One of the popular posts I did for Lightroom 4 described how to set up Lightroom to shoot tethered from your camera. I wanted to do a quick update to that post to show how tethering works in Lightroom 5.
Spoiler Alert: It’s the same.
To start a tethering session, under File select Tethered Capture > Start Tethered Capture…
The Tethered Capture Settings dialog will appear, where you can specify the name of the session, the template to use for the incoming file names, the location to store the images, and what metadata and keywords to use.
Once your settings are ready, click OK to proceed.
At this point, Lightroom should put you in the Library module, and you should see the heads up display (HUD) for the tethered session. Your camera model should show up on the left. If you have multiple connected cameras, you can toggle through them using the arrows by the camera model titles.
If everything is connected but the Lightroom HUD says “No Camera Detected”, it’s possible that you need to adjust a setting on your camera. Camera manufacturers very, but some require a bit of configuration to tell the camera what role the USB plays when a device is connected to it. Consult your camera manual if you have any questions.
On the HUD, you can set the default develop settings to apply to the incoming images. Between the Tethered Settings dialog and this option on the HUD, you get many of the same options that you would importing from a memory card. By placing the Develop Settings here, it makes it easy to adjust between presets during the shoot to test out different looks.
Now, you shoot. You can either use the shutter release on your camera or, if your camera supports it, the big gray button on the HUD. I’ve actually used that when my camera was on a tripod and stationary, so it’s a nice option to have.
I’m sure there is camera variety here, too, but when shooting tethered on the Nikon, the images get sent across the USB to the computer. They do not get stored on SD card and, therefore, there is no preview on the back of the camera. When you shoot tethered, the computer becomes your LCD, so that is something to keep in mind if you have a really long USB cable and the computer display isn’t in view.
When you’re done with your session, you can stop the tethering session by navigating to Tethered Capture > Stop Tethered Capture. You can also click the little X on the top right of the HUD.
That’s it! The images will be in your library, ready for you to process!
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