Photos by Jay Barlett
Higher-quality images and creative collaboration are two must-reasons why photographers say that shooting tethered is an essential piece of their workflow.
It’s easy to shoot tethered in a studio environment, but when you’re on location, in ever-changing conditions shooting tethered can become more of a challenge. Viewing images on a laptop screen can be extremely difficult due to glare, especially in bright conditions.
With two innovative products from Tether Tools and Think Tank Photo, shooting outdoors can feel as comfortable as a controlled, in-studio shoot. Pair your Tether Table Aero with a Pixel Sunscreen from Think Tank to block out the sun, and see your images with ease.
When you’re out on location and need a stable laptop platform, having a Tether Table Aero is the perfect workstation for serious photographers. Constructed of T6 Aerospace Aluminum, the Tether Table Aero weighs less than 3.5 lbs. (1.58 kg), yet is tough enough to hold a maximum load capacity of 30 lbs. (13.5 kg). It comes with its own compact travel case, making it easy to store and transport.
The Aero includes an LAJO-4 ProBracket that has all the mounts you could possibly need: a 1/4”-20 or 3/8” tripod mount, a 5/8” stud which is perfect for almost any light stand, even an Arca-style plate attached to the base of the bracket. This supremely functional platform is unsurpassed in stability and durability. The Tether Table Aero System also features a multitude of accessories and customization options, read more about that here.
The Think Tank Pixel Sunscreen is the perfect solution for any photographer struggling to see their laptop screen in bright light. The sunshade eliminates reflections and glare on the laptop screen and keeps the viewing area dark.
When folded, the Pixel Sunscreen is not very large–a round, portable package about 14″ in diameter that weighs about 1.2 lbs and carries as easily as a folded reflector. The Sunscreen pops up in a flash thanks to the wire spiral structure, similar to a pop-up tent.
When opened, the sunshade has exterior dimensions of 14.5″ wide x 22″ tall x 19.5″ deep and fitting up to a 17” laptop. The Pixel Sunscreen has openings for power cords and your TetherPro USB cable in the side and back so your laptop can nestle into the deepest recesses of the hood. Interior elastic net pockets on the right and left panels permit you to store pens, pads, cards, and whatever other accessories you like.
The sunscreen includes an over-the-head shoulder cover, which stores in its own pouch and can be used to protect from bright light and harsh weather conditions. With this remarkable design, you really feel like you are sealed off from the outside world, with nothing to focus on but the bright, clear image in front of you.When the photoshoot wraps, the Pixel Sunscreen collapses flat and fits in the Tether Table’s storage case for safe keeping and easy transport.
Check out the Tether Table Aero and Think Tank Photo Pixel Sunscreen in action in this on-location behind-the-scenes video from photographer Sean Armenta.