Shooting Tethered

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Capturing tethered with Capture One Pro 7 makes collaboration on productions easy, especially with Capture Pilot for iOS and web enabled devices.

Capture One Pro 7 has long been the industry standard for fast and reliable capture directly from your DSLR to your computer. Simply plug your compatible DSLR into Capture One Pro and begin capturing tethered immediately, with these benefits:

  • Instant capture with plug and play connection
  • Live View directly in Capture One Pro with remote focus control
  • Remote camera control with Mode, Capture Format, Aperture, Shutter, ISO, Exposure Compensation, Flash Mode and Metering functionality (where compatible)
  • Easy composition mode and more!

Capturing tethered with Capture One Pro 7 makes collaboration on productions easy, especially with Capture Pilot for iOS and web enabled devices. Capture Pilot allows additional people working on the set to view and rate images as the shoot takes place. Photographers can also use Capture Pilot as a remote capture device enabling control of the basic camera parameters.

In this tip, I will go through the main benefits of using Capture One Pro and tethered capture for your next shoots and give some advice on best practice for reliability.

Good Practice for Tethered Capture

A simple connection from the camera to your computer is all that is needed to get up and running for a tethered session, but to ensure reliability it is worthwhile investing in a good quality USB cable.

The maximum length of a USB cable is normally limited to 5 meters (approx 15 feet) to obtain good transfer speeds and reliability. However, you may find your own computer equipment may not be able to sustain a reliable connection even at that distance. Therefore, you should experiment to find the limits of your own system.

To solve this issue, add a powered USB hub or even an active extension cable. Good quality cables are available from many retailers including Tethertools.com. Tether Tools also have a good compatibility guide for USB cables. Check it out http://www.tethertools.com/usb-compatibilty/

If the connection to the camera is not very secure, think about ensuring that the cable is secured in some other way to the laptop and camera.The JerkStopper Camera Support is ideal for tethering ensuring the cable stays in and protects your camera from any stress or strain.

We can often capture a great deal of images when we work tethered so make sure you have plenty of space on your hard drive to cope with the high volumes of data. An SSD or a high RPM hard drive will help with speeding up the time from capture to the image being displayed on screen.

Setting up Capture One Pro

Before starting your tethered capture session, take a look at the Capture tab in the Capture One Pro Preferences and make sure your camera model is the only option selected.

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Capture One Pro uses the respective manufacturers SDK (Software Development Kit) to enable the tethered capture functionality. The different SDK’s can interfere with each other, therefore it is best to disable the options not in use.

Storage Options

Captures can be shot directly into a Catalog or a Session. It is up to you what method you want to choose but most of our users choose to use a Session to work tethered. To find out more about Catalogs and Sessions, read some of my earlier tips:

Beginning Capture

After connecting your camera and deciding on which method of file management to choose, it is then a simple matter of looking at the tools in the Capture tool tab.

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This tool tab contains all the necessary tools to control your camera, set file naming, control how image adjustments are handled and work with Capture Pilot. For more detail on setting up these parameters, watch our Tethered Shooting Tutorial below:

Only keep the images you need with Composition Mode

Capturing tethered can produce a lot of images that you don’t need! Sometimes it is wasteful writing every single one to disc, especially when you are setting up the shot. Therefore you can enable Composition Mode, which only keeps the last capture stored on disc. You can enable it in the Camera menu below.

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Warning signs are overlaid in the Viewer to make sure you are aware that Composition Mode is activated.

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Control your camera remotely and get Live View

One of the strengths of working with Capture One Pro and a tethered camera is Live View and remote focus control. It is a huge compositional aid to be able to have a high quality live image as you are used to on the camera’s LCD screen, shown in Capture One Pro. Live View can be started by clicking on this icon in the Camera Tool.

