Inspired Tethered Setup for Vintage Shoot: Chris Fain

Posted by: on Oct 29, 2013

This article was written by Chris Fain for the Better When You Tether series of articles by professional photographers who experience the benefits of shooting tethered in various shooting environments.

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“The ability to shoot tethered is a big deal when it comes to working with my clients…I can also do quick adjustments and set basic shooting presets. So, as the images roll in I can see them with a basic representation of my vision.” – Chris Fain

About the Shoot

This was a portrait and headshot session for opera singer Kaitlyn Costello. We did the shoot at a studio I share with Peter Hurley in Chelsea, New York. The headshot itself is the standard constant light set up that we use for all our headshots. The portraits were a combination of flash and natural light. The theme for the shoot was vintage 50’s & 60’s with a fashion flare. My 15′ TetherPro cable made it super easy to move from setup to setup while staying tethered to the iMac.

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Photo courtesy ©Chris Fain

How did the setup impact the shoot?

The ability to shoot tethered is a big deal when it comes to working with my clients. To sit down between looks during the session and review the images on a full size monitor with the client is a huge advantage for both of us. It’s paramount when it comes to coaching different expressions. I can also do quick adjustments and set basic shooting presets. So, as the images roll in I can see them with a basic representation of my vision.

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Photo courtesy ©Chris Fain

The Gear:

Camera and Lenses: Canon 5D MK3Canon 100mm 2.8 LSigma 50mm 1.4

Lighting: Kino Flow 4 Bank 2×2′ & 2×4′2 Profoto D1 Air 500Paul C. Buff EinsteinElinchrom 39′ Deep Octa

Computer and Software: 27″ iMacLacie Rugged DrivesAdobe Lightroom 5 and Capture One Pro 7

Accessories: Feisol CT-3402 TripodFeisol CB-50DC Ball HeadPocketWizard Plus III’sProfoto Air RemoteTether Tools USB 2.0 and Firewire 800 cables and Tether Tools JerkStopper

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Photo courtesy ©Chris Fain


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About Chris Fain

Chris-FainAtlanta native, Chris Fain is quickly making himself known as one of the top portrait photographers in New York City. Though he’s only been behind the camera for five years, he has spent many years in the entertainment business as a professional musician and sound engineer in the film industry. His experience with other aspects of the entertainment business makes him an inventive and versatile photographer.

Chris has been fortunate to work with and learn from many of the top professionals within the photography world. Chris has spent the last two years being mentored and working as an Associate Photographer with Peter Hurley.

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