Comments on: Tethered shooting in Lightroom The latest news about the top pixel wrangling application on the planet. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:04:44 +0000 hourly 1 By: guate6 guate6 Fri, 28 Mar 2008 16:51:41 +0000 Martin:
I’ve been wanting to know how the entire process works for some time now. I didn’t know it was called “tether” I, for some reason, thought that the term “workflow” was for this process.

I’m a Nikon D100 -series user (D200) and have been asked to do portraits at my local church for the employees, as all the pictures originally were done by polaroid, and are a few years old. I had seen other photographers, at parties and what not, using this method, where the image appears almost immediately after shooting it, and I’ve been curious since.

I got my copy of Capture 4.4, and connected the camera, and then I also opened Lightroom and used the auto-import option. It works like a charm. Thank you for having taken the time to write about it. I will host a mini-workshop now for a local group of Nikon users to be able to do the same, and/or co-host with my friend who shoots canon.

Again, thank you.

By: Martin Evening Martin Evening Tue, 30 Jan 2007 18:39:43 +0000 Actually, I can reveal now that in version 1.0 the loupe view does now auto refresh when you shoot in tethered mode.


By: Liveengineer Liveengineer Sun, 28 Jan 2007 03:32:12 +0000 Thanks for the info peoples
Using EOS400,Win xp,EOS utility pointing to designated folder and open in program set to none.
LR set to auto import. All works great so far.
Auto refreshing loupe would be nice


By: benanders benanders Wed, 17 Jan 2007 20:08:04 +0000 Hi Martin,

Thanks for describing this method of shooting directly into LR. I did have a real struggle to find the Canon Viewer software that you describe. I am shooting with a Canon 5D and I think that the software is not combatible with the 5D. Canon do not give the option to download Canon Viewer for this camera, so I think that we are stuck with Image Browser.

I know this thread is a little old now, however to answer eclic, the following is how I manged to set up shooting tethered with Image Browser on a 5D. This seems to work with my set up and is ultimately very similar to Martin’s steps. Martin I hope you don’t mind me sharing…

Tether camera and turn camera on.
(Canon camera window will auto open)

Launch Image Browser
Click the Canon camera icon which will launch Camera Window DSLR
Click remote shooting and then choose/create folder for images to be saved into through the canon software.

No need to quit any canon software.
Launch LR. – Under Preferences and import, check enable auto import, choose the folder you set up previously in step 1, and also under auto import settings, select a shoot folder within LR. This is where the image will ultimately be saved in. Also set any other meta etc.

I hope this helps.



By: Martin Evening Martin Evening Fri, 22 Dec 2006 16:31:57 +0000 Have you tried clicking on the Monitor Folder button? This is the option you need for setting a watched folder that lightroom can then auto import from.


By: eclic eclic Fri, 22 Dec 2006 16:14:24 +0000 Hi Martin

I have the EOS Utility 1.1.1 and I have ImageBrowser but I cannot seem to find a way to make a watched folder. I guess I’ll contact Canon tech support. It makes the folder (you set-up in the prefs) after you shoot a frame (that I can monitor in Bridge) but LR seems to need a folder made in advance (the watched folder). Unless I am misunderstanding something about LR. Can LR watch and update a premade folder like Bridge can? Any chance LR will find a way to bypass using the camera manufacturers applications so we can tether directly to LR?


By: Martin Evening Martin Evening Fri, 22 Dec 2006 15:54:10 +0000 I can’t remember exactly where EOS Utility is located, but it is freely available on Canon’s website. I have not described EOS Viewer here, but have used it successfully with the EOS 400D camera. Try doing a more general web search.


By: eclic eclic Fri, 22 Dec 2006 15:30:04 +0000 I have a Canon 5D and I’ve been using demo versions of Capture One to tether and it usually works great (MacBookPro). Connecting, setting up new shots and file naming is very easy. But I feel the processing is limited especially because C1Pro doesn’t have HSL tuning like Lightroom and now Bridge CS3.

I sometime use the Canon utility and view incoming files in Bridge – then open files in Camera Raw and save new default settings to set WB, exp, curves, etc. I tried to follow the method above but I do not have EOS Viewer – I don’t see it on Canon’s website either. In the EOS Utility prefs I don’t see a way to set a “watched” folder that Lightroom can see. Is there a way with either ImageBrowser or EOS Utility to set a watched folder? I find using any of the Canon software apps to be painful. I would rather invest in Adobe Lightroom than C1Pro because I’m sure Adobe will be around (much) longer.

