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08/31/2008 12:44:35 PM · #1
I saw a video how a photograher had his camera connected to his laptop during a photoshoot so the model can see her pictures on the laptop screen???
08/31/2008 01:06:01 PM · #2
It's called shooting "tethered", here's an article on how to do it. Canon has it's own software to perform the data transfer, maybe the Nikon software that came with your camera has their own version. There's also the Eye-fi alternative, wirelessly transfer (jpeg only) files to your laptop.
08/31/2008 05:14:50 PM · #3
2 common ways.....

1) Apple Aperture Software.....check it out and see if your camera is suported.

2) The Canon software & Lightroom (I use this with a 40D) - Setup canon software - then get lightroom to monitor a watched folder - works a treat.

they are the only two I know.

Option 2 is slower (slightly, but considering their are 2 pieces of sofwtare invloved, understandable)

Hope that helps...:)
08/31/2008 05:24:43 PM · #4
Originally posted by TonyUK:

2 common ways.....

1) Apple Aperture Software.....check it out and see if your camera is suported.

2) The Canon software & Lightroom (I use this with a 40D) - Setup canon software - then get lightroom to monitor a watched folder - works a treat.

they are the only two I know.

Option 2 is slower (slightly, but considering their are 2 pieces of sofwtare invloved, understandable)

Hope that helps...:)


As regards option 2, you can have ImageBrowser monitoring the watched folder. I guess that doesn't help matters, but anyway...
08/31/2008 05:28:44 PM · #5
Originally posted by Mr_Pants:


As regards option 2, you can have ImageBrowser monitoring the watched folder. I guess that doesn't help matters, but anyway...


Also for option 2 I use Digital Photo Professional that comes with all Canon DSLR's when I'm shooting tethered in the studio

It works really well and is very fast, just start DPP and then select "Start EOS Capture" or something similar from the menu and then click "Sync with folder" and as you shoot it appears on screen for you to see

I use this quite often for my personal shoots but never with a client shoot


08/31/2008 05:32:51 PM · #6
just out of interest......why not for client shoots?
08/31/2008 09:05:35 PM · #7
you can also do this to a portable dvd player--though the video output of the camera is pretty low res. I have done it with both my Nikon d80 and my Canon G9--and, of course, what should be a simple standard: single cable that works for both types is the typical pipe dream: Canon and Nikon make the camera end of the cable with the SAME style plug, but wired differently--so you gotta have both cables (and mark them!)
09/02/2008 08:40:51 AM · #8
I have done it with my d70s, just by connecting it to the laptop and opening the folder via "my computer". The only bummer is you have to refresh to folder to see the images drop in.
09/02/2008 05:22:04 PM · #9
Originally posted by TonyUK:

just out of interest......why not for client shoots?


Just because it can slow the flow down if I have to check the laptop screen rather then the a quick glance at the back of the camera. Also, if I'm doing a portrait shoot to the laptop then the subject will generally want to look at the screen or will glance in the direction of the laptop disrupting the shoot.

If i'm doing a shoot for myself I would have my assistent (wife) monitoring the screen as I would have gone through the ideas for the shoot with her and she'd just confirm if they're coming through as planned. I will then check it at the start of any new lighting setup

This is just the way I prefer to work anyway :0)
09/02/2008 05:35:42 PM · #10
Nikon Camera Control 2 is the software you might want to look into. You have to change the USB setting on the camera to PTP mode.

Just make *sure* you get a LONG usb cable. I recently tripped over my cable and now I have to send in my camera for repair. =^(

The software works great, you can contol most settings with your pc and review as well as store images locally on the pc.

Hope this helps.

Message edited by author 2008-09-02 17:36:25.
09/02/2008 05:38:53 PM · #11
I shoot tethered a lot. 2 inch screen, 3 inch screen - screen on the camera sucks for anything but checking the histogram. Get yourself a 20 foot usb extension and you are good to go. Also control the camera from the laptop when shooting this way, as I can get much further from the camera than when using the shutter release.

Message edited by author 2008-09-02 17:39:30.
09/06/2008 03:45:57 AM · #12
I guess maybe one could do away with the tether completely using one of those eye-fi wireless SD cards?
09/06/2008 08:12:13 AM · #13
I can shoot remotely with my Olympus (via USB or wireless/infra red) with the Olmypus Studio.
09/06/2008 08:59:18 AM · #14
Here's a program I'm considering at the moment:
http://www.breezesys.com/DSLRRemotePro/index.htm
Canon only though.
09/09/2008 09:55:15 PM · #15
Well I just bought a USB extension cable to try this. I need it for the kids school. Seems I am gonna take photos and sell them for a fundraiser. But I need to take photo----> Edit----> Print and then sell on the spot.
09/10/2008 01:40:06 PM · #16
With the Hi end Nikons you can now send wirelessly to the laptop - No more tripping up!
02/16/2010 12:28:04 PM · #17
I have a Canon XSi and a MacBookPro. Photoshop CS3; iPhoto 8.1.1; Photoshop Elements 6. Is it possible for me to tether my camera to my laptop? I don't have Lightroom.

02/16/2010 01:17:23 PM · #18
Originally posted by shutterbugjane:

I have a Canon XSi and a MacBookPro. Photoshop CS3; iPhoto 8.1.1; Photoshop Elements 6. Is it possible for me to tether my camera to my laptop? I don't have Lightroom.


There is Canon software which allows you to shoot tethered. It's packaged with Canon cameras. (EOS Utility)

iPhoto, PS CS 3 or PS Elements 6 I believe all have an auto import function in case you need to or want to do any editing on the spot.

Message edited by author 2010-02-16 13:20:16.
02/16/2010 01:58:11 PM · #19
I've done some (ok very little) searching for Sony compatible software to do this. Does anyone have any suggestions?
02/16/2010 02:27:38 PM · #20
Originally posted by cpanaioti:

Originally posted by shutterbugjane:

I have a Canon XSi and a MacBookPro. Photoshop CS3; iPhoto 8.1.1; Photoshop Elements 6. Is it possible for me to tether my camera to my laptop? I don't have Lightroom.


There is Canon software which allows you to shoot tethered. It's packaged with Canon cameras. (EOS Utility)

iPhoto, PS CS 3 or PS Elements 6 I believe all have an auto import function in case you need to or want to do any editing on the spot.


I think it may be possible using iPhoto Do a bit of googling on "iPhoto tethered shooting"
02/16/2010 02:32:00 PM · #21
Originally posted by danculwell:

I've done some (ok very little) searching for Sony compatible software to do this. Does anyone have any suggestions?


EyeFi is coming out with an 8G PRO card which will transmit images as you shoot directly to your computer via wifi network or adhoc wifi--you can tell it which folder to put the images in (a "watched" folder for your particular program). You can also tell it to only send the jpegs, but not the RAWs (if you shoot RAW plus JPG) which is a bit faster.

I pre-ordered one.
02/16/2010 03:58:29 PM · #22
I use Nikons Camera Control Pro. it works really good. Only set back while using it is all your photos upload to the computer and not the card on the camera in the long run it does save you the time and effort of having to upload the card to the computer later. But I would prefer it to save the file to both locations.
02/16/2010 05:11:46 PM · #23
I use a third party software, and it works for your system as well:
DSLR Remote Pro for Mac v1.1.2 (I use the Nikon version), but it goes to a whooping $129... :( But loads more functions, like automatic photo stacking, bracketing, photobooth (cool for parties, etc).

02/17/2010 11:10:29 AM · #24
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