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Tethering Software

Want to get started shooting tethered, but not sure which software to choose?

There are many options available – everything from free software that may already be included with your camera, to super-charged programs incorporating all your post-production needs into one package, to very unique and specific features for a particular shooting requirement. Here are some we think are worth exploring:

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Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom

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…

Supports Canon, Leica, Nikon on Windows, Mac

BackyardEOS & BackyardNIKON

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…

Supports Canon, Nikon on Windows

Breeze Systems

Breeze Systems

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…

Supports Canon, Nikon on Windows, Mac

CameraRC

CameraRC

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…

Supports Nikon on Windows

Canon EOS Utility

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…

Supports Canon on Windows, Mac

ControlMyNikon

ControlMyNikon

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…

Supports Nikon on Windows

Darkroom

Darkroom

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.

Supports Canon, Fuji, Nikon on Windows

darktable

darktable

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…

Supports Canon, Nikon on Linux

digiCamControl

digiCamControl

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…

Supports Canon, Nikon on Windows

DNA Software

DNA Software

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…

Supports Minolta, Pentax, Samsung, Sony on Windows, Mac

Entangle

Entangle

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,…

Supports Canon, Nikon on Linux

Fuji Hyper-Utility Software

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.

Supports Fuji on Windows, Mac

FujiFilm Tethered Capture Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

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.

Supports Fuji on Windows, Mac

Kuuvik Capture 2

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…

Supports Canon on Mac

Nikon Camera Control Pro 2

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…

Supports Nikon on Windows, Mac

Olympus Capture

Olympus Capture

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…

Supports Olympus on Windows, Mac

PENTAX Tethered Capture Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

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…

Supports Pentax on Windows, Mac

Phase One Capture One Pro

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…

Supports Canon, Mamiya Leaf, Nikon, Phase One on Windows, Mac

PhaseOne Capture One Express (for Sony)

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…

Supports Sony on Windows, Mac

Phocus

Phocus

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…

Supports Hasselblad on Windows, Mac

PK_Tether

PK_Tether

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. …

Supports Pentax on Windows

Promote System USB Tether for Lumix

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…

Supports Panasonic Lumix on Windows, Mac

Smart Shooter 3

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…

Supports Canon, Nikon on Windows, Mac

SofortBild

SofortBild

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 Nikon on Mac

Sony’s Camera Remote Control

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…

Supports Sony on Windows, Mac

TetherPro

TetherPro

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…

Supports Canon, Nikon on Windows

CamRanger

CamRanger

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…

Supports Canon, Nikon on Windows, Mac


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