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I Tried Lightroom’s New Live View Tethering Feature, and…

It’s “OK.” The frame rate of what you see in that live view window is a lot slower than I was expecting (check out the video below as see if you agree), and while the folks who have been waiting forever for this feature will probably be fine with it, it’s not a big advantage for what I shoot, and I think the slow frame rate would get on my nerves, so I’ll be skipping it for now, but I would expect that it’ll get faster in a future update (that’s no inside intel — I just think they’ll get some feedback on this).

NOTE: There’s no audio — this is just to see the frame rate example.

Now that you’ve seen it — am I being too picky on the frame rate thing? Let me know in the comments below.

Update on Monday’s Post about the Sony Tethering Plug-in (and why Nikon Users Might Want To Use It)

Well, it appears the folks at Tethertools got wind of my post on Monday (since they contacted me), but luckily they only had one thing they wanted to address — my comment on why a Nikon user would want to use their Smart Shooter 4 plug-in, since Nikon’s have been able to tether straight into Lightroom for like 11 years.

Here’s the line from their Website that had me scratching my head:

“The end results are a fast, stable tethering connection with SONY users and added features for Nikon users – seamlessly integrated with Adobe Lightroom Classic.”

Well, they told me what it is that Nikon users would love, and I have to admit, I think they’re right (just based on how many Nikon users have complained about this Lightroom tethering feature that Canon shooters get they Nikon users don’t.

The mystery is solved!

What Nikon users get with this plug-in is the ability to simultaneously write to their camera’s memory card, and the computer they’re tethering with. Something they’ve never been able to do in Lightroom (but Canon shooters have been able to do from the start). So, that’s the advantage (and why they point it out on their site). You can download a free trial version from their Website.

Thanks to Jessica at Tethertools for reaching out and letting me in on the secret (it’s not really a secret, but that sounds a look more interesting to call it that). 😉

Here’s wishing you a safe, happy, fun weekend. 🙂


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  1. Guy 12 December, 2020 at 18:25 Reply

    When I tether my nikon D810 in lightroom classic I don’t see “Live” on the banner that pops up. Am I doing something wrong?

  2. Orcatek 23 October, 2020 at 15:41 Reply

    It was really difficult to read this article on my phone. Because an ad popped up covering it forcing me to click yes I want to register for a seminar to make it go away. After I got rid of the pop-up ad there was a secondary ad for the same thing but luckily this one could be dismissed with the simple little X. While I appreciate advertising supports you, that type of ad is very counterproductive and makes me not want to register for that seminar. Something you consider in the future.

  3. Kim Brun 23 October, 2020 at 10:08 Reply

    Tethertool’s Smart Shooter 4 is the most stable combination I have used with my Sony cameras. For years I have been using Capture One Pro for Sony for Live View and to trigger the camera. I have a “Hot Folder” workaround that gets the image into Lightroom. Capture One Pro for Sony has been very stable but I continued to have issues with the “Hot Folder” /Lightroom connection. I gave up on Image Edge, Sony’s product, as it was so unstable. Maybe you could expect 5-6 shots before it would disconnect.

    When I got wind of Smart Shooter 4, I like the direct connection to Lightroom. No “Hot Folder” work around. The Live View is very responsive and the stability is as good maybe better than Capture One Pro for Sony. The UI in Smart Shooter is much more intuitive than Capture One Pro for Sony. Working quickly during a shoot this, UI is much easier for me.

    Just one opinion.

  4. Kevin Scott 23 October, 2020 at 07:10 Reply

    Good morning Scott,

    I agree, then frame rate is annoying. I noticed that right away when I saw you debut it this week. And yes, I also think it will get better over time, but for my style of tethered shooting, I do not see any advantage that outweighs the annoyance of that lag.

    Otherwise, I am totally jazzed by these new updates. Have a great weekend!

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