02 The Best Shooting Tethered Small Budget Setups | FREE From PRO EDU

– [Instructor] In the next
sections, we're gonna be covering a lot of the different gear
and grip that you can use to make your tethering
workflow the most efficient and most custom to your personal solution. Now, there are a ton of
options on the market to how to best tether. From complete DIY to super
high end, very expensive. We're not gonna do a lot of the DIY.

We're gonna start with
a lot of the options that are easily available to you online. In the very first setup we have here, we've built a solution that
we think is pretty much affordable if you're going
to be shooting professionally that is good for studio
and also on location. And a lot of the tools you'll
see here are adaptable, so you can shoot on location
without having to completely reinvest in a whole other system. And also, on top of this,
it is also pretty mobile. One person can basically put this down, break it into a bag, carry it on location, and be set up in about 15 to 20 minutes. When it comes to tethering,
there are a million options.

What we're gonna do now
is cover entry level all the way to the higher end options, and show you, piece by
piece, what you can use to make a workflow
that's efficient for you. On this workflow, we have a tripod. Any tripod will work. I would definitely suggest
you invest in something that is going to last you a few years. This is my first tripod,
from about ten years ago. It's still working. Made by Manfrotto. From the bottom here,
we have an attachment that goes onto your tripod. This is made by Tether
Tools, and it allows you to put three casters and
make your workstation, which can get quite heavy, pretty mobile. So you'll notice that, if I
would like to move my setup, let's say I'm the photographer,
I wanna move my lights. I need to bring this with me, because my cable isn't infinite. I can now move it pretty
easily with one hand, and I don't have to pick
up my whole workstation and move it across.

The nice thing, too, is if I
wanted to be out on location, obviously you're probably
not gonna wanna use wheels on location, as
the ground isn't level. You can take these off and
work on an uneven surface. So it's nice to have that
as an option if you need it. So moving up from the tripod itself, you'll see the first
thing we have attached to the tripod is the utility tray. This is also from Tether Tools. That is attached to the
tripod through what is called the Tether Tools master clamp. You'll see from there we
have a lot of "A" clamps. You're just gonna need a lot of these for a lot of different reasons. You're always rigging
something up in photography, so invest in a lot of
these that are also black.

Don't get colored ones of these. You can get these from Home Depot, you can get these from Tether Tools, you can get these from
B&H, they're everywhere. Just get black ones. The next tray that you see
here is the Tether Table Aero, this is also from Tether Tools. This comes with a mount
to go directly onto, let's say, a C-stand, or your tripod. It's a pretty universal
mount, and that's what we have our computer attached to. You'll notice that there's two things that we added on to here. One, this strap, to keep
a PA or an assistant, from someone knocking this over, and then we also have this pad right here, which is gonna be grip. It allows for the computer
to sit on something that's grip and not on metal.

Now, as we rotate our
station, you'll notice that you see a spot for
our external hard drive. And if you're going to
be shooting tethered, you're gonna be going to
the internal hard drive on the computer, and we're
gonna need a second location to put those files. This is a great modification
that you can get from Tether Tools, as well,
to put your hard drive. The second thing you'll notice here is our JerkStopper system. It is a two part system that
attaches to the cart itself, near where you're going to
be plugged into the computer, and also once on your camera. Can be on the bottom of your camera or on the side of your camera.

And this part comes out
here, the cable goes on top, and it prevents you from pulling out, accidentally, and destroying
the ports on your computer and on your camera. So it keeps you connected. It's a really cheap way, this is probably one of the
first things you wanna buy if you're going to be shooting tethered. From there, we have cable management. Again, it's really
cheap to stay organized, and you don't want to
have a huge mess of cables everywhere on your workstation. So the first thing you
can do is just get Velcro. When you travel, use Velcro. You don't want to be untangling cables and be stressed out
while you're setting up.

