Lightroom Tethering Tip


Good Monday everybody. Here’s a great little tip (and one that I did not already know), that I just picked up from my buddy Terry White from Adobe, and it about having the tethering HUD (see in the lower third of the image above) automatically hide while you’re tethering.


Just press the letter “f” on your keyboard and not only do your tethered images now appear full screen (with all the panels hidden), but your tethering HUD is hidden automatically as well. Press “f” again and it all comes back.

I know, it’s a simple thing, but those are my favorites.

One more thing!
Just in case you missed it — in the latest update to Lightroom they fixed the Nikon tethering problems (ya know, the one where it wouldn’t tether if you use Mac OS X El Capitan), so make sure you download the update.

Hope you have a great Monday!



P.S. This week, on Wednesday our in-studio guests on “The Grid” are top Sports Photographers Peter Read Miller and Damian Strohmeyer who both shot the Super Bowl yesterday using the just announced Canon EOS 1D X Mark II and will be sharing their experiences.

P.S.S. Also, Wednesday afternoon at 2:pm ET we have a special “Gear Head Live Q&A” with two of Canon’s top still and video techs (Rudy and Brent) on hand to answer tech questions (i.e. nerdy stuff I can’t answer) on the 1D X Mark II. This live broadcast is for KelbyOne members only – so keep your eye on your inbox for your personal invite.

Author: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. You can learn more about Scott at

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  1. Of course, pressing the f key in any module has the same effect – the image blows up to full screen with no sidebars (or top or bottom bars) visible.
    Try pressing shift-f as well, and cycle through all the different options!

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  2. It would be a wonderful thing if tethering in Lightroom was “real time” so f/2.8 looked brighter than f/16 (for instance) or at least looked like the picture was going to turn out. Right now tethering is frustrating at best for me.

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  3. If only tethering would work for a Nikon d810 your suggestion would be of use. Just shot over 4000 slides, never got more that 40 to 50 without a lockup.

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