A big part of a tethered shoot is making sure all your equipment is secure while taking photographs. The potential for a full-scale photo disaster is very real because everything is usually connected together with data and power cables. The camera and tripod are connected to the laptop with an USB/FireWire cable, which is connected to the wall with a power cord.
Invariably, someone is going to trip on a cord during a tethered shoot. At best, your cables pull out of the camera, which causes loss of data or a bent cable connector. At worst, someone trips over a cord, which pulls over the tripod, which causes your camera and laptop to hit the concrete.
There are lots of ways jury-rig your gear during a tethered shoot, but a company named Tether Tools (http://www.tethertools.com/) specializes in this type of equipment. Their products are specifically designed to securely mount laptops, monitors, hard drives and iPads to mobile stands so all your equipment is secure and within arm’s reach.
Tether Tools products work very well and are robust and strong. Their platforms are made out of T6 aerospace aluminum and will stand up to rigorous use day-in and day-out. Their signature product is the Tether Table, which allows you to securely place our laptop on a light stand or tripod. Additionally, they produce products like the JerkStopper which prevent wires from being dislodged from your computer or camera when people inadvertently pull on the cables.
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Tether Tools has just recently started to produce platforms and accessories for your iPad. Within the next few months, they’ll start selling platforms and straps designed to hold iPads in the studio environment. I really like the Tether Tools products and can’t wait to get my hands on the new iPad solutions.
In all, I’m extremely impressed with Phase One’s iOS application Capture Pilot. It is an elegantly designed program designed to do a simple task – allow clients to view and rate photos away from the tethered computer.
I found the interface on the iPad to be simple to use and quick to understand. More importantly, the interface doesn’t get in the way of the viewing experience. In fact, viewing and reviewing photos is so simple, that it allows for the opportunity to have an amazing collaboration between photographer and client. It enhances the creative process in ways that you won’t be able to predict.
Capture Pilot is a great tool and I’ll be using it regularly in my photography business. I congratulate Phase One on creating such a useful and fun-to-use tool.