You thought that everything was perfect, your exposure, depth of field, composition: The files looked good on the camera’s LCD. You put your camera away feeling confident. At home, the images on your computer screen, you see a dozen little problems.
Been there, done that. Unseen errors on a camera’s LCD screen are a common problem and easily avoidable. Have you ever shot tethered?
Using a long USB cable, Adobe Lightroom, and some software, you can preview your images on your computer (desktop or laptop) as you take them. No more surprises when you’re about to start post-production.
It’s fairly straight-forward. Grab a USB cable and plug your camera into your computer.
Canon-users have it easier than Nikon users. Canon’s EOS Utility allows for remote shooting. Your freshly shot images can be displayed in a EOS window, in Canon Digital Photo Professional, or other software you select. Images can be automatically saved only on your hard disc or on the camera memory card as well.
Nikon users need an application called Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 ($147.98 on Amazon) to interface between the camera and Adobe Lightroom.
Scott Kelby has a great how-to on setting up Lightroom to display images as you shoot them. In short: Set up a folder on your desktop and set this folder as the save location from your remote shooting software. In Lightroom, set this folder to Auto Import. Voila! Anything you shoot will be available to view in Lightroom.
Give it a try and see if you can cut down on the “clunkers” saved to your SD and CF cards.