Today I’m going to take you through how easy it is to shoot tethered in Photoshop CS5’s Adobe Lightroom 3. We did a special shoot just for this Chris Haber Photography blog with Cher & Joe just to show you how to do an entire photoshoot without even touching the camera.
Be sure you have enough room on your hard drive for the shoot before you get started. The photos will NOT be recorded in the camera memory card. Plug your compatible camera into your computer’s USB port, get all the drivers installed and you’re ready to go. Depending on your camera there may be extra steps involved, turning on settings within the body. Consult your instruction manual.
AFTER your camera is recognized by the computer open up Lightroom and click File > Tethered Capture > Start Tethered Capture . You can select the metadata profile you want to use, name your session, where to save the pics on the hard drive, even change how the files are numbered. For those shooting HDR or continuous, there is even an option to Segment Photos By Shots. This stacks all pics together that were taken in less than 2 seconds. IMPORTANT: Whichever file quality settings your camera is set to will be what is transferred into Lightroom. If you’re using Raw + Highest quality jpg be prepared to wait a few seconds between shots.
Get your camera set up, lights ready, and do your test shots. Once you’re dialed in, all you have to do is press the shutter button on the screen. After you start shooting, the way the pros and cons weigh out are obvious. You have an exponentially larger screen to view your work in, and if your monitor is already color calibrated, it should match the setup of your editing computer. You already know exactly what the final product looks like vs guessing at the tiny and uncalibrated screen on the back of the camera. The main con is definitely the USB transfer speed.
Now you have full resolution, full size preview capability, you can zoom in and out as needed, choose whether you want a single preview, side by side comparison, 4 tile, or 20 tile. Also, whatever image you have your cursor on will show up in the preview window in the upper left.
With Cher’s shot in the can and the fire extinguisher close at hand we went to work on the second shoot – Joe’s anti smoking shot.
For the sake of the shoot he smoked the entire pack and a half down to the butts to get in as many shutter clicks as possible. After it was all over we went out by the pool to hang out for a few minutes before leaving where Joe had a smoke LOL!!!! In the end everyone had a blast and went home with some cool pictures.