We know that you are always looking for ways to make your photography and photo editing workflow more comfortable, optimized, and effective.
Let us talk about how you can set up the connection to Lightroom Classic and improve your workflow during a photo shoot.
Connect? What’s this?
When you shoot normally, photos are stored in the camera and then transferred from the camera’s memory card to a computer for editing, exporting, publishing, and anything else we want to do with our pictures.
With tethering, we can effectively skip the middle step so that we can take a photo with our camera that is instantly transferred to a computer.
In particular, these photos land directly in a selected catalog in Lightroom Classic.
How (and when) tethering is used
Now that you know what tethering is, when are the best times to use it? And how do you use it? Let’s go through the most convenient moments for tying up and, more importantly, how to set it up.
1. Use tethering for your customer and your benefit
Tethering is an excellent solution if you are working on a portrait shoot for a client or a beginning photographer, hoping to pay more attention to your shots. It can help you improve your manual focus techniques, where you want to carefully assess the sharpness of your photos Make sure you’ve got your settings right – this is a lot easier on a computer screen than on a camera’s LCD.
You can use tethering to make changes on the fly, let customers see the photos you take in real time, or check things like sharpness on a larger screen.
2nd Get the right USB cable
First things first – you’ll need a USB cable to connect your camera and computer to Lightroom Classic. Be sure to use a cable that is long enough to give you flexibility when recording.
The last thing you want to do is accidentally pull a cable that is too short, causing your computer or camera to tip over and be damaged!
Also, check both ends of the cable before buying to make sure it is what you need.
3rd I understand the settings
Next, turn on your camera. Then open Lightroom Classic and open the catalog where you want to save the pictures you want to take. This can be an existing catalog or you can create a new one. Once the catalog you selected is open, navigate to file > Connected capture > Start Tethered Capture.
You will see a popup with a few settings for you to choose from. These are explained here.
- Session: Name your session and choose whether you want to split similar images into groups. You can then create a new subfolder for these groups by pressing during photo shoot Ctrl + Shift + T. on a PC or Command + Shift + T. on a Mac.
- Designation: Choose how you want the imported RAW files to be named when they are saved on your computer.
- Target: Choose where to save the photos and save them on your computer.
- Information: Here you have the flexibility to include metadata about the recordings you take. You can enter certain keywords or specify the equipment and setup that you used for the photo shoot (ideal for future reference).
If you make careful and organized decisions in this settings menu, you can instantly back up your recordings as you record them. How’s that for efficiency?
4th Speed demons, be careful
When you take pictures with Tethered, it is important to understand that your process may be slower than if you take pictures without tethering. If you’re the type of person who likes to take quick shots, you may need to take a few breaks so that setup can buffer and make up for the imported photos.
Some photographers, who prefer to take a lot of quick shots at the same time, temporarily remove the USB cable from their camera so that they don’t have to slow down their process or interrupt their rhythm. Worst case scenario? You will need to import this series of photos later.
5. Know how to reset your setup
There will always be some glitches – after all, that’s technology.
Whenever you encounter a tethering error, if a cable comes loose, or if your tethering process stops for some other reason (e.g., if you don’t want to slow down, if you’re really in the middle of it, and you want to disconnect your USB) -Electric wire). It is important to understand how to properly reconnect everything.
Unfortunately, it’s a little more complicated than just plugging the cable back in and continuing. Once you’ve reconnected the USB cable, you’ll need to enter your Lightroom settings again to restart the process. Just use the steps described above.
As soon as you have tied up, you will understand the hype! It is a great technique that you have at your disposal when shooting in the studio or in the field. So give it a try and see if it works for you and improves your workflow.