A popular way to import images into Lightroom is to use tethered capture, and this is a great option for when you’re working in the studio because tethered capture allows you to check images on a large screen while you’re shooting. You can zoom in, check your detail, see where your light is falling, rather than trying to look at everything on the little LCD on-camera.
Using Tethered Capture With Lightroom
Tethered Capture in Lightroom is not necessarily compatible with every single camera so you should check here to see if your camera is compatible first. If you find that it is not working, be sure that your camera is actually supported via LR for this feature. I’m using my Canon 5D Mark III and it is compatible.
Note: Lightroom’s tethered capture is not as powerful as something like Capture One. Capture One is the standard when it comes to tethered capture, but this method is still great for studios that are beginning to do studio-based work.
HOW TO USE TETHERED CAPTURE IN LIGHTROOM
1. Plug your camera directly into the computer with a long USB cable. As we shoot, Lightroom is going to import directly into the catalog. We can even have it apply develop settings, import settings, and everything right from camera.
2. Go to your file menu, bring up the tethered capture option and click Start Tethered Capture.
3. Give it a session name, choose a naming option, choose a location for the images, (we made a folder on our desktop), and then choose the metadata if you want it.
4. On the next screen, you can actually choose a develop setting if you’d like to include one (see above screenshot), turn your camera on, and Lightroom should automatically detect the camera.
5. When you take a picture it’ll come directly into the catalog, and apply the processing preset you’ve set.
You can even control your camera from Lightroom. There’s a button that will fire the camera when you click it, so you can set your camera onto a tripod, and click Capture directly from Lightroom, that way you don’t even need a cable release. You can actually use Lightroom as your cable release.
Tethered Capture is a great feature built right into Lightroom. It might not be the best solution for a studio, but if you’re just starting out and it’s compatible with your camera, it’s a great place to start with tethering until you’re ready to move on to something a little more advanced.
- 1.1 Lightroom Crash Course Trailer 1M 49S
- 1.2 Welcome and Intro
- 1.3 What's LR and Who is it For
- 1.4 Lightroom’s Three Primary Strengths and Weaknesses
- 1.5 Chapter One Quiz
- 2.1 The Seven Lightroom Modules, Their Purposes and Our Thoughts
- 2.2 Creating A New LR Catalog
- 2.3 Importing in Three Simple Steps
- 2.4 Three Ways to Skin a Lightroom Cat 5M 40S
- 2.5 Library Module, Its Five Purposes and Four View Modes
- 2.6 Chapter Two Quiz
- 3.1 Five Ways to Batch Process Your Images In Lightroom 9M 41S
- 3.2 Develop Module Intro
- 3.3 Working on Calibrated Displays
- 3.4 Understanding the Basics of Color Correction with the Basic Panel
- 3.5 RAW vs. JPEG Processing & Our First B&W
- 3.6 The Power of the Tone Curve
- 3.7 Advanced Color, HSL, B&W and Split Toning
- 3.8 Managing Detail and Noise
- 3.9 Landscape with Lens Correction and Effects
- 3.10 Camera Calibration and Filmic Adjustments
- 3.11 Chapter Three Assignment 1
- 3.12 How to Remove Redeye
- 3.13 Advanced Retouch and Local Adjustments Part I
- 3.14 Advanced Retouch and Local Adjustments Part II
- 3.15 HDR Images
- 3.16 Panoramic Merge HDR
- 3.17 How to Create Presets
- 3.18 Processing Video Files
- 3.19 Chapter Three Quiz
- 4.1 How To Use Tethered Capture In Lightroom 5M 29S
- 4.2 Creating Three Common Export Presets 8M 22S
- 4.3 Photoshop and External Editing Options
- 4.4 How to Create a Image Watermark Preset
- 4.5 Chapter 4 Exercise
- 4.6 How to Rename Your Images
- 4.7 Understanding the Export Dialogue
- 4.8 Using Lightroom's Publish Services
- 4.9 How to Export Directly to Email
- 4.10 How to Import, Merge and Export Catalogs
- 4.11 Creating an Import Preset
- 4.12 Chapter 4 Quiz
- 5.1 The Organizational Power Of Keywording & Filtering In Lightroom 19M 13S
- 5.2 8 Key Points to Understand Lightrooms Catalog System
- 5.3 How to Fix Broken Image References
- 5.4 Three Recommended Catalog Workflows
- 5.5 Data Safety Basics
- 5.6 Pros and Cons of XMP Sidecar Files
- 5.7 Understanding Lightroom's Preview System
- 5.8 Stacking and Why I'm Not A Fan
- 5.9 Chapter 5 Exercise
- 5.10 10 Ways to Manage Images via Folders
- 5.11 Collections Can be Quite Useful
- 5.12 The New Facial Recognition Tool
- 5.13 RAW vs. DNG
- 5.14 Chapter 5 Quiz
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