A Quick Overview of Camera Tethering for Beginners
Welcome to Tethering 101, where you get an introduction to photo tethering directly from your camera to your computer. All you will need are a camera, a cable, tethering software, and your computer.
Why tether? What makes tethering so great? Well, you get to see your images on the computer screen in vivid colors and a larger display. So whether you’re tethering professionally with commercial clients or capturing photos as a hobby, tethering elevates your images in a more impactful way.
Every modern camera should have a USB output of some sort. For example, the D850 uses a USB 3.0, and Fuji GFX has a 100 USBC. Older cameras typically have a USB 2.0 output, but they still work. As with most technology, newer is usually better.
Use the cable to connect the camera to the computer. Don’t have a cable? Tethertools.com offers a wide variety of cables. In our opinion, they have the best selection to find any cable you will ever need.
Depending on your use for tethering, you can get a good deal on cables. For commercial/client-based tethering, go with at least two cables. If you’re a beginner or just tethering as a hobby, you can get away with just one cable. Still, it never hurts to have a backup. Cables wear out over time.
Additionally, Tethertools has another option, called AirDirect, which is a wireless option. It uses WiFi to transfer images from the camera to your computer. JPEG files move rather quickly, while raw files take several seconds to transfer. Air Direct appears to be an attractive option if, during raw shooting, you have more time between frames.
The computer specifics do not need to be anything fancy. Any computer with a current operating system should suffice for your tethering needs.
4. Tethering Software
You’ll need some capture software, such as Capture One or Lightroom. We use Capture One and are content with its features.
Once you have all your tools, you’re ready to start tethering.
Step 1: Insert the cable into your camera’s USB slot.
Step 2. Connect the other end of the cable by inserting it into the computer’s USB port. Depending on your PC, you can usually find this behind the computer (e.g., iMac) or on the side, if you’re using a laptop.
Step 3. Have your tethering software running. When you turn on the camera, you get a display showing the camera’s settings, which you can adjust to your preferences.
Step 4. Start shooting. Right away, you’ll see your captured images on the computer’s monitor.
When it all comes down to it, tethering is quite easy. It’s time to put those fears to rest! The wonders of technology do most of the work for you. With the proper cable and tethering software, you can create amazing photos and see them immediately on your computer’s screen. Even without Lightroom, you can still give it a try. Most capture software, like Capture One, includes features that allow you to create rich, dynamic photos.