Article previously featured in The Photographer Academy.
During a photoshoot, multiple activities are occurring simultaneously – models on set, assistants moving lights, props and gear, and you, the photographer, at the center of “creative chaos.” One of the most important strategies is to streamline your workflow through tethering. By doing so, you will bring efficiency and productivity into your photo shoot every time. Before we dig deeper into how tethering can assist with your lighting, let’s review tethering in general.
What is Tethering?
Tethering is the process of transferring images in real-time from your camera to a computer or a monitor where you can view and work with the image. The term “tethering” includes the actual connection of digital devices as well as the integration and mounting of these devices. In the context of photography, both wired and wireless solutions may be used to transfer information (images, particularly) from your camera to another device.
Benefits of Tethering
- Instantly see images in high resolution on a large monitor
- Check critical focus, composition and lighting
- Control camera settings and remote trigger
- Tag, rate, and compare images while you shoot
- Effectively collaborate with digitechs, assistants, stylists and models
- Quickly make creative changes and edits
- Share images with art directors and/or clients
- Back up images to external hard drives
The Ultimate Tethering Option
Air Direct brings you a tethered workflow shooting experience that frees you to be mobile as you shoot. Connect supported Fujifilm, Sony, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, and other DSLR, Mirrorless and Medium Format cameras direct to a computer running compatible tethering software. Air Direct’s USB-C protocol and 802.11AC dual band Wi-Fi delivers reliable image transfer and enables all camera control features native to the tethering software – such as live view, loupe, barcoding, bracketing, focus-stacking and countless other features native to tethering software.
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