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Need to start Tethered Shooting - Advice Please

Dabber Avatar
Dabber 21 271 England
18 Sep 2022 11:13AM
I have spent a lot of time and effort attempting to digitise my vast amount of negatives/transparencies into digital formats.
Originally started years ago with an Epson flatbed scanner with various film holders, but my journey is of now, my Canon 70D DSLR mounted on a modified enlarger base/column. The film is held on an Essential Film Holder which sits on my home made box which holds the LED Video light, this is covered by a 3mm thick cover with location holes for the Essential Film Holder.
So far so good, but I’m keen to get my camera ‘tethered’ to the PC. As I’m not particularly PC savvy I would appreciate a bit help from anyone who is familiar with this sort of shooting.
I know I need a Tethering Cable, where’s the best place for these? What’s a decent software to connect the two? The simpler the better, I understand Lightroom has the capabilities, although I have never really got on with Lightroom, but I am fairly competent with Photoshop CC 2022. Alternatively, is there a Canon version?
Any help or advice would be much appreciated.
Niknut Avatar
Niknut Plus
13 3.7k 82 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2022 11:43AM
I have tethered my camera to the computer with a simple USB cable......which lets me download/transfer
the in-camera images to a picture-file.....a very simple setup which works well !!.Grin
Dabber Avatar
Dabber 21 271 England
18 Sep 2022 12:23PM
Does that allow you to monitor the image as you shoot? And alter the camera settings? Or does this just enable you to download your images direct instead of taking out the SD card from your camera?
Niknut Avatar
Niknut Plus
13 3.7k 82 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2022 1:28PM
I’ve never tried monitoring a “live-image” from the camera, but I see no
reason why it shouldn’t work ok ?………As you say it’s mainly to transfer
images from the in-camera SD card……but worth a try to view a live image
on the computer screen…’ll have to experiment with the on-screen info. 1.Grin
mclancy Avatar
mclancy 19 18 Scotland
18 Sep 2022 5:37PM
I think Canon provide DPP and a EOS utility software for free and you can use the USB cable that comes with the camera. However this is all theoretical and I have no experience of using these to do this.
redsnappa Avatar
redsnappa 21 2.8k United Kingdom
18 Sep 2022 6:16PM
I've not long built a similar film scanning rig and like you wen down the route of tethering my camera to my PC.

The EOS utility Will give you all the basic features for tethering so you can "live view" on your computer screen, you can also trigger AF and also adjust shutter and aperture settings from your computer., The software I use for tethering is the open source Digikam Control simply because it has a screen layout that I prefer over Eos Utility.

The cable I went for to tether my EOS 70D to my PC was this type one from Amazon:
Mini USB Cable I bought 3 different lengths to cover tethering in other situations.

For my film copying rig I went for flash as the main light source as I found that LED's would change colour temperature when the brightness was adjusted.
Niknut Avatar
Niknut Plus
13 3.7k 82 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2022 7:26PM
I'll experiment with a USB cable tomorrow, & see if I can get a result with
tethering my Canon to the computer....

Redsnappa's suggestion of using Digikam Control looks interesting ?.Grin
Niknut Avatar
Niknut Plus
13 3.7k 82 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2022 4:31PM
Right !!! it operational eventually !!!.....

1)...Download & install "EOS Utilities" from Canon.
2)...Open the camera menu & disable Wifi /NFC function in settings 1.
3)...Connect a USB cable between the camera & computer.
4)...Switch the camera on, & press the live-view button to activate the rear screen.
5)...On the computer open the EOS Utilities programme, & select 'Live View Shoot'
6)...You should now have a camera image on the computer screen with various settings to play with !!

Give it a whirl & see how you get on !!!!!.GrinGrin


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