Wireless Tethered Photography with Adobe Lightroom

Posted by: on Apr 4, 2013 | 10 Comments

Updated: 10/26/2016

Shooting tethered to Adobe Lightroom is a fantastic tool to view images in real time and critically evaluate composition, focus and lighting. However certain environments may not be practical to connect a tethering cable between the camera and computer workstation.  Although using a tethering cable still provides the fastest transfer rates, advances in technology now allow for quick, reliable and easy wireless connections between the camera and computer to immediately view images in Adobe Lightroom.

Prior to starting you will need a Case Air Wireless Tethering System. Case Air is a wireless tethering system compatible with a variety of camera manufacturers and models. There are tons of features with the Case Air and it will transmit images to any Apple iOS, Mac, Android or Windows PC device.

Once you have Case Air set up, integrating Lightroom is simple. Launch the included Case Air Mac or PC software and go to Settings. Establish a directory to save images and make sure “Auto-Download Images” is checked. Then minimize the Case Air software.

Now in Lightroom create an auto import or “Watched Folder”. Watched Folders in Lightroom are easy to create and use. The concept is simple; any time an image file is placed in the folder the image will automatically populate into Lightroom. In Lightroom, go to File -> Auto Import -> Auto Import Setting. Check Enable Auto Import, navigate to the same Watched Folder you are placing the images in from the Case Air Software. Then create a final destination folder for the Lightroom images, create custom file names, keywords, develop presets, etc.

Then with the Case Air connected to the camera – begin shooting. Wireless, the images will automatically be brought into the Case Aire software but it should be minimized in the background.

Visible on the computer screen is Lightroom simultaneously bringing up the same image.

If desired, apply predetermined presets in the auto import dialog box and all of the images with be automatically imported with your own unique look and style.


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10 thoughts on “Wireless Tethered Photography with Adobe Lightroom”

  1. I’ve been tethering using my canon cameras for a few years without any problems. But since i purchased a canon 1DX, i’m having problems tethering in LR 5.6.
    I can bump off about 3 shots. Then all of a sudden, my 1DX locks up and also LR doesnt work anymore. I take the battery out of the camera and restart and i can only get 2-3 shots off, then this problem starts all over again.

  2. How can I change the download folder on MacOS? There is no option for this and the path field can’t be edited.

  3. Hi, I’ve set up the case air with a watch folder in Lightroom when I take a photo the phot appears in Lightroom and the picture viewer in windows.

    I’m not using the picture folder as a watch folder, I’m using two external drives 1 for the watch folder and 1 for the storage of the photos. How can I get the picture view for popping up with each picture?

  4. I’ve been tethering using my canon cameras for a few years without any problems. But since I purchased a canon EOS5Ds, I’m having problems tethering in LR.
    I can bump off about 5 to 10 shots. Then all of a sudden, my camera locks, doesn’t work anymore. I take the battery out of the camera and restart and I can only get 5-10 shots off, then this problem starts all over again.
    Can you let me know whats going on?

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