Lightroom Crash Course: How To Use Tethered Capture In Lightroom

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Featured, Photography Tips

Lightroom Crash Course: How To Use Tethered Capture In Lightroom

A popular way to import images into Lightroom is to use tethered capture, and this is a great option for when you’re working in the studio because tethered capture allows you to check images on a large screen while you’re shooting. You can zoom in, check your detail, see where your light is falling, rather than trying to look at everything on the little LCD on-camera.

This is an excerpt from our Lightroom Crash Course tutorial. Access the full tutorial as a Premium Member or purchase the workshop directly from our store here.

Using Tethered Capture With Lightroom

Tethered Capture in Lightroom is not necessarily compatible with every single camera so you should check here to see if your camera is compatible first. If you find that it is not working, be sure that your camera is actually supported via LR for this feature. I’m using my Canon 5D Mark III and it is compatible.

Note: Lightroom’s tethered capture is not as powerful as something like Capture One. Capture One is the standard when it comes to tethered capture, but this method is still great for studios that are beginning to do studio-based work.


1. Plug your camera directly into the computer with a long USB cable. As we shoot, Lightroom is going to import directly into the catalog. We can even have it apply develop settings, import settings, and everything right from camera.

2. Go to your file menu, bring up the tethered capture option and click Start Tethered Capture.


3. Give it a session name, choose a naming option, choose a location for the images, (we made a folder on our desktop), and then choose the metadata if you want it.


4. On the next screen, you can actually choose a develop setting if you’d like to include one (see above screenshot), turn your camera on, and Lightroom should automatically detect the camera.

5. When you take a picture it’ll come directly into the catalog, and apply the processing preset you’ve set.

You can even control your camera from Lightroom. There’s a button that will fire the camera when you click it, so you can set your camera onto a tripod, and click Capture directly from Lightroom, that way you don’t even need a cable release. You can actually use Lightroom as your cable release.


Tethered Capture is a great feature built right into Lightroom. It might not be the best solution for a studio, but if you’re just starting out and it’s compatible with your camera, it’s a great place to start with tethering until you’re ready to move on to something a little more advanced.

For more tips on Lightroom be sure to check out the full Lightroom Crash Course, available to all Premium Members or purchase the workshop directly from our store here.


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