Capture photos as you work

For certain kinds of shoots, such as product shoots done within your office studio, you may want to immediately see test shots on your computer to check on lighting and other production factors. You can connect your camera directly to your computer and have each shot immediately appear in an Aperture project as you shoot. You can review a photo in detail, make production changes, and then shoot and immediately see the results again. This process is called tethered shooting, and it’s ideal for checking the details of a shot while setting up the final shot.

Figure. Illustration of a digital camera tethered to a computer.

Note: For a list of cameras that Aperture supports for tethered shooting, go to See your camera’s manual for information about setting up your camera for tethered shooting.

After starting a session, you can use Aperture to view and capture photos. You use the Aperture Tether HUD to control your camera and take photos as you work.

Set up Aperture for tethered shooting

  1. Connect your camera to your computer using a USB or FireWire cable.

  2. In the Library Inspector, select the project you want the photos captured to.

  3. Choose File > Tether > Start Session.

  4. Specify import settings in the Tether Settings dialog.

    For information, see Import from a camera, card reader, or device.

  5. Click Start Session.

    The Tether HUD appears.

  6. Do one of the following:

    • To begin the capture session: Click Capture.

    • To stop the capture session: Click Stop Session.