This is a subject that I have blogged about before. Camera Tethering. It allows you to have a Live Preview of your shot (depending on camera and software support) and gives you instant feedback of your shot. Professionals use tethering for certain types of shooting. If the pros use it then by golly us hobbyist should use it too.
What is it useful for? I personally use it to photograph collectibles or for taking pictures of items that I place for sale on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or Letgo. How many times have you seen AWFUL photos in local classified ads? It’s like a disease.
With the advent of great cameras on cell phones we have forgotten about our stand alone cameras and what a tremendous job they can do with professional results. It doesn’t take much to get started:
- A camera that supports tethering
- A cable to run from camera to computer
- Software for tethering