Having Issues Shooting Tethered into Adobe Lightroom?

Posted by: on Apr 6, 2016 | One Comment


Nothing is more frustrating than being ready to shoot, but stopped dead in your tracks with a tethered capture not cooperating. If Adobe Lightroom isn’t capturing photos consistently during tethered shooting, take some time and review the three troubleshooting suggestions below.

Before we hop into getting your tethered capture running smoothly, confirm that Adobe Lightroom supports your camera for tethered shooting. Also, make sure that your camera is supported by the version of Lightroom that you’re using and the operating system that your computer is running. 

  1. Download the most recent version of Lightroom

Now this one might seem obvious, but make sure your Adobe Lightroom is update-to-date and any and all updates have been downloaded and installed.

  1. How to recover from a dropped connection

First try and turn the camera off and on. If that doesn’t work, try completely disconnecting the camera from the computer. Then, turn the computer off and on, and try tethered shooting again:

  • Turn off the camera.
  • Disconnect the camera from the computer.
  • Quit Lightroom and restart the computer.
  • Open Lightroom.
  • Reconnect the camera.
  • Turn on the camera and try tethered shooting.
  1. Nikon users: Remove the memory card out of your camera

As you might already know, Nikon cameras do not write an image copy to the memory card in the camera. If you have a card full of data, or a card in your camera at all it could interfere with the data transfer. It’s best to simply remove it.

Still having issues? Head over to the Adobe Lightroom help page for more information.

1 thought on “Having Issues Shooting Tethered into Adobe Lightroom?”

  1. I’ve been trying to use my D5300 with Lightroom CC 2015.6 on my Windows 10 computer and it simply will not recognize the camera when attempting to do a tethered capture session. It imports from the camera without any problem. I’ve tried several other pieces of software from Nikon’s Camera Control Pro (trial), digiCam Control, and PhaseOne Capture Pro 9, all work with no problem. It’s obvious this is an Adobe problem. Is there a way to make this work? Any advice?

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