Tethering 101: Securing your Tether Cable

Posted by: on Mar 17, 2015 | 5 Comments

Just because you’re tethered to your computer, doesn’t mean you need to be stationary or on a tripod. Using cables that are 15 feet in length give you freedom to move around and try different angles and compositions. Start chaining together a few active extensions and before long, you’ll have the mobility to go from one end of the shoot to the other – inside or out. However, this mobility comes at a price – namely the risk of having your cable jerked out of your camera. It happens and usually you won’t even notice. You’ll be shooting away never realizing that your not connected to your computer and potentially not collecting the shots at all. A really bad pull on the cable can actually damage the cable connector on your camera costing you hundreds or thousands in repairs.

The Solution: Put a JerkStopper on it.

js020-jerkstopper-tethering-camera-support-02-webA JerkStopper removes the stress and strain from the cable and device ensuring the plug stays in and protects from damage. The camera support is made of two separate pieces. One connects to your camera via the camera strap eyelet and can stay connected to your camera at all times. The other piece connects to your cable via a clip system. When you’re ready to shoot, connect the two pieces and your cable is now secured.

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You can also connect the other end to your computer securely using the JerkStopper USB, which works by securing your cable to an empty usb slot on your computer.

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Both the Camera Support and JerkStopper USB are packaged together in the Tether Tools Tethering Kit. Or, if you use the Tether Table Aero System, use the JerkStopper Clip-On to secure the cable to your table.

As you can see, we have many great options to securing your cable.

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5 thoughts on “Tethering 101: Securing your Tether Cable”

  1. I’m not sure exactly how you are using cable ties unless your securing the cable to the leg of the desk?

    I would say that cable ties are not as convenient if you are constantly on the move. You would have to bring around a tool to cut them off which could damage your cable and if you have the client, art director, model on the shoot, they don’t look as professional.

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