Want to get started shooting tethered, but not sure which software to choose?
There are many options available – everything from the free software already included with your camera – to super-charged programs incorporating all your post-production needs into one package. There are even wireless tethering solutions.
To search these software by camera supported or operating system used, visit our tethering software search page.
Adobe Lightroom incorporates tethering functionality in its comprehensive RAW processing and photo management software. The tethering feature is compatible with select Canon, Nikon and Leica digital cameras. Here a list of supported compatible cameras. A few of the many features include importing photos as they are taken and loading them to a selected catalog. Lightroom offers access to many of the camera’s settings directly from computer as well as instant viewing, zooming, rating and tagging of shots. The ultimate benefit is checking focus, lighting and composition in great detail. Available for Windows or Mac. Here are additional details for Lightroom. Do you want to shoot tethered wireless into Lightroom – here’s how.
AstroDSLR is digital camera tethering and remote capture application. Even if it is developed as a part of astrophotography suite, it can be used for daylight or timelapse photography as well. AstroDSLR controls ISO, aperture (if lens mounted), shutter speed, exposure compensation, metering and focusing modes, white balance, image quality and format and BULB exposure length. It can preview (optionally using LiveView) or capture and save images to selected folder with any file name prefix, count and time lapse, browse captured images and show them in Finder, zoom and stretch them automatically or manually. It can measure FWHM and the drift of a selected star to help easier and faster focus and align your equatorial telescope mount. Captured images can be plate-solved using public astrometry.net service or local Astrometry for OS X application.
BackyardEOS & BackyardNIKON
BackyardEOS (for Canon cameras) and BackyardNIKON (for Nikon cameras) was designed and developed for astrophotography. This highly acclaimed software is in use all around the world by thousands of users. Its intuitive user interface caters to the amateur and seasoned astronomers alike. Program your image capture plan and walk away. Backyard allows control of your DSLR camera and deep sky long exposure images all night long. Built by astrophotographers for astrophotographers.
Breeze Systems offers a wide range of tethering software options for Canon and Nikon cameras on either a Mac or Windows platform. DSLR Remote Pro, PSRemote and NKRemote offer a full range of robust features including multiple camera tethering and photo-booth software. Available for Windows and Mac computers and compatible with Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras. Software details and camera compatibility can be found at Breeze Systems.
Camera RC is a full featured tethering solution for Nikon DSLR cameras including the D4, D800, D600 & D5200. CameraRC provides complete camera control and many features at a very affordable price. Camera RC includes live view mode with re-sizable and floating windows making it easy to compose and capture your images and customize features. Available for Windows and Mac running Windows in Boot Camp. Software details, camera compatibility and a free trial version can be found at RC Camera.
CamRanger offers a nice software package with many pro-level features. Supports most Canon & Nikon DSLR cameras. CamRanger’s tethering software will transmit images wireless to any iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows PC or Android. It also has the ability to control many camera settings remotely from the tablet or computer. Hardware is required but the software is available free. Read more information about CamRanger and its features.Want to shoot wireless into Lightroom? – here’s how.
Canon EOS Utility
Canon EOS Utility software is available free with Canon cameras and includes many features found in purchased software packages. The EOS Utility is a robust full featured software package that has been continually updated to add new features. Available for Windows and Mac. You will need your original software disk that came with your camera for the initial EOS Utility installation. Once installed updates can be download directly from Canon.
ControlMyNikon is one of the most comprehensive and feature rich tethering software programs for Windows (plans for a Mac version in the future) users working with Nikon cameras. Besides all of the standard tethering software features, ControlMyNikon goes above and beyond offering features like loupe view, voice control, white balance calibration, iPad/smartphone integration and many, many other features. The software is priced extremely reasonable and the online training tutorials are superb. Available for Windows computers and compatible Nikon cameras. Details, tutorials and software can be downloaded directly from ControlMyNikon.