By: Martin Evening Martin Evening Sat, 16 Dec 2006 08:23:04 +0000 I understand what you are saying and others have requested the same: a kind of auto refreshing loupe mode display that refreshes each time a new shot is added. It won’t happen this time for version 1.0, but could possibly become an auto imoprt preference for a future program update.

Different programs and operating systems have their different strengths and weaknesses. As a Mac user I am very envious of how easy it is to do a complete uninstall on a Windows box! Camera driver problems can occur on either platform and as you will gather from the article, to get this to work it’s a kludge that is reliant on external programs/drivers being able to do the actual import, and Lightroom simply picks up the imported files from there and manages them.


By: kkww kkww Sat, 16 Dec 2006 01:44:43 +0000 Martin,

Thanks for the primer. You don’t go into the later aspects of the workflow — I’d be interested to know how you pragmatically work with the programs in terms of full-screen image viewing, so that you can see the image large as soon as possible after hitting the shutter button, without having to do anything at all on the computer. In particular, to be across the room from the computer (wherever I’ve moved to shoot), and glance over at a large monitor and see the image, and not need to walk all the way over each time…

I’ve also had lots of problems (on windows) with the camera driver malfunctioning if the camera is ever disconnected — I have to reboot to get winXP to re-recognize the camera. Or if I want to switch from 1DmkII to 1Ds, even if I properly disconnect from the canon software first, I still have to reboot to get winXP to recognize the other camera. Just laugh at me for using Windows. But still, it’s important to know the best way to make the situation work, so wondering if you have thoughts on that.


By: Martin Evening Martin Evening Thu, 07 Dec 2006 08:10:10 +0000 To add to what Sean has written, it can be confusing if you tether a camera to Lightroom and there are files already on a card in the camera. This is because in Lightroom there is a default preference to auto show the Import Photos dialog and will prompt you to download the files from the card (which is not the same as tethered shooting). You could cancel out of this or change the preferences in Lightroom to not launch this dialog automatically, or download those files and clear the card. Then you would be able to proceed following the tethered shooting instructions. Hope this helps.


By: SeanMcFoto SeanMcFoto Thu, 07 Dec 2006 02:55:55 +0000 Hi Phillip.
I’ve been in your thread and am using EOS Utility too.
What you are describing has nothing to do with tethering per se. Lightroom simply imported the images from your camera into its Library, using Segment by Date with the default option of placing inside a containing shoot called 2006. The Canon software did not import the images.
To shoot tethered using EOS Utility, you connect the camera (via firewire for you) and the 3rd option (Shoot remotely) in EOS Utility becomes available. When you click this a box similar to the screen capture in step 3 above appears. You click on the little computer icon and this allows you to set up the capture options and location. The steps are the same from there.
This does work.

By: Santa Fe Santa Fe Wed, 06 Dec 2006 22:54:49 +0000 Martin,

I just wanted to pass something on to you that happened to me this afternoon with regards to tethering with LR. I began a thread at Adobe and your link led me here.

I use a Canon EOS 1Ds MkII and use the following Canon software: ImageBrowser, CameraWindow, EOS Utility, and of course, DPP. Just a moment ago, I was attempting to upload some images from my camera and CameraWindow would not launch. It simply bounced in the dock, then nothing. But then LR opened and prompted me to upload my new files. The import window that was open had the correct folder ’2005-12-06′ ready to go. As is the norm with Canon software, it uses that naming convention.

Moving ahead, each image was imported from the camera into LR. No problem. Once I was done I began looking for the above-mentioned folder and found it in Pictures/Lightroom/Photos/2006/2006-12-06.

I have had a full-plate today and only skimmed your tether article. You wrote it, I’ve read and done it several times: we must use software that came with our particular cameras to move the cameras images to the computer then from there we link into LR. Well, that is not what I experience today. The Canon software would not open, LR launched and opened the Import window and so on. One could argue that the Canon software actually did open and import the images. If that were the case, the new image folder would be found in Pictures/2006-12-06, not buried in the Lightroom folder.

About a week ago, I updated my Canon software. I updated DPP then EOS Utility would not function properly. So, I had to update that as well. All four software programs work as they should, that is until this afternoon.

I could be totally wrong in all of this, but I’m telling you what I experienced. Nothing more. I like to hear your thoughts on this.

Phillip Anthony Briles

By: pep9454 pep9454 Wed, 06 Dec 2006 21:07:43 +0000 I know that Canon has the ability to wirelessly transmit with their WiFi transmitter. Will this be available the same way as shooting tethered?