I still remember the day when my client demanded to review photos on a laptop.
They wouldn’t want to look at my then Canon 5D Mark II LCD screen.
I was young, fresh, and working with an agency client for the first time.
When we finally wrap up the shoot, my client told me:
“I want to see the photos on a laptop next time.”
Today, all of my shoots are tethered. If you have been on Instagram, you would know that it is #betterwhenyoutether.
While being tied up with USB cables might be a turn-off, you might find that the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.
Firstly, the LCD is too small for photo review be it 3.0- inch or 3.5-inch. The clients and stylists are going to thank you for the 13-inch screen.
Secondly, you can do much more on a laptop. I am talking about:
(how about showing all the shortlisted images on the screen)
(your client might need a specific size)
Checking for details
(Is the shot in focus? Is there sufficient Depth of Field at this F-stop? Is the eye liner or lipstick smeared?)
(How do this 2 different styles look compared to each other?)
(Does this angle work with the supplied stock image background?)
Do you need more convincing? Check out this article, written by a fellow photographer.
Here’s some quick check list before you can shoot tethered:-
- A laptop/desktop (I use a 13 inch MacBook Pro)
- A long USB cable (I used the original USB cable from Canon/Nikon with a 16 feet active USB extension.)
- Software (I use Capture One Pro, but you can work with Adobe Lightroom, Canon’s EOS Utility, Nikon’s Camera Control Pro 2, or Hasselblad’s Phocus)
- A portable table, push cart, or whatever mobile flat surface you can find. (I use any table/surface with wheels)