Tethering 101

Posted by: on Feb 18, 2015 | 29 Comments

Whether you’re new to photography or a seasoned veteran, getting started in tethered photography can open up new ideas, new workflows and a new style of photography for you. Over the years at TetherTalk.com, we’ve written quite a few posts aimed at beginning tetherers, but we haven’t put them into any kind of order to progress you through what you need to know. Some of the articles need to complete this journey have yet to be written. So we’ll start with the basics and progress to equipment you need, ways to tether wirelessly and how to use tethering to get the perfect shot during every session you have.

At the end of each article will be a link to the next article we recommend. If you follow along this flow, you will be an expert in no time. We hope you will share what you’ve learned along the way by commenting on posts. We’ll keep a table of contents of articles here, so you can refer back to it at any time and keep track of where you are in the journey. Since many of the articles aren’t written yet, check back frequently or subscribe to our Twitter or Facebook page to learn when new posts are available.

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29 thoughts on “Tethering 101”

  1. I canĀ“t find the option to both record the image in Lightroom and on the memory card. Nikon d7100 and lightroom5. Could you help me out

  2. Hello, I have a Nikon D7200, LR 5.7, the correct tethering cable for that particular model and when I follow the simple directions the status bar reads, “No camera detected.” Can you please help me without it causing me to buy more stuff? Thank you in advance.

  3. Just bought a tetherpro cable, connect to my tablet with helicon remote and it won’t connect, if l use the short nikon cable it works….what’s going on?

  4. I am trying to tether my Nikon D810 in Lightroom to my laptop running Windows 10. I have the TetherBoost Pro cable (with charged battery pack attached) and the 15′ USB 3 cable connected to my laptop. At best, I can get a few images to transfer. But, typically, it stays connected until I press the shutter button and then drops. I can see the exposure info change as I turn a dial but as soon as I take a shot, it looses connection. Sometimes Lightroom knows I took the shot and starts to try to load the image but the connection drops. Lightroom keeps trying to load the image but since there’s no connection, nothing happens or Lightroom freezes up. The camera says “PC” in the image counter (the camera knows that it is connected) and I can see the camera in Windows File Explorer (Windows knows that the camera is connected.) So, thinking it might be a Lightroom issue, I downloaded and installed Capture One but had the same result. I have turned off “selective suspend” in the Windows USB power settings and then went into device manager and unchecked “Allow computer to power off device to conserve power” for all the USB ports. I have tested the exact same setup numerous times on my desktop in Lightroom and everything works perfectly. The only difference that I can see is that I am able to use a USB 2.0 on my desktop. If I use a USB 3.0 port I get the same result as I had on my laptop. So… I preemptively bought the TetherBoost cable thinking that it was supposed to prevent the exact issue that I am experiencing. What gives?

  5. I seem to have gotten through the set-up process successfully, but I can’t figure out: 1. How to maintain an Internet connection between my router and my computer while I have a connection between Case Air and my router; 2. How to maintain an Internet connection between my router and Case Air while my computer is on-line; 3. Why Case Air still won’t work even without an Internet connection, because I was told it will function even when I’m in places that do not offer Internet connections; 4. How to specify a destination for where the pictures go/get the software to respond when I fire directly from the computer as opposed to firing from the software.

  6. @Curt

    Once you connect your Case Air to your router, you would connect your computer to your Case Air. The Case Air will then pass any internet requests to the internet and back. Basically in this setup, the Case Air is your router for your computer. This will maintain internet connection for your computer.

    This step is entirely optional as you don’t need internet for the Case Air. You do need to connect to the Case Air wifi from you computer or mobile device to make it work, but it doesn’t need to be connected to the internet.

    The destination for where the photos are stored is in the Case Remote settings (the software settings). This is where photos are stored whether you use the camera or the software to take the picture.

  7. Can you offer me advice on how to shoot tethered (Capture One Pro or Lightroom) with me Hasselblad H2 with H101 – P25 back?

  8. Josh,
    Thank you for your reply. The P25 Back is a Phase One production. The H2 was the last (I think) the last Hasselblad camera to use the Phase One backs, which is one reason I have held on to my H2.

  9. Fantastic. Canon EOS1, Ds, Mark 111. What size image can I transfer. I shoot CR2 Raw large most of the time for my industrial and commercial clients. My indoor stuff for conventions and awards I usually shoot Raw small. I want to know what do I need to get started with this and what can I do. I shoot tethered now foe my fashion work. Connected to my Mac by cable. I really want to get away from that. All info you can give me would much appreciated.

  10. I used to shoot tethered and miss it. Seems like I can’t get it to work with my D700. Some function missing on the Nikon menu on this 6model. Is that correct? Would wire;less tethering work with Case Air Wireless Tethering System?

  11. @Connie, the Case Air Wireless Tethering System will work with the Nikon D700 but has the following limitations: This camera does not support bulb mode, movie mode, or focus stacking. Only supports shooting in single shot and continuous shoot modes.

  12. Hi Brandon! So sorry to hear you’re having trouble. If you’re having difficulty with any of our products, please get in touch with our customer service team at 888-854-6565 and someone from that team would be more than happy to help you out.

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