How to tether a camera to the computer

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How to tether a camera to the computer
Tethering your digital camera (film-camera on camera-bag image by Andrii Oleksiienko from

Tethering a camera to a computer is more than simply connecting a camera via a USB cable. Once a camera is tethered to a computer, the photo functions are controlled from the computer and not the camera. In the digital photography world, tethering can be very convenient, especially if you want to work on the photos in a computer program immediately after taking the photo. This may sound like a very high-tech procedure, but the process of tethering is fairly straightforward as long as you have the appropriate software program.

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Things you need

  • Tethering program
  • USB cable

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  1. 1

    Purchase photo tethering software (see resources) and install the software on your personal computer. Unless your camera came with tethering software you won't be able to tether your camera to the computer without third-party software.

  2. 2

    Use the included cable to connect your camera to the USB port in your computer. Turn on the camera and the computer.

  3. 3

    Create a new folder on your computer's desktop where you will store all of your camera's photos.

  4. 4

    Open the tether program by clicking on its icon on your computer's desktop.

  5. 5

    Select the capture parameters from the main menu screen of the tether program and select the folder you just created when prompted. The photos will then automatically be stored in this folder. A capture window will appear on screen and you will now be able to take photos.

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