Why and How to Shoot Tethered

An important part of photographing products is to have an effective workflow — one that allows you to work quickly as well as accurately.

One of the best ways to do this is to shoot tethered.

In this class Karl explains the basics of tethered shooting, including what tethered shooting is, what is needed to shoot tethered, as well as the numerous advantages of shooting tethered.

You’ll also learn exactly how to shoot tethered as he demonstrates how to use some of the most popular tethering softwares, including Lightroom, Capture One, and Phocus.


  1. Hi Karl! Nice video, very explicative.
    For example I work in Ecommerce photography for clothing always on models, I shoot 80-100 items per day , so very fast enviroment and the team is at the screen selecting the images on Capture One with different colors depending on the need. like purple means check again, red is maximum priority(online in 24hours), yellow is less priority and so on, so when the export is done the retouching team already knows what to do. I find this system so basic and easy but so practical and time saving.

  2. Hi karl,

    Thank you for this video again…As Im starting , do I need to have both Lightroom and Capture one ?


    1. Hi Louna, no I think you will be fine just testing with LR first and then later you can move up to capture one.

  3. Capture One certainly got a lot pricier since I last looked at it!

    I shoot with Micro Four Thirds (both Olympus and Panasonic) and their software is a bit clunky too, although Olympus less so than Panasonic. Unfortunately those cameras aren’t supported to tether with Lightroom, so what I do to get around that is use the Lr Auto Import feature.

    I specify a global landing folder for all shoots I do on my desktop, then I tell Lr to look in that folder and automatically add the images to a new folder for the current shoot.

    1. I love Fuji, but I don’t have one. I don’t generally talk about any particular brand on our classes as they are all just tools to get a job done. It’s how you get the job done that I talk about.

  4. Hi Karl.
    Thank you for this information.
    I tried to tether with my Sony 7Rii camera, but it doesn’t work.
    I tried the Sony software and Lightroom, but for some reason, it’s just not possible to make a connection even I follow the steps.
    I didn’t buy the capture one yet, because I’m afraid it will not work as well.
    Can you give me advice, what I should do?
    Thank you in advance for your answer.

    1. Hi, If the software says that the A7rii is compatible then I can’t understand why it wouldn’t work. Also Sony Image Edge should definitely work, maybe you have faulty cable?

  5. I was glad to see you included Capture One as an option (it is what I am using with my Canon 5D Mk IV). I still use Lightroom for final image cataloging as it seems more intuitive for that function. I still have trouble getting my head around C1 cataloging implementation.

    Since I work alone, I have the camera tethered to my MacBook Pro running Capture One. I also have a 27″ calibrated NEC monitor connected to the laptop to get better feedback on “color” and detail. Recently, I also added a wall-mounted 65″ Samsung QLED TV which when I am in Live View really helps me set lights and composition to check shadows, etc. wirelessly via Apple AirPlay. The 65″ is not color accurate, but really helps when setting up a scene until I can rent an Ashleigh!

    1. Thanks for the info John, I also can’t get my head around the C1 cataloguing I wish there was an option to switch it off. Great idea with the TV and live view!

  6. Hi Karl, Thanks muchly for this lesson.
    Tethering for me fell into the ‘know about tethering’ category rather than the ‘Know tethering’.
    It is now much clearer. I will ‘Know tethering’ when I practice it..
    I was slightly taken aback by your mild denigration of the workable alternative free software and the perfectly logical ‘promotion’ of Capture One without mentioning that though the first two were free, Capture One would cost, at today’s prices, either £180 annual subscription or £300 to own outright.
    Free Clunky v Costly Smooth.
    As ever your tutorials are of the highest standard available on the internet. Keep it up.

    1. Thanks Ted, I’ve just got to grips with C1 – unfortunately as a competitor to Phocus they don’t allow you to shoot Hasselblad RAW files into C1, but I use it for the Sony or Canon now. I went for the outright purchase as it seemed like better value after a couple of years.

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