ll need some software. If you use Photoshop Lightroom 3, you can shoot tethered right into your computer without any other software. If you don’t have Lightroom and you’re a Canon shooter, you already have the software you’ll need—it’s that EOS Utility software you got when you bought your camera (if you can’t find it, don’t worry—you can download it free from Canon’s website). If you’re a Nikon shooter, then you’ll need Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 to shoot tethered. It’s $145.95, but you can download a working 30-day trial from Nikon’s website.


  

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