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Step 7

When your test shot is done, look in the Library module. Click Previous Import under the Library panel so you see the latest photos. The test photo appears there, but the thumbnail is probably very small—which defeats the purpose of shooting tethered, because that thumbnail size isn’t much larger than what you’d see on your camera’s screen.

You need to set up Lightroom to display your imported photos as large as possible. Otherwise, after each shot, you’d have to go to the library and zoom in on each photo, which would get annoying pretty quickly.

In the Library module, click Fit next to the Navigator panel at the upper left of the screen (see Figure 8). Then press F F L L. Pressing F twice takes Lightroom into full-screen mode. Pressing L twice goes into Lights Out mode and hides all of the panels around your photo. Now, when you take a shot, the photo is large onscreen (see Figure 9). You can even click the photo to zoom in and see the detail, if you need a better view.

In a nutshell, that’s tethered shooting with Lightroom. But keep in mind a couple of things:

  • Shooting tethered won’t work in every environment. This practice typically works best in a studio, or on location if you’re not doing a lot of moving around.
  • If anything goes wrong, double-check your tethered software in step 5 to make sure that the folder setting is exactly the one you used in Lightroom in step 2.

Other than that, have fun!

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