Many modern digital cameras support tethered shooting, a process where you connect—or tether—your digital camera to your computer and save images to the computer’s hard disk rather than to the camera’s memory card. With tethered shooting you can view a photo on your computer screen immediately after you shoot it—a vastly different experience from seeing it on your camera’s LCD screen.
For a range of DSLR cameras including many models from Canon and Nikon, you can capture photographs directly into Lightroom 3 without the need for any third-party software. If your camera allows tethered shooting, but is not on the list of models supported by Lightroom, you can still capture images into your Lightroom library using either the image capture software associated with the camera or any of a number of third-party software solutions.
You can have Lightroom name the photos, add metadata, apply developing settings, and organize them in your library then and there. If necessary, you can adjust your camera settings (white balance, exposure, focus, depth of field, and others), or even change cameras, before taking the next shot. The better the quality of the captured image the less time you’ll need to spend adjusting it later.
Tethered shooting with a supported camera
- Connect your camera to the computer.
- In the Library module, choose File > Tethered Capture > Start Tethered Capture.
- In the Tethered Capture Settings dialog box, type a name for your shooting session. Lightroom will create a folder with this name inside the destination folder of your choice; this session folder will appear in the Folders panel.
- Chose a naming scheme for your shots, select a destination folder, and specify any metadata or keywords that you want Lightroom to apply as the newly captured images are imported.
- Click OK to close the Tethered Capture Settings dialog box. The tethered capture control bar appears.
The control bar displays the model name of the connected camera, the name you entered for the shooting session, and the current camera settings. You can choose from a wide range of Develop presets in the Develop Settings menu at the right. Trigger the shot either with the shutter button on your camera or by clicking the large circular button at the right of the control bar.
As you shoot, the images captured will appear in both the Grid view and the Filmstrip. To see each captured photo as large as possible, use the Loupe view and hide unwanted panels—as shown in the illustration below—or chose Window > Screen Mode > Full Screen And Hide Panels.