As I have mentioned before, tethering your camera to the computer is a very simple solution. You get the pictures onto the computer immediately for review and post-production.
It is especially simple in Adobe Lightroom:
It does, however, have some watch-its.
For one, it is not always stable. Even with the latest version of Lightroom, that fixes bugs that “only happen to Canon cameras tethered to a Mac” (yeah – only the most popular combination!), there’s still plenty to worry about. Disconnect the camera momentarily and things grind to a halt. Change the memory card: ditto. In real-life use like the Santa shoot, several times a day I have to reset camera, restart tethering; even restart Lightroom or worse, reboot the Mac.
Also, you can be lulled into a false sense of security. The pics are on the computer now, so all i swell, right? Yes, but backups… what if your computer fails?
So my tips for real life tethering:
- Find a long USB cable
- Secure it well
- Use large memory cards
- Do not delete them – keep them until your computer is backed up
- Take your time, allow for restarts
- Update Lightroom to the very latest version
- Avoid doing anything else with the camera while shooting tethered.
- Unselect “Auto Advance Selection” if you are working while shooting.
- Apply your favourite develop settings as at of the tethered setup.
Do all that and you can have a good workflow!
Back to Santa shooting.