In this video, we are going to take a look behind the scenes at how easy it is to tether your camera when you are shooting. There are a ton of benefits to doing this. The fact that you can see your scene larger is a really big plus, it is easy to compose your scene in real-time and get a good idea of what your final photo will end up looking like. It is perfect for doing self-portraits when you want to have yourself in the photo and you can’t be behind your camera at the same time. It makes the whole process so easy by allowing you to control your camera from your phone, iPad, or computer. I like working on an iPad personally because it is larger than my phone and makes getting the focus just right much easier when I’m using a manual lens and need a bigger screen to look at.

I am using the CamFi wireless tethering system – but there are a few brands out there you can research and see what works best for you. Hope you enjoy this behind the scenes look at how the CamFi works.

(BTW… I don’t usually have the iPad on the tripod – I’m usually holding it – just on the tripod so I could show it to you while filming)

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29 Comments

  1. Louise Reeves

    Denise thank you for the inspiration! I am familiar with tethering but never had a desire until now to try it! You said the magic words which are difficult with focusing and tethering is the answer!

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    • Denise Love

      Good luck! The focusing is a big deal for me. My eyes are playing tricks on me! 🙂

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  2. Lynne Daley

    Very helpful video, Denise! Thanks! I have the newer CamFi so will give this a go with my iPad. Would you share where you got your bracket that secured the iPad on a tripod?
    Thank you,
    Lynne Daley

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    • Denise Love

      Good luck!

      It is an iPad holder – but I’ve had it for several years – so don’t recall where I got it. Search iPad holder on amazon and most of them would have the capability to mount on tripod. Has a screw hole on bottom that mounts to the tripod mount.

      I would add – I don’t usually use it on a tripod when shooting – I hold the iPad. I had it on the mount just for showing it while I was filming. I used the mount early on for filming videos before I upgraded my video camera.

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      • eye4dogs@mac.com

        Sweet! I need one of those for home! Out on the road I use the laptop but it’s a pain. Amazon, here I come. Thanks, Denise

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        • Denise Love

          So glad it was helpful! Thank you 🙂

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  3. Mary Anne Harris

    Hey there Denise. Thanks for this video – question. I have a Sony a7111. What about the “app” that comes with the camera (Imaging Edge Mobile) Isn’t that the same or do you get better communication between the camera and iPad with Camfi? So far I haven’t been real successful with using the app (or patient?) but not only are the eyes needing a little boost – so are the back and knees from all that bending! Might be something to look into.

    BTW – the flooring looks great 😉

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    • Denise Love

      My camera is older – I did not have an app with my camera – so this is what I use. If your camera talks to its own app – then great. You’d have to try each to see what works better for you.

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  4. Denise

    Thank you so much for this demonstration. Tethering is exactly what I need for these extension arm shots.

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    • Denise Love

      So glad you loved it! Thank you 🙂

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  5. Deborah Tucker

    Great video! Thank you! Where did you get the camera tripod and boom arm?

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    • Denise Love

      Thank you! I believe I got that off amazon. There isn’t a camera store here anymore. 🙂

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      • Deborah Tucker

        Thanks so much!

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  6. Julie Boyle

    Brilliant! Thank you Denise – I will be investigating the CamFi. I have just ordered my Lensbaby Velvet 56 and can’t wait for it to be delivered. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Denise Love

      You’ll love it!! So exciting 🙂

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  7. Dinorah Capota

    Hi Denise, thanks for this motivating video. I always wanted to tether but I was apprehensive to try but you have fueled my curiosity to try tethering. Your video made it easier to understand the process and it show how simple the set up is. I have one question, when you tether where do you save your images?

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    • Denise Love

      So glad it helped! The photos save on the camera just like they would if you were shooting normally.

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  8. Andrea Dixon

    Thanks Denise- loved watching this. I shoot almost everything with my phone, but now I’m wondering if there’s a way to tether my phone to my iPad in the same way. Checking the focus on my tiny phone screen kills my eyes. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    • Denise Love

      I wonder if you can tether the phone to the iPad too! Interesting. Good luck!

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  9. Laura Simpson

    Denise,
    Thanks so much for this video! It was a revelation! It got me hunting and I discovered that Olympus has a free app that allows you to completely control the camera from your iPad. Watching your setup was key. Now I’m shooting the sharpest images I think I’ve ever shot. Can’t the thank you enough.

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    • Denise Love

      So very glad! I’m having focus problems as I get older and can’t see my focus as well as I used to – so it led me to experiment more lately with this fun gadget that I’ve actually had for a few years. I’m loving using it now and agree on the sharp images.

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  10. Jo

    Many thanks Denise – I was thinking of buying a new camera because I cannot tether with mine but you have just saved me some money!! I also tried to work out the aperture you were using as I, too, have a velvet 56 and sometimes have a problem focussing.

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    • Denise Love

      So glad this was helpful! I’m usually shooting at f4 for most things these days I shoot with the velvet 56.

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  11. Denise McIntyre

    Denise! Thank you so much for the inspiration to invest in a tethering system, and for the suggestion on which one to purchase. I love the device and how it makes shooting these flat-lay photos so much easier and successful. The device has also come in very handy for self/group portraits.

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    • Denise Love

      Oh good!! So glad it was helpful! I have been using it more and more lately. I’ve had that gadget for a few years and found just lately how handy it is with focusing since I’m getting older 🙂

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  12. Susan Leuci

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! Can’t wait to try this technique for focusing, especially manual focus which tends to “pluck my nerves” lol. Wonderful.

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    • Denise Love

      So glad it was helpful! 🙂

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  13. Mary Anne Harris

    Update on an older post – My Sony app (with new upgrades) works GREAT! Imaging Edge Moble for those of you who have Sony. I have become a real fan of tethering. Thanks for info and the nudge to try it what a difference it makes in setting up and rearranging layouts in my little studio.

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    • Denise Love

      So glad it is working!! Tethering makes it easier to be more deliberate with your setups! 🙂

      Reply

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