EOS Utility 3: Tethered Shooting

you welcome to our Studios where in this video we'll show you what it's like to set up and shoot tethered and we'll be using the EOS utility 3 will show you how you can adjust settings and take pictures and video right from your computer screen we'll go through most of the basics that you need to know about and we'll wrap up by touching on Wireless computer-controlled shooting so let's get started here on the computer first of all you can see that my camera is connected we have the EOS utility 3 already launched and in the earlier video we've been through the other two options so we're going to click right on the middle and jump straight to remote shooting what that does is it brings up this control panel and you'll recognize that an awful lot of the settings over here are consistent with what you see on the camera itself one of them is grayed out though and I want to point out that you see the manual shooting mode is grayed out that's because it can't be changed from this interface there are some things that you actually have to go to the camera and adjust they're directly not many but the shooting mode is one of those things of course the exception to that rule is the 1 DX because it doesn't have a mode dial it actually can be remotely changed electronically based on the manual shooting mode you can see that my camera right now is set to shoot an exposure at one sixtieth of a second at f/4 for the aperture and if you click on any of these that have the black the dark black rather than the grayed out text you can adjust these right here on screen now before I go too far through all of the options here I want to show you something really important and the thing that makes this such a great way to shoot and that's live view shooting so we're going to click on live view shoot here at the bottom of the panel and you can see it brings up a full screen and you can see my model is ready to go hi Kim and what we have on this screen is a live preview and this is actually the focus area so we can click hold and drag to move our area of focus you can also see there are some additional controls on the right side of this panel now these are controls that some of them are actually replicating what's over here in the control panel so you can make those adjustments either place what I like to do is I like to close this panel up so that I get a nice big preview so just click there you get a nice big preview of what your final image is going to look like this is the focus area but the camera isn't focused it looks as though it's close to focused but it's not exactly focused so the way that you do that is just double click any particular place on screen so let me click hold and drag and move this just a little bit I'm going to double click on her eye and that way it puts the camera into the mode where the lens actually captures focus and now you see this green box that means that it captured a good focus and although you couldn't hear it it was very faint I'm sure the camera actually did make its confirmation beep now if you'd like to look very closely in this area you can zoom in to five times or ten times magnification this is a temporary digital magnification it does not affect your final image but those controls are at the lower right so click here and you can see that's 5 times magnification and you can see how nice and sharp the focus is right on her eyes and that makes for a great portrait we can even go closer 10 times digital zoom and it's nice and sharp so going back to our original view so we've already captured focus we're about ready to shoot and as soon as we do we're going to trigger the editing software dpp-4 digital photo professional 4 it automatically launches because it's already tied to our EOS utility of course my setup is that AOS utility 3 is linked to digital photo professional 4 but if you wanted to have some other editing software like Lightroom or Photoshop you could do that you just go into the Preferences of ES utility 3 and in that drop-down menu just choose the linked software option and choose that alternate application and that way the other program is linked to your copy of EOS utility 3 so there we have it it's captured the image it launches the dpp-4 software and you can see that's ready to edit came into that interface right away now this video isn't about how to use that we have a separate video series on how to use dpp-4 so we'll tuck this away behind our live view there we go and we're back to the live view there's one other window that showed up and it's the preview window the reason this preview window is so great is you don't have to be shooting live view you can just like we are here you can shoot live view to shoot tethered but you can also turn off live view and still shoot tethered and see those images show up in preview you can use this if for example you have an art director on set and the art director just wants to see the finished images so let's do that now we're going to turn off live view by going to the remote live View window and click the close button at the bottom right live view is now turned off the camera is still active it's still attached to our yosh utility so now I'm going to go grab the camera and we're going to shoot live this way like we normally do I have constant lights set up here you might be working with flash units none of that matters a couple other things though that I want to point out here we are tethered with the standard USB cable some yose equipped cameras have special configurations so that they hold this connection while you're shooting because you might have a tendency to yank that out of there you'll also maybe notice that I taped it down on the desk so I don't accidentally pull it out of the computer on the other end so on this end since I don't have something like that or an aftermarket jerk stop tool I usually hook the cable that way so that I don't accidentally pull on this connection that way I can work with the camera the way that I'm used to give myself a little bit of slack there we go hi Kim thank you so much for helping us out today there we go and that's beautiful and all these shots that I'm taking I automatically show up right away on the computer and they're showing up in the preview so that way they're not in the DPP for editing tool okay let's remount this and get back to