You'll notice that also
there's modifications, these are made by Tether Tools. I recommend getting five to ten of these, these are pretty invaluable. You can clip them on pretty much anywhere. It allows you to have your
cables nicely organized. You'll also notice, on the very far back, in addition to Velcro we're
also using these little "A" clamps, what we talked about earlier. Again, these are useful
for a lot of things. Right now we have our
Apple MagSafe power cable hidden in the back here. And below that, you'll see
another piece from Tether Tools. This just allows you to easily attach this onto your tripod itself.

And then we're using
more "A" clamps down here for cable management
before we plug into power. So there you have it. This is gonna be our most basic setup that's good for in studio
and out on location. This entire setup is gonna run in between $600 to $700 depending on your tripod, and depending on what
accessories you add onto this. Now, to recap, the tripod
itself doesn't matter, it's universal.

You can use your existing
tripod to fit onto the Tether Tools casters that
we have here at the bottom. We have the utility tray,
a spot for your camera. You can have multiple utility
trays for multiple cameras if you are shooting with multiple. And on top here, we have a
spot for our hard drive and a spot to safely put our computer
without it falling off. Now let's take a look at a
setup that's a little bit more rugged, for location shooting. In this setup, we're not
really shooting tethered, but we kind of are. This is gonna be customized
for someone that wants to shoot out on location, and they
might not be able to afford a team of people to help them run a set. Specifically, a lot of people
that shoot architecture might fall into this category. So let me go through this setup. The first thing you'll notice
is that we have a tripod, and a camera mounted. You'll notice the one thing
that we are shooting to here is the CamRanger, attached to
our Really Right Stuff tripod through our Tether Tools MagSafe adapter that we used in the previous setup.

That goes through our USB 2.0 cable into our Canon 5D Mark III
to get the files in here. Now we're shooting to two
cards, both the SD card and the CF card internally here, so we have two backups of our
file in the camera itself. Because we're not
actually sending raw files to the iPad itself, we're
just sending a preview, so you're able to see what you're getting. You're able to adjust your
aperture, your f-stop, and all of your settings without actually touching the camera, and actually
being quite a bit far away from the camera itself. So it's incredibly convenient
for an efficient workflow. The next few things
you'll see here is, again, we're using our master
clamp from Tether Tools, or a super clamp from
anyone else, like Manfrotto.

This allows us to build a
workstation without having to carry a table into the
woods, or into any location. So all of this can be
easily adjusted, high, low. You can basically put a
table anywhere you're at. So just by turning this, that's gonna lock it down pretty tight, and you're able to put a decent amount of light to medium weight
things on a table such as this. And the last thing we
would recommend is using some sort of sun screen or
way to minimize reflections on the glossy screen iPad itself.

Hoodman is a company that
creates a lot of different hoods for different devices of all sizes. So depending on the iPad
you get, you can use this. You can also just bring
black velvet with you, completely drape it over your head. That's gonna be probably
a $10 solution from, like, Jo-Ann Fabric. But you're gonna look a
little silly doing it. So we recommend having at
least one of these on set if you're going to be walking
around in a bright location. But, overall, this is very simple setup. From the CamRanger itself, you're looking right around the $500 range. A little bit higher if you go
in with high end carbon fiber. That will put you into the
$1000 to $1200 price range for the entire setup, not including
the camera and the iPad. So overall this setup can
really range in price. What you see set up here,
not including the camera, not including the iPad, is around $1500, but it's incredibly sturdy. And this tripod and the
ballhead are gonna last you probably for most of your career. One modification that
we have to this setup is to simplify it by
using just one tripod, and using the crossbar from Tether Tools.

This allows us to attach the same tray to one side of the crossbar, while putting our camera's
tripod mount to the other side of the crossbar to create
a much-simplified setup. From there, we can use
master clamps and J hooks. J hooks are a good addition
to the master clamp itself. You can hang cables, you can hang tape, you can hang really anything you want. It's just another way to
stay organized on set. Overall, this setup is very
similar to what we just covered, but allows you to, A, not
invest in another tripod, and B, be a little more
minimal while you're on set, either in the studio or out on location.

Now let's take a look at some
of our higher end setups..

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