Tethering

26th march 2020

Tethered shooting is a photography technique that has been practiced by many professional photographers for years. In short, tethering allows you to connect your camera to a computer or tablet and almost instantly view your digital images on the device within seconds after it is captured.

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As with any technology these days everything is very quickly outdated needing software updating, hardware upgrading or actually needing to buy new equipment/ software. I have found by watching a few slightly out dated YouTube videos and reading articles about tethering a camera to a laptop, computer or phone etc… with a particular method, can quickly become obsolete.

I have managed to tether my Lumix GH5 to my iPad and iPhone but I am having problems doing the same with my iMac because the software for my particular iMac is not compatible with some camera apps, which I know is true as I have downloaded and tried to use the apps but to no avail. Therefore I will have to really research hard here to see what I can come up with, if anything.

I have tethered my iPad Pro and iPhone 7 using the Panasonic Image App. This app so far works although I have read in Panasonic chat rooms that there are a number of bugs in the software which makes the software run slow and ‘apparently’ it may be in need of some serious updating. While I have used it has been fine, there was some lagging when I moved the camera but everything focused well when the camera was held still. I have also been told by a fellow photographer that when he tried to use it a couple of years ago it would often cut out on him and was unstable.

Have they updated it within the two years? I couldn’t find any written reviews to say that it had been updated so I will have to put it to the test in different situations, for example in the garden further away from the Wifi source.

Below image taken from Premium Beat by Shutterstock website premiumbeat.com

While researching further and scrolling through my camera’s menu I came across USB Mode which has four other menu items within it. One of which is PC (Tether).

The Lumix Tether App

I have been reading reviews of this app and photography support forums where there seems to be quite a lot of people with Lumix cameras that are having problems with the tethering software. Some have noted it is connected with cables, not having the latest firmware updates and having problems with their iMacs staying tethered. So I feel it will be a question of me actually downloading the app and having a go for myself and to see how I go with it.

How to set up a tethered shoot with the Panasonic GH5

Premium Beat by Shutterstock premiumbeat.com has a blog post about tethering the Panasonic GH5 with a PC. The blog also contains a YouTube video ‘How to Tether Shoot the Lumix GH5’ from Panasonic and by James Schmelzer. my notes from the blog and the video can be seen below.

This link will take you to Panasonic website where you can view the operation guide for the camera control software – LUMIX TETHER. eww.pavc.panasonic.co.jp

Using the mobile phones internet connection

I know the easiest way for me to do this would to use my iPhone:

You can use Personal Hotspot to share a cellular Internet connection from your iPhone to other devices. Personal Hotspot is useful when the other devices don’t have Internet access from a Wi-Fi network. Instant Hotspot allows you to connect your devices to Personal Hotspot without entering a password.

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  • This is how I set up my personal hotspot: Go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot, then turn on Allow Others to Join.
  • This is how I connect my iPad to my iPhone personal hotspot: Settings > Wi-Fi, then choose my iPhone from the list of available networks.

If your iPhone and the other device are set up as follows, then Instant Hotspot connects the devices without requiring a password:

You’re signed in with the same Apple ID on each device – Each device has Bluetooth turned on – Each device has Wi-Fi turned on.

When a device is connected, a blue band appears at the top of your iPhone screen. The Personal Hotspot icon appears in the status bar of the connected device.

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This is how to connect a Mac or PC to your personal hotspot: from the website Apple support.apple.com

Do one of the following:

  • Connect your Mac with Wi-Fi and Instant Hotspot: On your Mac, use the Wi-Fi status menu  in the menu bar to choose your iPhone from the list of available networks.You must be signed in with the same Apple ID on your Mac and iPhone, have Bluetooth turned on, and have Wi-Fi turned on. The Wi-Fi status icon  in the menu bar changes to the Personal Hotspot icon  as long as your Mac remains connected to your Personal Hotspot.
  • Connect a Mac or PC with Bluetooth: To make sure your iPhone is discoverable, go to Settings  > Bluetooth and leave the screen showing. Then on your Mac or PC, follow the manufacturer directions to set up a Bluetooth network connection.
  • Connect a Mac or PC with USB: Connect iPhone and your computer using USB. If you see an alert that says Trust this Computer? tap Trust. In your computer’s Network preferences, choose iPhone, then configure the network settings.

Once I move and set up my studios I will purchase another large computer that will tether to my camera for my studio work.


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