Although I have had the equipment to do it I have only recently started to shoot tethered while working the the studio, I like it.
My equipment/software list:
- Nikon D700
- Lens as needed
- Dell 13″ StudioXPS
- 500 gb external HD
- 15′ USB cable
- Gitzo 1258 Tripod
- ProLine GMS80A Conductor Sheet Music Stand
- Nikon Camera Control Pro 2
- And of course the studio light gear
So here is the basic setup: Simple and useful.
Tethered setup overview
The above image is from a catalog shoot I did for Jane Burch, see “The Transformation” article.
Tethered shooting allows me to view the images in real time on a 13 inch calibrated monitor, allows me to zoom into the images to check focus and detail.
- 13 inch image view
I rarely show the monitor to the model, unless I need to show them something specific – good or bad. I do, however, encourage the client, in this case the MUA, to review and comment as the photographs are taken to ensure they are getting what they want and need.
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Client reviewing images as
I don’t know if it’s the same with Canon equipment but Nikon software places the images onto the computer’s hard-drive not the CF card. I do not edit, much, on the laptop so I have the download directory on an external hard-drive for easy transfer to my desktop editing machine.
A final image
While this setup isn’t exactly ‘high end’ it works well for my needs.
A specials thanks to Tom Thompson for the behind the scenes shots.