Tethered Shooting Script — a HOWTO Video

Since I first posted my free script that allows Nikon DSLRs to be shot tethered I’ve been very pleased with the response, it seems to have been helpful to many people.  However I’ve hardly been very good at documenting how to use it.  So in an attempt to fix that I’ve made this little video which shows how to use it.

Or view high quality YouTube version

This is my first video attempt so it is pretty basic — but it took me all afternoon to put together, so please excuse the rough edges.  Hopefully I’ll work out how to do this better and perhaps make some videos explaining my hardware DIY projects which would also benefit from this type of explanation.

If you’re not sure about tethered shooting then ProPhotoLife has just released a great video

, as usual, explaining all about it – using Canon as an example.  I particularly like his safety tips regarding long USB cables.

13 Replies to “Tethered Shooting Script — a HOWTO Video”

  1. Great little program you’ve made, one thing that stops me from using it instead of the Nikon Camera Control, is that NCC has the ability to timelapse with my D70.

    But great script, if only there was an API to control the camera 🙂

  2. Thanks Michael! Writing an intervalometer script for time lapse is my next project… I’m looking forward to doing strange/interesting things with intervals that the built-in camera intervalometer or CCPro can’t do – e.g. random intervals or unusual periods such as 2 then 4 then 8 etc seconds.

  3. Raymond…. I’m using a D300 with Nikon ViewNX and it’s working in both jpg and raw. The only issue I have is if I change the camera settings from what is displayed in the “controls” window I get an error message. So I need to reselect the camera for each shot. Sort of tedious and slow for studio work.
    Any thoughts on this?
    fyi…. Using this on an old Pentium III Dell L400
    with Win XP SP3.

  4. Carl, that’s odd given that this combination (XP and D300) is what I’m using and it works for me. What version of the script have you got?

    To clarify — I think you are telling me that after starting the tether from the PC side if you change the settings on the camera and take a new picture using the camera shutter button you get an error. Is that right? Letting me know the line number of the error would also be a hint.

  5. Hi,

    I was trying to access this site to watch the video tutorial, I was prompt that this site is infected with Heur: Trojan.Script.Iframer.

    Does anyone have any encounter?


  6. Found v. 4.1. It was very easy to setup. The video is great tool. I don’t know why Nikon wants me to fork over another 160.00 for their software. This will do just fine. Thanks!

  7. I’m very glad I’ve finally found what I’ve been looking for . Thanks a lot for sharing this with us. But I have a question: does it cover NIKON D90 with NIKON ViewNX? I’d appreciate your answer.

  8. Hi, I tried to download for Nikon D5000 and my computer Window 7. However, when I click on download, the file does not pop up asking me to save in to a folder. Can you please suggest what I should do?

  9. Hello. Your program is a real gem! Very impressive. I just played with the tethered transfer feature and it worked smoothly with a D7000 and Nikon’s ViewNX2. Also toyed with setting camera controls and these seemed to work just fine as well.

    I’m a dirt-poor Nikon shooter and have been trying out various free and open-source software solutions for photo management and editing. For those on a tight budget you can put together a completely free front-to-back photoprocessing kit using:

    (1) this script for tethering, real-time transfer and camera control
    (2) Nikon’s free ViewNX2 for photo viewing, rating and filtering selections, and basic raw editing and file conversions
    (3) Rawtherapee (which reads NEF so no need to convert to tiff first) to fill the lack of a noise-reduction feature in ViewNX2 (I shoot a lot of handheld indoors without flash, so 2000 iso not unusual)
    (4) GIMP for retouch work on tiffs or jpegs

    Lightroom and Photoshop can eat their hearts out!

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