Core Edition is ideal for Emerging Professionals, Portrait, Wedding Photographers & Photographers shooting small to medium events that are seeking an end-to-end photography business solution.
darktable is an open source photography workflow application and RAW developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them. darktable is an open source photography workflow application and RAW developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.
digiCamControl is a free, open source program that gives you full control over Nikon cameras from your Windows PC. It supports tethering, live view, remote triggering, direct image transfer, controlling multiple cameras simultaneously and even offers you camera control from your tablet or smartphone. digiCamControl has support for almost all Nikon DSLR’s cameras. Software details and camera compatibility can be found at digiCamControl.
DNA Software is a tethering plug-in for users of Lightroom 3 or newer. The plug-in allows tethered shooting for a variety of Sony, Konica Minolta, Pentax and Samsung digital cameras via USB cable. Available for Mac, PC and Android. Details and compatible cameras can be found here.
Entangle is a Linux based solution that features camera control as well as automatic download and display of photos as they are shot. It’s available for Debian, FreeBSD, and Fedora, but like all good Linux software, it can be compiled from source. It works with Canon and Nikon cameras. Download it from Entangle.
Fuji Hyper-Utility Software
Fuji Hyper-Utility Software provides camera control for select Fuji camera models. Additional software details can be found in this Professional Photographers Magazine article. Available for Windows or Mac.
FujiFilm Tethered Capture Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
This software is plug-in software to apply the tethered capture function of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to the interchangeable lens camera FUJIFILM X-T1 / X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition. Adobe Lightroom is required.
Kuuvik Capture 2
Kuuvik Capture is a Canon tethering solution featuring multiple innovative tools including split screen, live view zoomed in to multiple image areas, RAW histogram and focus peaking. Kuuvik Capture provides complete camera control capabilities as well HDR, intervalometer and time lapse with mirror lock-up control as well as WiFi support for the EOS 6D. The software provides a friendly user interface and tutorial videos are available as a learning resource. Currently available for Mac and compatible with many Canon DSLR cameras; software details, camera compatibility and a free trial version can be found at Kuuvik Capture.
Nikon Camera Control Pro 2
Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 does not come with Nikon cameras, but is a full-feature tethering software package allowing full control of all compatible camera’s settings. Available for Windows or Mac. Here are additional details for Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 and Nikon compatible cameras.
Olympus Capture is a tethering application which connects compatible Olympus DSLR cameras to a computer for a professional studio or location photography experience. Olympus Capture features control of shutter release, camera settings, and transfer of photos either from the camera itself or the tethered computer. Available for Windows or Mac here. Here are additional details for Olympus Capture.
PENTAX Tethered Capture Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
The software plug-in enhances the tethered capture capabilities of the PENTAX 645Z camera by enabling files to easily be uploaded into Adobe Lightroom during a studio session, where they can readily be viewed, shared and edited. The PENTAX Tethered Capture Plug-in for Adobe Lightroom is an easy-to-install, powerful and streamlined tethering solution that allows any photographer to manage their own workflow from capture to output.
Phase One Capture One Pro
PhaseOne Capture One Pro is a professional RAW converter and image editing software which also includes robust tethering features. It contains all the essential tools and high-end performance in one package to enable you to capture, organize, edit, share and print images in a fast, flexible and efficient workflow. PhaseOne offers users the compatible Capture Pilot, a free app for your iPad or iPhone which integrates remote image viewing & zooming, rating, tagging and more. Capture Pilot works on any iOS device but must be used in conjunction with Capture One Pro 8 or newer. Available for Windows or Mac. Here are additional details for Capture One Pro.
PhaseOne Capture One Express (for Sony)
PhaseOne Capture One Express (for Sony) is a professional RAW converter, rendering precise colors and incredible detail. It contains flexible digital asset management, all the essential adjustment tools and fast, responsive performance in one customizable and integrated solution. Many features are included in the software and its simplicity, intuitive organization and speed provides an array of powerful tools. Available for Windows or Mac. View a complete list of compatible cameras. Here are additional details for Capture One Express (for Sony).
Phocus is an free software package designed for Hasselblad cameras. Phocus software provides all the power, performance and advanced tools that photographers desire in an easy-to-use and attractive working environment, making even the largest files simple to handle. Besides the more common tethering features, Phocus offers scene calibration, moire removal and camera configuration to name a few. There is also Phocus Mobile which integrates an iPad or iPhone into the workflow and Phocus Quick for one touch image preview. Here are additional details for Phocus.
