LightRoom 3 now supports tethered capture for Nikon D7000

EyeFi Pro, 4GB, SDHC, Wi-Fi, Memory, CardIf you have the drivers for the Nikon D7000 DSLR installed on your PC or MAC, and have the latest version 3.4 update to LightRoom 3 installed, you can shoot tethered with your camera.  Yay!

What is shooting tethered referring to here?

It is shooting, via a cable, between camera and PC or Mac.

Biggest advantage?

Seeing your results on a full-sized screen.

These are done via a USB cable for the Nikon D7000.

While tethering to a desktop computer is entirely possible, usually to support added portability, one cables to a mobile laptop computer.

I do wish there was a feature to both have a tethered capture and capture to camera.

This does not appear an available mode for the D7000.

In being tethered, one is faced with the obvious limitation of being attached via a length wire to our computers…

So, we lose some degree of motion.

In shooting with a tripod, in studio, this is a small matter.

In free form shooting, one must take care to avoid tangle and spills.

Biggest drawback?

    • Seems not to capture to camera in this mode…

This breeds three related issues:

    • No backup of the shot on a memory card
    • Slower shooting speeds
    • Bit harder to transfer work onto a workstation

Sure you can write from your PC to a memory card and move that to a desktop.  Or maybe you have a nifty server set up…

What you cannot do is directly hand your memory card off where ever you like…

Your images are probably on the laptop now.

I did try the Eye-Fi Pro 4 Giga Byte Wireless SDHC Memory Card…

These cards worked…

I got an image on my PC, and one on my camera.

As you know, a feature I like having.

Even so, I only used the Eye-Fi with my Nikon D90 Digital SLR… and then only twice.

The Eye-Fi worked painfully slowly uploading files through WiFi.

On the first occasion, I tested the Eye-Fi, making sure I knew how to use it.

Then I tried using it with a live glamour model.

The Eye-Fi, for shooting glamour, never quite caught up to where I was shooting.

For example, I might be shooting shot number 37 … and the Eye-Fi will be uploading shot number 3, or perhaps number 2 … or number 4 …

Even for shooting macro, it is irritatingly slow…

Point is, after the first shot, which you get to preview, using the Eye-Fi, you cannot preview additional shots, as you get way ahead of the Eye-Fi in any kind of fairly rapid shooting environment.  It takes a bit of time for each and every shot to upload, via wireless WiFi networks, to your computer.

It uploads via a first in first out method, so, you cannot see your last shots, until you see all the shots…

I kinda like to know quickly how my last shots went;  because, that is the point from which I am making additional adjustments.

Neat idea in principle, untethered (wirelessly) shooting and seeing on a big screen your shot.

In practice, Eye-Fi was too slow to be of much use for me.

Even though little used, I kept my Eye-Fi around, because the ability to shoot and preview full size is sometimes essential.

So I desired to have capability handy, just in case.

Now that I can shoot tethered using LightRoom 3, I’m selling my EyeFi Pro for what ever I can get for it.

If you shoot slow, like landscapes, the Eye-Fi might be an interesting tool for you to consider.

Current Eye-Fi X2 Pro‘s are capable of capturing files at Class 6 speed rates (see article on SDHC  Speed Class 6 vs Class 10 vs UHS-1 by clicking here) and will upload 18 MegaPixel Raw Files in under 15 seconds at 50 feet… I like the distance, the upload speed is too slow for my shooting style.

Predominantly in terms of critically necessary upload speeds, tethered shooting with the D7000 using LightRoom 3 is notably different from using Eye-Fi.

While we cannot take shots and preview them in rip-roaring 6 FPS (Frames Per Second) speeds … We can shoot till the camera buffer is full (10 shots raw capacity on D7000, see buffer capacity by clicking here).

LightRoom’s upload is relatively speedy through a USB cable, even for large 16 MB raw NEF files I am shooting.

It takes about 2 seconds per shot to upload.

These are generally very workable speeds.

The ‘Tethered Shooting’ menu is reached in LightRoom through the ‘File>Tethered Capture>Start Tethered Capture Menus‘.

If you do happen to use the shutter release within LightRoom, you cannot shoot follow on shots until the camera is done uploading.

If you do wish to be shooting rapid follow on shots, you can do so by using the release on the camera itself.

One advantage of using the PC to soft release the shutter is that you eliminate vibration while physically pressing the on camera shutter release.

