Tethered Photography Basics


Tethered photography is a useful shooting strategy which has been utilized by many advertising, fashion and product photographers for years.  In the past, used primarily for studio work and high end commercial photo shoots, the process was cumbersome and expensive.

However, in recent years tethering technology has been become more reliable, portable, less expensive and easier to use,  Due to these factors, it’s only natural the uses have spread to many other areas of photography and is now enjoyed by countless professional & enthusiast photographers.

So what is tethered photography?  Tethered photography is the process of connecting your camera to your computer or tablet with either Firewire, USB or wirelessly.  The computer can be a desktop or laptop and in Windows or Mac format.  Once you create your image, it bypasses the camera and is saved directly on your computer hard drive in a folder you have designated.

The tethering software then displays the image and you can clearly see the results on a large computer screen.  How cool is that?

What You Need to Get Started

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TetherPro Cable

There are many different types of USB and FireWire cables and port connections and it may be hard to know which cable will work best with your equipment. Let us help ensure you purchase the right cable the first time. By using our Cable Compatibility Finder, you can easily determine the options available for your needs.

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Starter Tethering Kit

Tether Tools has assembled the perfect package for anyone interested in shooting tethered. Get the basics – a TetherPro Cable (15ft / 4.6m), JerkStopper Tether Kit (JerkStopper Camera Support and JerkStopper Computer Support), Tether Tools organization storage case and JerkStopper ProTab Cable Ties – Small (Set of 10) and you’re ready to get started.

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Pro Tethering Kit

Designed with the working professional photographer in mind, the Pro Tethering Kit is the ideal package to help you transition to a consistent tethered photography workflow. Complete with a Tether Table Aero Traveler, TetherPro Cable, JerkStopper Tethering Kit and many additional accessories, the Tether Tools Pro Kit will take your business workflow and professional image to the next level!

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Ultimate Photo Tether Guide

Tether Tools and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) have come together to create The Ultimate Photo Tethering Guide out of a shared commitment to providing the creative community with the most valuable and useful resources that support the practice of still and motion photography.

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Better When You Tether Guide

Tether Tools’ Better When You Tether educational series featuring behind the scenes articles from professional photographers is now available in an easy-to-read downloadable guide. We partnered up with the industry’s best and brightest to offer insights into the power of shooting tethered. Download it now to refresh your skills or share it with fellow photographers, assistants, stylists and friends – it’s a great benefit for everyone on your shoot!

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