PK_Tether is a free tethering software for Pentax cameras and Windows users. Set parameters like shutter, aperture, ISO and file format as well as shutter release. Available for Windows and compatible Pentax DSLR cameras. Details and the software can be downloaded directly from PK_Tether.
Remote control (tethering) Linux (x86, arm), Windows, Android software for Pentax DSLR cameras. Supports:
- Pentax K-x
- Pentax K10D (Samsung GX-10)
- Pentax K20D (Samsung GX-20)
- Pentax K200D
- Pentax K-7
- Pentax K-r
- Pentax K-5
- Pentax K-m / K2000
- Pentax K-30
- Pentax K-01
- Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs
- Pentax K-50
- Pentax K-3 / K-3 II
Promote System USB Tether for Lumix
Promote System USB Tether for Lumix for Panasonic Lumix cameras. USB Tether was designed from the ground up in cooperation with Panasonic for complete camera control such as shutter release, aperture, shutter and ISO control as well as image transfer and Lightroom integration. Available for Windows and Mac. Software details, camera compatibility and download can be found in the Tether Tools Store.
Smart Shooter 3
Smart Shooter is a comprehensive tethering software for Canon and Nikon cameras allowing full camera control from Mac or PC. Aimed at both the professional and amateur photographer, some key features include: full control of camera settings, Live View display including overlay mode, connect and control of multiple cameras simultaneously, ability to run scripts, bulb shooting with timed exposure and many more. Available for Mac or Windows. Software details and supported cameras available at Smart Shooter. Note: The Nikon D3xxx range of cameras (including the D3000, D3100, D3200, and D3300) have limited capabilities during tethered operation. In particular, liveview is not possible with the D3000 and D3100, and although liveview is possible with the D3200 and D3300, it is not possible to zoom the liveview image or drive the focus motor. We recommend avoiding this range of cameras if more advanced tethering features are required.
SofortBild is a free tethering software for Mac users working with Nikon cameras. This robust and reliable software features full control of many camera settings, bracketing, time lapse intervals and instant image review. Sofortbild even supports LiveView with compatible cameras. Simple settings to import into Apple’s Aperture and iPhoto (auto import into Adobe Lightroom is provided by setting up Lightroom’s watch folder feature). Available for Mac computers and compatible Nikon cameras. Details and the software can be downloaded directly from Sofortbild.
Sony’s Camera Remote Control
Sony’s Camera Remote Control is an free software package for Alpha Series DSLR’s. The program is available on the bundled software disc included with the camera purchase. Limited in features, the software does provide access to some camera settings including shutter release and white balance control. Software downloads are available here: Windows Software & Mac Software Once the software is installed and up and running, there is a handy little work-around to tether a Sony Alpha into Lightroom to access some more robust features.
Via TetherPro: “TetherPro was one of the first software applications dedicated to camera tethering. Starting life as a Nikon-only product, it has grown to include Canon and most other Digital SLR cameras. Our ethos is to supply the features our customers want – and with that TetherPro has grown into a feature-rich tethering powerhouse. At its heart is a robust, yet simple, “Accept, Reject, Maybe” tagging system. Built upon this is a sophisticated Rule System that allows you to set up almost any workflow, be it sending Accepted images to your favourite editing package, moving Maybe images to a separate folder, deleting the Rejects, the options are endless. Coupled to this is what has to be the most powerful Renaming System in tethering history – You will be able to taylor TetherPro to your existing workflow, or set up a new one within minutes. You can either hand-hold your camera and shoot normally, or use our built-in Remote Control to adjust the camera and take your shots. Image Review is catered for in either Windowed, Full-Screen or Separate Monitor mode – with Live-View having a dedicated window or screen as required. We know the importance of your photographs, and Image Security is paramount in TetherPro. Images are securely handled at all times with a duplicate image system, but also backed-up to a separate location or device for added reassurance if desired. We are confident that TetherPro will already meet your needs... But remember, we specialise in making software for you – if you need a special feature why not speak to us? For more details and the full feature-set visit our website.” Full Software details available at TetherPro.
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