The Right Tool for the Job – Shooting Tethered with a Cable vs. Wireless

Posted by: on Jun 20, 2017

The Right Tool for the Job – Shooting Tethered with a Cable vs. Wireless
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Carpenter
As a photographer, you’ve probably been there before. You’re shooting, looking at the tiny three-inch screen on the back of your camera and believe you have the results that you want. However, when you upload the images to your computer you notice that the focus may have been off, or the model’s hair is out of place. These problems could have been easily avoided if you shot tethered. In this article, we’ll break down traditional tethering using a cable as well as wireless options like the Case Air.

Get Connected – Shooting Tethered with a USB/Firewire Cable

In the studio or in more controlled environments where the camera and computer will not move much, your best bet is to likely shoot with the laptop on a Tether Table using a wired connection. This way, the computer can be anywhere that’s comfortable for the client and the images transfer as fast as possible directly from camera to the computer. There’s almost no delay between firing the shutter and seeing the images on screen.
Top 3 Reasons that Shooting Wired is the Way to Go for Your Job
  1. You need simplicity
Shooting tethered with a cable is easy. Plug in the cable to your camera and your computer, fire up software, and you’re off and running.
  1. Speed and reliability
If you’re on a job where you need to have the full resolution RAW file quickly viewable, you’ll want to likely go with a wired connection. Plus, as long as your cable stays connected (hello JerkStopper Cable Management!) you can keep on shooting and images will transfer over to your computer.
  1. Photo management
For certain jobs like food photography or especially product photography, you’ll be especially sensitive to photo management and your workflow efficiency. Shooting wired can help you file your images as they come in, and backup in real-time.

Cutting the Cord – Shooting Tethered with the Case Air Wireless Tethering System

In today’s world of new and shiny tech, there are more and more options to integrate wireless technology into our lives, and photography is no different. Released in late 2016, the award-winning Case Air has made quite the splash with photographers and opened up workflows not previously possible with traditional tethered photography.
Top 3 Reasons that Shooting Wirelessly is the Way to Go for Your Job
  1. Cables are not an option
Okay, this first one may be obvious but it’s worth mentioning. From trip hazards to having the ability to shoot tethered to a computer workstation up to 150 feet away, having the ability to wirelessly transfer images has its advantages. In a recent article, we interviewed Boston-photographer Nicole Chan who photographed guests with Tom Brady at a corporate Pepsi event. Nicole had to capture the Super Bowl winning quarterback with 250 guests and have the photos instantly printed at a station that was 200 feet away and on the second floor. The Case Air was the right tool for the job, and you can read about her experience here.
  1. You want to view images on an iPad or iPhone
With Apple’s new iPad Pro, it’s never been easier to add a large iPad to your workflow. One problem, no USB port! With the Case Air tethering solution and app, that’s an issue of the past. Open the Case Remote app on your iPad, turn on the camera and Case Air, connect, and start shooting. Images will start showing up on your iPad, you can control advanced settings remotely, and more – all from your iPad.
  1. Mobility and Portability
Less gear, more options! Wirelessly tethering to an iPad or tablet means you don’t have to haul around a computer, you can comfortably move around while shooting, and if you have others on set they can easily pass the smartphone, tablet, or your device of choice to view images in detail.   Cabled vs. wireless – there’s no right answer, just the right tool for the job. As Tether Tools Peter Hurley puts it, “You better believe I shoot tethered! I feel like my hands are tied when I’m not tethered.” To pick up a TetherPro cable for your camera visit and select Search By Camera. And if you want to learn more and purchase the Case Air Wireless Tethering System, visit