Using the Case Air Wireless Tethering System with Adobe Lightroom

Posted by: on Dec 21, 2016 | 18 Comments

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is…How can I use the Case Air with Adobe Lightroom? The answer is watched folders. This will work on Mac computers and Windows computers.

Once setup, after each photo is taken using the Case Air and Case Remote application, the image will automatically import and show in Adobe Lightroom.

To set it up, it’s a simple two step process.

  1. Set the download location in the Case Remote application. In both Mac and Windows this is in the settings option. For specific instructions read the Mac version here or the Windows version here. Make sure that you have set Auto Download to on in the settings.
  2. In Adobe Lightroom Classic CC (does not work in Lightroom CC), set up your watched folder.


A couple things to note:

  1. This only works with the desktop versions of Case Remote and Adobe Lightroom. It does not work with on iOS (iPhone or iPad) or on Android. Adobe Lightroom Mobile doesn’t support watched folders or auto importing.
  2. You must have both applications open at the same time. The Case Remote application will transfer the file and Adobe Lightroom will import it.
  3. The first time you setup a watched folder in Adobe Lightroom, the folder must be empty. If you already have images in the folder, you will need to clear them out or choose a new download location.
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18 thoughts on “Using the Case Air Wireless Tethering System with Adobe Lightroom”

  1. @Robert,

    The Software can only connect to one Case Air at a time and you can’t run multiple instances of the software because the computer has to connect to the individual wifi networks created by the Case Air. You can manually disconnect and re-connect to separate case airs. In this case, they can all save to the same watch folder.

  2. I would be using the wireless tethering for astrophotography. Is there any way to use the software or complementary software (e.g. Lightroom) to run a script for bulb exposures. For example to automatically take 60, four minute exposures in succession?

  3. Joe,

    It can be used with any complementary software that supports watched or hot folders. Lightroom and Capture One both support that.

    Unfortunately we don’t have the ability to run a script. You can do a time lapse and a bulb mode, but not in the combination you are asking for. However, I’ve noted the idea for future development.

  4. I have been using your cable system to tether to my Macbook Pro and into Lightroom when shooting a lot of headshots quickly. I have Lightroom set up so after I shoot someone, my last subject can look through their shoot and pick their “favorite” for me to process while I am shooting and tethering the next subject. Can I do the same with the Case wirelessly and if so, is the transfer slowed down very much via wi-fi?

  5. Yes, you simply point the watch folder to the folder where Case Air saves the photos on the computer. You can set this folder in the settings section of the Case Remote software.

  6. You can scroll through all the photos take on the Case Air – or any photos currently on the SD Card when the Case Air is connected. However, there is currently no selection or flagging capabilities in the app itself. So you could have them pick their favorite, but you would have to note which one they selected.

    Wifi is considerably slower than a cable. You can however shoot JPG + RAW and have only the JPG files transfer to the device to speed up the process.

  7. Is there anyway of doing this without the photos opening up the crappy Microsoft ‘Photo’s window every time you take an image?

  8. I tried hooking up two Case Airs on a single computer with two wifi adapters (one internal and one USB) and it couldn’t work, sadly. Is there a way to make it work?

    While the unit itself works great, but attempting to scale the use of it in event or instant printing situations looks to be incredibly difficult if you have to bring an additional device for each Case Air unit.

  9. Hi there JS!

    Give our tech support team a call at 888-854-6565 and they’ll be able to troubleshoot with you. Thanks!

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