Tethered Shooting

I posted some behind the scene photos where I mounted my camera up the ceiling on a light stand and controlled it through my laptop. Moments later, I got messages asking how to control your camera remotely.

Camera mounted on manfrotto magic arm attached to a boom. Remote shooting using ESO Utility Software.

Camera mounted on manfrotto magic arm attached to a boom. Remote shooting using ESO Utility Software.

You can actually use Lightroom to tether your camera but is limited to shutter release only. If you want more control over your camera remotely, you can use the EOS Utility Software. I’m not sure how Nikon software works. There are advantages when working with both application but unfortunately, you can’t use both at the same time. I’m not sure why it’s not possible, maybe it’s a case of pairing.

My workflow actually starts and end using Lightroom so I normally prefer to use it to tether my camera. When shooting products like food and interior or even in studio, it’s always advantageous to asses your shot from a bigger and more accurate monitor. It’s an added hassle with all the wires and setup but the benefits are all worth it. That’s the reason why most commercial photographer tether their camera.

On situations where controlling your camera remotely is necessary, nothing beats the EOS Utility Software. One time, somebody asked me where to download the application, I said it’s the CD that comes with your camera inside the box that you never installed. I know, I had the same experience and Canon doesn’t allow you to download the original application only the updates.

I find the remote focusing and live view a lifesaver especially on challenging camera angles. You can pretty much control all the camera settings including, shutter speed, aperture, ISO as if you’re behind your camera. You can even apply preset color adjustments to your images as they appear in it’s viewer.

Tethering is not for everybody. Definitely not for shooting events, landscape and some other genre that limits your mobility. It’s like using a laptop with one minute battery life. Your mobility is limited to areas with power outlets only. Although there are now wireless solution to remote camera control but speed and dependability is still an issue.

When I’m shooting, I prefer to take my time. I’m particular to the last detail in both lighting and elements inside the frame. I normally ask my team to pitch in their thoughts about the shot and even client’s input through my laptop. In my shooting style, tethering my camera is almost always necessary.

Keep on shooting everyone! www.albertpedrosa.com

 Text and photos by Albert Pedrosa

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