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What a time to be a shutterbug. Once reserved for photographers working in high-end commercial settings, camera tethering has gone mainstream, enabling the shooting & editing process to reach a level of productivity only modern-day innovation could make possible.

Moment brings the most straightforward and most advanced options for tethering to creators of all levels, in the most compact form, all at affordable price points.

Let’s review what tethering is and how to do it, then take a look at what we’ve got in the vault and help you find the perfect companion for your remote shooting needs.

What is Tethering?

Without getting too lost in the technical, tethering is simply the action of linking your camera to another electronic device, such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone, so that the pictures you take on your camera are seamlessly transferred and fully displayed on said device. It works using a USB cable, a USB C cable, or you could do it wirelessly via a tethering system and app.

Since tethering allows you to view the images transferred from your camera to your foreign device nearly instantaneously, it brings a ton of benefits to photographers and anyone else involved in your photoshoots.

Here are some examples:

Tethered shooting enables photographers to make real-time adjustments to what and how they’re taking pictures. Do you need to adjust your lens, lighting, or angle? Viewing captured images on a larger screen will tell you everything you need to know before getting in too deep.

Depending on the software you’re using, tethered shooting enables photographers to make quick edits that were formerly only possible during post-production. Not only simplifying the entire creation process but also hastening it.

For these reasons and more, tethering allows for a tighter level of collaboration between photographers and clients. Now, all parties can inspect and provide feedback on the images taken together during production. This also allows realistic goals and expectations to be set long before you hit your home studio. It’s a win-win.

Now, there are a few drawbacks, but those are mostly psychological as opposed to logistical. For example, instead of speeding up the process, you could unintentionally slow yourselves up by getting too bogged down in the minutia of looking over and commenting on every single picture taken. That’s definitely a problem but can be easily solved. One real issue is your device’s battery life. Tethering inevitably drains more battery from all your devices in play. But again, totally solvable with the right gear in your bag -- check out how we solve battery-related problems for creatives by helping you keep your products fully powered & charged at all times.

So we defined what camera tethering is and went over a few pros and cons. But how do you do it?

The Secret: Tether Cable & Software Unite

As mentioned, there are a couple of different ways of going about tethering. There's the tried and tested way to tether your camera -- connecting the proper cables and setting up the corresponding software. Then there are wireless options, that are normally thought of as being less reliable and less robust -- but we say it depends on your gear.

The first way, all you need to do is connect your cables -- literally connect one cable end to your camera and the other cable end to your laptop or device of choice (that supports USB). Then download your software (such as Adobe Lightroom), choose its “tethered capture” option, and work from there.

For photographers who want a little more freedom, mobility, and seamlessness, there is the wireless option -- which Moment brings to you by means of Tether Tools.

Doing it this way is just as simple. Your Tether Tool connects to your camera’s USB port. When you clamp that on, download the proper software, and the connecting is done via Wi-Fi. Easy.

Now we’ve covered different options for camera tethering. Here are Moment’s gadgets of choice for tethered shooting.

Tether Tools

We have a couple of fantastic, highly reliable wireless options for tethering by Tether Tools. The first is the Case Air Wireless Tethering System, which attaches to your camera’s USB connection and enables you to control your camera’s aperture, shutter speed, and ISO from any portable IOS device. With a wireless range of 150 feet and a battery life of up to eight hours, this tethering system gives photographers the freedom to capture and transfer shots anywhere your camera takes you, for as long as you need it. No long USB cables required.

For photographers who won’t settle for anything but the absolute best, Tether Tools has created the Air Direct. Capable of transferring RAW and JPG images to your software at the same time, as seamlessly as if you had USB cables attached to your equipment. The Air Direct is compatible with the latest and most powerful tethering software like Adobe Lightroom, Capture One, DarkRoom, and more. This beast by Tether Tools offers 5x faster speed and a range of 200 feet -- that’s over half a football field!

Both of these options offer incredible features, functions, and impressive ranges able to put USB cables or USB C cables to shame.

If you’re having trouble deciding between the two workhorse tethering systems or want to know about other options, we suggest reaching out to a Gear Guide for expert assistance. If you want fast answers to some of the web’s common questions about tethering. Check out our FAQ.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What cable is used for tethering?

Cables used for tethering include USB cables and USB C cables of varying lengths. If you want to stick to having strings attached, we recommend getting extra-long cables. If you want to ditch the cables altogether and still tether reliably, we recommend hooking yourself up with one of Tether Tools systems, such as the Case Air Wireless or Air Direct.

Can you tether with HDMI?

Technically, yes. Some DSLR cameras have an HDMI port, which you can attach a cable to and tether to an HDTV. In our opinion, tethering wirelessly is the best option for photographers who want power & portability at the same time.

What is a tether?

In this case, tether means connecting devices, specifically your camera and a device with a larger screen, so that you can instantaneously transfer pictures you’re taking mid-shoot to the larger screen and scrutinize your shots before you wrap up. You can tether with cables or wirelessly. The former is known for being more robust. But with the right system, the latter is just as powerful yet offers ultimate freedom and flexibility.

How do I tether my Sony a7R III?

You have multiple options to tether your Sony a7R III. You can tether using USB for connection, or you can tether using USB-C -- wired or wirelessly. USB-C is the preferred method as, among other benefits, it maximizes speed. From here, download your tethering software like Adobe Lightroom or Sony’s own Imaging Edge app on your desktop so that you can take full advantage of the capabilities of tethered shooting. It's the same steps as discussed above.

Wrap Up

Whether you’re a fan of tethering cables or you’re on board with wireless tethering, photographers can agree that this now ubiquitous technique brings a lot of positives to the photography game. Your entire shooting & editing process can integrate like never before while you simultaneously build better workflows and relationships with clients. At Moment, we strive to make photo and film creator's lives better and easier through our community and believe the right gear does just that, so we try our best to bring you the best gadgets in the industry to help you meet your goals.

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