August 8, 2013 2 Comments
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. Duct tape is a great addition to any kit.
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.
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.
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:
- Take control of your image organization with Sessions or Catalogs
- Get better organized when using Sessions in Capture One Pro 7
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.
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.
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.
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,