Dig­i­tal dark­ROOM Trig­ger your cam­era

Ge­orge Cairns shows how you can use Lightroom to con­trol a cam­era that’s teth­ered to your com­puter, and au­to­mat­i­cally add key­words as you im­port

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If you do a lot of stu­dio-based shoot­ing then you may find it use­ful to con­nect your cam­era di­rectly to your lap­top or desk­top com­puter via a USB ca­ble. This will enable you to im­port each photo straight into Lightroom’s Cat­a­log as you trig­ger the cam­era’s shut­ter. By tether­ing the cam­era to your com­puter and run­ning Lightroom you can stream­line the pro­duc­tion stage of your work­flow, be­cause you won’t need to im­port a large batch of pho­tos from a mem­ory card later on.

Look­ing at an im­ported pho­to­graph on a larger screen also means you can spot prob­lems such as a lack of fo­cus or tiny in­tru­sive de­tails more eas­ily than you could if you were look­ing at the same photo on the cam­era’s much smaller rear LCD. This gives you the op­por­tu­nity to ad­just the cam­era’s set­tings and re­take the photo to cap­ture a bet­ter ver­sion there and then, in­stead of hav­ing to redo the whole shoot at a later date. So, grab your Nikon and USB ca­ble and let’s try teth­ered shoot­ing…

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