Shooting DLSR straight to a computer is much easier than many people think! Before I am going to explain to you how to set it up, lets quickly cover why would you want to use tethered connection at first place.
Shooting tethered is mostly oriented for industry professionals who need to maintain maximum control throughout the photoshoot. By shooting directly to a laptop or stationary computer, the photographer is able to monitor all critical aspects of the shot. Focus, Exposure, and overall composition of the photograph. In some cases, the photographer can overlap graphics on top of each photo, if shooting for the magazine cover, to get an idea how to frame shot better. In some other cases assistant may be monitoring the screen and applying basic color pass and other minor adjustments for clients to see if they present in the room. These adjustments are not permanent and can be easily removed later.
Ok, enough of background lets jump on it! In order to be able to shoot tethered to your computer, you going to need 3 things!
- Compatible DSLR, not all DSLRs are made equal, make sure to check with your manufacturer. Most higher-end DSLRs or Mirrorless cameras are able to shoot tethered.
- Appropriate Cable. In this case, it’s going to be whatever “out connection” you have in your camera to USB2, USB3 or newer, such as USB C. Obviously faster is better. In My case with Nikon D810, I been using THIS CABLE
- Finally, you going to need software. Most industry professionals using Phase One Capture One Software. I have been using it for over 4 years now and very happy with the results. In my opinion its the best program you can get paired with Adobe Photoshop. But for Tethering Capture One is your go to! Make sure to check if the software supports your camera for tethering. You can download 30 days free to see what it’s all about. So, before you make a decision you can test it for free with your existing camera.