What is Tethering?
Tethering is the connecting of a single device to another device. The term tethering encompasses the actual connectivity of digital devices as well as the integration and mounting of these devices. In the context of photo and video, both wired and wireless solutions may be used to transfer information (images, video) from your camera to another device.
What is Tethered Photography?
Images captured using a tethered photography workflow get saved directly onto your computer’s hard drive in the folder of your choice. Tethering software then displays the images on the larger computer or tablet screen as they are captured so you can see them clearly. In some instances, what we call tethering is sometimes referred to as Direct or Instant Image Transfer – this is how you will often find it listed in camera and software manuals.
What is Archival Tethering?
Archival tethering adds an archival backup system for your images into your tethering workflow. Tethered photography allows you to send copies to your computer, an external hard drive, or even your tablet or smartphone. When you set up an archival tethering system, every capture from every tethered shoot is automatically saved, secured, named and backed-up. Managing and organizing your photos as they’re captured, lets you spend more time shooting and less time filing. Plus you’ll be able to find specific photos you’ve already taken quickly and easily.
Why is this Important?
Tethering helps you get the perfect photo in fewer shots. Viewing images on a larger screen is a great way for you and your clients to spot issues with focus, lighting, posing or composition. You’ll spend less time editing and your clients can let you know the moment you’ve captured the shot they are looking for. From shoot to publishing, archival tethering speeds up the process in a major way.
Benefits to Shooting Tethered:
- View images on a large monitor as you shoot
- Instantly see images at full resolution
- Check critical focus, composition, styling, etc.
- Adjust lighting and camera settings more quickly and easily
- Control camera settings and remote trigger from connected device
- Share images with art director/client on site or remotely
- Collaborate more effectively with assistants, stylists and subjects
- Tag, rate, compare and share images while you shoot
- Share images on multiple devices
- Back up files to hard-drive while shooting
- Move images from laptop to desktop in an instant
- Reduce the chance of image loss
What You Need to Get Started
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Starter Tethering Kit
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Pro Tethering Kit
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Ultimate Tethering Guide
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Better When You Tether Guide
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How I Got the Shot Educational Guide
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