This can be important for certain high vibration situations like macro photography.

In both macro photography and in glamour, it is a terrific advantage to have a full size preview on a large screen.

The large screen view allows one to catch many things nearly impossible to truly see via on camera LCD’s, like are eyes truly in focus?

What is the depth of field looking like?

Additionally, purely through perspective, things look different larger.

Sometimes however, or perhaps often, having a large screen, and its accompanying PC or MAC, may be cumbersome.

So, while we talk about tethered remote releasing, let us also broach the subject of untethered remote releasing.

For untethered remote releasing a D7000, without benefit and logistical overhead of accommodating the nearby large viewing screen, there are two obvious options.

Remote releasing provides for the ability to move away from the camera, directing models, holding modifiers, eliminating camera vibration, etc., while still releasing the shutter.

These remote releases are tiny, fitting easily into the palm of the hand.

The Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control is a battery powered thumb drive sized IR (Infra Red) light based shutter release system.

It triggers the IR sensor located on the front of the D7000 body via line of sight.

The biggest problem with the ML-L3 is this line of sight requirement.

Things like the lens body itself or the way the device is held in the hand often get in the way of this light and prevent the release from actuating the shutter… It is good for static subjects, like still life, where a shot will not be missed, if one misses the moment due to a miss fire.

The Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Release Cord is a 3 foot long cord with an accessory plug on one end and a release button mounted in a thumb drive shaped and sized box on the other end.   The accessory plug is about the size of and looking quite like a mini USB.  Be careful not to confuse it.

The correct insertion point for the accessory plug is into the D7000 “GPS” outlet.

Being a direct wired connection, the MC-DC2 provides very reliable shutter release.

The trigger will release the shutter from any position without regards to line of sight or other issues.   Depress the button half way, the camera focuses.  Depress the button all the way, the shutter goes click.

Whether you choose to go tethered or untethered, enjoy and explore the large world of remote shooting, now within easy reach.

To upgrade to or purchase a new copy of LightRoom 3 on Amazon, click here.

Cameras with Tethered Capture Support using LightRoom 3:

Canon

    • EOS 5D
    • EOS 5D Mark II
    • EOS 1D Mark II
    • EOS 1Ds Mark II
    • EOS 1D Mark III
    • EOS 1Ds Mark III
    • EOS 1D Mark IV
    • EOS 7D
    • EOS 550D (Digital RebelT2i/EOS Kiss X4 Digital)
    • EOS 500D (Rebel T1I(EOS /Kiss X3 Digital)
    • EOS 450D (Rebel XSI/EOS Kiss X2)
    • EOS 1000D (Rebel XS/EOS Kiss F)
    • EOS 350D (Rebel XT/EOS Kiss Digital N)
    • EOS 400D (Rebel XTi/EOS Kiss Digital X)
    • EOS 20D
    • EOS 30D
    • EOS 40D
    • EOS 50D
    • EOS 60D

Notes on Canon cameras

    • Set 5D, 20D, and Digital Rebel XT (350D/Kiss Digital N) to PC Connect Mode before using.
    • 5D, 1Ds Mark II, EOS 350D (Rebel XT/EOS Kiss Digital N) on Windows require a driver downloaded from Canon. This driver is not available for 64-bit versions of Windows.
    • 1D Mark II and 1Ds Mark II do not work in Windows 7 in 64 bit or 32 bit.
    • 20D is not supported on Windows.
    • Using the 50D in Windows, images can fail to come into the computer if the compact flash card is inserted or removed during the session.
    • Connect 1D Mark II, 1Ds Mark II via FireWire for tethered support.
    • For the 60D, it’s necessary that a card is in the camera for tethering to work properly.

Nikon

Notes on Nikon cameras

    • If you trigger the shutter with the tether bar capture button, the image must finish downloading before another photo can be captured. Triggering a capture with the shutter release button on the camera does not have this limitation.
    • Images do not save to the compact flash card. They are only downloaded to the computer.
    • D200 is not supported on Windows.
    • Only one Nikon camera can be attached at a time.
    • Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.6 are not officially supported for the D3x, D90, and D5000, but they can still work.

 Leica

    • Leica S2 (Lightroom 3.2). Not supported on Windows XP.


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One Response to LightRoom 3 now supports tethered capture for Nikon D7000

  1. The 1d classic has the best colour reproduction, i even think its as good as the mark 2.

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