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Dec 02, 2008 09:36 |  #1

Has any one hook there camera up to a computer and shoot pictures and view them on the computer, kind of like Wal mart dose there pictures, I have been thinking about playing around with it but not for sure if I would need special software for it to work or not. Any suggestion any one.




  
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Dec 02, 2008 09:39 |  #2

Yes, the software that comes with all canon DSLR's will enable you to shoot tethered.


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Dec 02, 2008 10:20 |  #3

It's a bit restrictive though, unless you intend to carry a laptop around with you, or have a very, very long tether lead! ;)


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Dec 02, 2008 10:25 |  #4

Yes I have a lap top but my usb cord is not very long, do they make longer ones that I would be able to buy that will work with my Canon Rebel XT. Thanks for the comments, I'm very new at all of this and trying to learn how to do more things with my camera.




  
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You can buy extention USB cord for a couple of $.


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Dec 02, 2008 12:38 as a reply to  @ Hermeto's post |  #6

Buy a longer usb cable (better than an extension) they are not that expensive and readily available. I do this for portrait shoots because you can magnify the screen and focus very easily. Plus you can make all your exposure adjustments on the computer and not shake or move the camera if its in an awkward position to see the screens on the cameras.




  
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Dec 02, 2008 13:22 as a reply to  @ Dennis_Hammer's post |  #7

Here's a long USB cable with the necessary mini plug on Amazon. (external link)

Here's a similar long USB cable from Delkin. (external link)

There are other stores and vendors that sell these longer cables.

Use the cables after having the Canon camera drivers installed on your computer and the necessary software (Zoombrowser) and tethered shooting should be simple.




  
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Dec 02, 2008 13:28 |  #8

DC Fan wrote in post #6798767 (external link)
Here's a long USB cable with the necessary mini plug on Amazon. (external link)

Here's a similar long USB cable from Delkin. (external link)

There are other stores and vendors that sell these longer cables.

Use the cables after having the Canon camera drivers installed on your computer and the necessary software (Zoombrowser) and tethered shooting should be simple.

Thank you for the links, When you say camera drivers installed are you talking about the software that comes with the camera or is there something else I need to installed on my computer, I plug my camera up on my desk top but it want do the whole screen is there something else I can do to make it work better. I'm sorry for being so dumb on all of this but would love to learn all of it.
I figure it would be a good way to go that way I can tell if my pictures are worth keeping right there on the spot than having to have some one come back, I don't charge for any of my pictures I just do this for fun and learning.




  
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Dec 02, 2008 13:32 as a reply to  @ dcavldy2's post |  #9

http://pixsylated.com …-tethered-into-lightroom/ (external link)


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Dec 02, 2008 13:37 |  #10

I can only shoot tethered now, I'm completely spoiled by it. :) I use a usb cable and usb extension cable which gives me about 12ft of freedom. Plenty for me in my small studio.


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Dec 02, 2008 14:09 |  #11

Tehered shooting is fantastic for studio setup. Not only can you see better what you are getting but I set it up so my clients can see too and they feed off of this doing far better than if they were not able to see. I had a groups of girls one time to shoot, but one at a time. My 26 inch monitor was setup so all could see it. All the girls who were waiting their turn were giving support to the one in front of the camera and they were all feeding off the images coming up on the monitor, making suggestions for poses, actions, etc. and really giving positive feedback on the ones that stood out to them. If you don't shoot tethered yet.... you should.


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Dec 02, 2008 15:13 |  #12

dcavldy2 wrote in post #6798809 (external link)
When you say camera drivers installed are you talking about the software that comes with the camera or is there something else I need to installed on my computer

Driver software usually comes with the camera. It's needed to make the camera-to-computer link work.

With the right drivers, cable and software, you'll be able to view each image from the camera on the computer monitor as soon as the shutter is triggered. The full-screen instant feedback is worth the effort.




  
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