This article was written by Moshe Zusman for the Better When You Tether series of articles by professional photographers who experience the benefits of shooting tethered in various shooting environments. Moshe Zusman takes us on a quick journey of the benefits of tethering wirelessly in the studio and how the client’s experience is enhanced.
Change the Experience with Wireless Tethering
There is a certain intimidation clients feel when they enter a photography studio. Sometimes, it’s a little scary…with the gear and lights it can look like an operating room. I had a family come to the studio for a very special shoot – the husband and father was recovering from open heart surgery and they wanted to do something to commemorate this time in their lives. The ‘operating room’ feeling was something I wanted to avoid.
A shoot like this is the exact situation where wireless tethering works so well for me – it is a great way to make the clients feel more comfortable. Showing the images as they come up on the laptop is a great way to be more inclusive with the client and help them relax during the session. I can wheel my laptop on the Tether Tools Aero Table to the client where they can easily see the images. When they see live images, they are even more excited about the direction of the shoot.
Wireless tethering optimizes mobility and versatility in the studio and on location. I use an Eye-Fi card to tether wirelessly. With my 1Dx, it works in an infrastructure environment (in the studio with a router). If I am on location, I set it to ad-hoc mode, my card and laptop talk without the need for a router. The card is also flexible enough to let me tether to an iPad or iPhone. If I’m out of range, the moment I’m back in range the Eye-Fi begins syncing again without my having to do anything.
At the end of the day, I couldn’t be more fortunate than to do what I love. I’m honored clients ask me to capture such special moments.
– Moshe Zusman
With wireless tethering, I also don’t have to worry about cables running everywhere, which is great for keeping the studio organized and free of tripping hazards. In this shoot, it was ideal with a little-one walking around and for the comfort of dad.
At the end of the day, I couldn’t be more fortunate than to do what I love. I’m honored clients ask me to capture such special moments. I can’t put it any better than this client – “We are feeling both lucky and emotional. We are hoping that we could get a photo for Valentine’s Day – Happy Heart Day has a whole new meaning”.
With nearly a decade of photography experience, Moshe Zusman has become one of the most sought after wedding photographers in the competitive Washington, DC market. His work has been profiled in national and industry media outlets, and has earned him accolades including the WeddingWire Brides Choice Award for five years in a row.
Moshe’s command of lighting techniques has been profiled in publications including Rangefinder and has inspired a series of workshops and guest speaking engagements across the country.
Moshe is also an instructor at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts, and speaks at national and industry events throughout the year, including WPPI and PDN PhotoPlus.Better When You Tether, Moshe Zusman