our software all right so back on the computer you can see these preview shots show up automatically and this is a great way to work with an art director who's maybe looking at the computer and you can even make these fullscreen and hide the camera controls over here on the right okay going back to live view shooting will click here and launch the live view preview window and you'll see that the camera is set for when I was hand-holding it and you can see the focus is off a little bit and so is the framing so one of the other things that you have to do manually on the camera is you actually have to do your zooming manually that's something else you can't do remotely there we go so we've reset the framing and we'll go back to our computer and we can control the focus by double clicking in the focus area and the camera grabs focus alright just a couple of the things I would like to go through some of these settings and show you some of the things that you can change you can change the lighting where we are right now we're using some constant lights and you can change the white balance to auto white balance now that's a little blue it is very accurate but I like portraits to be just a little warmer so I chose fluorescent I think it looks a little bit better that way and of course you can also adjust these slightly in post processing using dpp-4 or your choice of post processing software like Photoshop or Lightroom so you can change the lighting this way but remember that panel we tucked away just a minute ago let's go back there I want to show you how you can adjust the white balance manually let's go to custom white balance and then taking the eyedropper tool click OK and then just click on something that you know is gray or white and it will adjust Perley for you so that's accurate color I still like the look of the fluorescent though it has a slight warmness to it and when I'm doing portraits I like a little bit more warmth in the image so that's why I have that with a bit of an orange cast or a little bit of a warmth let's go to the drive mode you can change the drive mode from single shot to continuous or the quiet mode or quiet continuous and of course you have the timers available so you can choose evaluative metering or center-weighted or spot metering so we'll leave it on a value of two three four now this is the ISO speed you can have it set on auto ISO for this particular camera or any of these other values but for the lighting that we have in the studio here ISO 800 seems to work best you can change your image quality mindset right now to Camera Raw plus a large high-resolution JPEG and then you can also decide whether you would like the images to go straight down to your computer like you saw that they do and to the memory card that's what's set up here or you could have it go just to the computer and that way it wouldn't go on to the memory card click OK and you can see your change is reflected here one of the nice things that you can do remotely also besides shooting the still shots which is what we've been doing so far is you can trigger video remotely now you would do that by clicking here on the video camera and as soon as you do that it's in video record mode but it's not recording yet you have to go to the lower left and you see where that video record button is click on that now you're recording and you actually see the counter and you see the red record spot when you're done recording hit that same button one more time and it's recorded a movie now here's the only thing it always saves videos to the memory card on the camera but it doesn't download them automatically you can choose later whether or not you'd like to down those videos and in fact let's go ahead and put away this screen so I'll choose close and you see this dialog box it actually is asking you the question do you want to download the video that you just recorded you have the option to do that now by clicking the download or you can simply click cancel and do it at a later time in the bottom of the control panel here you also have access to some shooting menu options like picture style you have access to Flash adjustments if you have a Flash attached to your camera which I don't at this point and you also have access to setup menu items regarding the live view when you're done working with the live view setup if you want to close the preview window the live view preview click the close button and you're back to seeing the previews of the shots we took just a moment ago when you're ready to go back to the EOS utility itself click on the main window button at the bottom right of the control panel and it goes right back to the EOS utility itself now if your camera has built-in Wi-Fi like the 6d I'm using it's very easy to use this software and set it up so that you've got a wireless connection in this case I've set up an ad hoc network how you set up and connect with your camera using Wi-Fi is going to vary it's very different and in fact there's a whole manual Canon has put together so you can look that up in the manual get the Wi-Fi connection in place once it's in place many of the same functions are still available so let's have a look on the computer at some of the Wi-Fi functionality again you can go back to remote shooting and you can see the same control panel that we had before is still available most of the same settings are controllable remotely even when you're wireless but there's one thing that's missing and I want you to look to the right of the live view shoot button there is no longer a video button that's because you can't trigger remote video shooting from the live you shoot when you click on that you will notice that the live view shoot still looks the same but you might notice that the video feed is actually a little bit jumpy err it's going to depend on the camera that you're using and the wireless connection setup that you have but there's a little bit of jumping it's a little bit of additional jumpiness to this setup other than that Wi-Fi works just the same as the wired setup that we had going earlier so that wraps up our series on the canon eos utility 3 and how to use it for remote shooting both wired and wireless li you know it's a nice bonus that comes along with your Canon DSLR purchase I'm Larry Becker thanks for watching you

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