 

Use the controls in the Live View window to focus the camera accurately and aid your composition.  See this in action here
Compose your images accurately with the Overlay function

Another compositional aid is the overlay function. This is available directly in the Viewer and also in Live View. It allows you to super impose any image over the top of your current image. This could be a layout to fit to a magazine cover for example or to help in capturing a series of similar images.

I wrote a blog post about this in December: Composition Overlay with Capture One Pro 7

View the progress of your shoot wirelessly with Capture Pilot

Finally, Capture Pilot can really help you to collaboratively share the progress of a capture session. Capture Pilot is an iOS application for Apple Products that allows you to wirelessly view the shoot in progress. Users of Capture Pilot can view and rate images on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch.

Use Capture Pilot to keep clients away from your main capture station and as an extra preview for yourself and your subject. All you need is for your iOS device and Capture station to be on the same network. If you don’t have access to an apple device then any web enabled device can work with Capture Pilot, but with less functionality.

Watch the tutorial below for more information on Capture Pilot:

I hope this summary blog post has inspired you to try our feature-packed tethered capture solution.  For a list of compatible cameras for tethered capture, click here.

 

All the best,

Niels

 

 

 

The Image Quality Professor

Niels V. Knudsen

Niels V. Knudsen is Phase One’s Image Quality Professor. He is responsible for breakthrough advancements in image quality both in Phase One’s medium format camera systems and in its digital imaging software.

6 thoughts on “Shooting Tethered

  1. Allan Marshall

    Where is the recent webinar, on this. Have a link sent to me. Unable to find it through this link.
    Also the recent webinar on sessions, missed the first part. So would love to see it again to catch up..

    Reply
    1. Jeppe Skjerning

      Hi Allan,

      The webinars page is updated continously, and it usually takes some time after a webinar is done, until the video is converted, uploaded and then added to the website. We are working on improving the workflow.

      Reply
  2. Olivier

    Hi Niels,

    I’m considering to buy a new laptop (Retina or last non Retina model) and was wondering what are your feedback with Macbook Pro Retina?
    I remember a discussion with you Niels last year for launching CO 7 in Paris, you was prefering a non Retina Macbook Pro, arguying that the Retina display will need more power due to the increase of definition.

    Did you made some tests beetween Retina and non Retina macbook pro and how is the situation today?

    Thanks a lot in advance

    Olivier

    Reply
    1. The Image Quality Professor Post author

      Hi Olivier,

      Thanks for your question. There is not a simple answer though.

      The old non Retina Macs has some advantages over the new Retina Macs like:

      - Build in FireWire port. If you work tethered with a Phase One back
      you can even supply power for the back via the FireWire port. If you
      use external FireWire discs they will also be powered directly through
      the FireWire port.
      - Can be configured with discs and RAM of your choice
      - Can be configured with the non glossy screen
      - Screen resolution absolutely OK without the need to process 4 times more pixels. With the non Retina Macs the best
      speed optimizer is to get it with the fast Solid State Disc drive.

      The Retina Mac:
      - The Retina display is generally a better display than the non retina
      displays and they are not very sensitive to the viewing angle.
      - The Retina Macs typically come with a more powerful GPU especially the
      latest one. If you process lots of files from your laptop then the extra GPU power
      will give you a benefit as Capture One can process files using the GPU.

      The downside is the screen resolution, which for most photographic task
      only give you slower update rates as it needs to process 4 times more
      pixel for the monitor. With the latest GPU version on the Retina Macs
      this extra GPU speed will probably make up for the extra pixels needed.

      If you need FireWire you will need an adaptor and you can not supply
      power for the camera back via the adaptor.
      As you can not upgrade the Retina Macs you need to buy it with the
      right amount of RAM and the right disc size. If you work with large
      files from digital backs I will make sure to get 16G RAM.
      Today the Retina Macs comes only with the fast Solid State Discs drives,
      which makes many task in capture one run faster.

      All the best,
      Niels

      Reply
    1. David Grover

      There is not an index per se, but you can use the search option in the top right hand corner.

      Reply

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