Tethered on location
For those of you who know me or follow me on social media, you know I shoot tethered like 99,9% of the time. .-) This regardless of if I’m in the studio or on location. Since my tether setup has changed a bit since I last wrote about shooting tethered I thought I share my new setup for shooting tethered on location.
What hasn’t changed is that I still shoot tethered to my Surface Pro 4 i7 16GB with C1 Pro 12 and Sony A99ii. Works like a charm still, even though USB 2.0 on the A99ii is the bottleneck..
Why do I shoot tethered?
A valid question as it might seem too much hassle for nothing when shooting on location. In some cases and for some people it sure is. But for me and what and how I shoot I would never give it up unless it’s simply not possible.
I shoot a lot of food on location and I can’t evaluate focus, composition, and lighting on the back of a tiny LCD, simply not an option if I can help it. (which luckily I often can)
Here is a short clip how the new tether setup assembles, all by itself like magic! 🙂
New tether arm and mount
As you can see I no longer use a Tether Tools Tether Table to hold my surface on location. Instead, I now primarily use an Aero tab to hold my Surface Pro 4 in tablet mode (no keyboard) which I have used before, but with a mounting solution that was a little too heavy and bulky. Now I mount the arm that holds the Tether Tools Aero tab directly to the apex of my PromediaGear tripods! It’s a lot smaller than a super clamp and a heavy large magic arm I used before.
Here is the arm setup with the different bits and bobs.
This new lighter and more compact setup makes it easier and faster to shoot tethered so I might hit that 100% mark soon. 🙂 The game changer for me is the PromediaGear tripods which have 1/4″ and 3/8″ (larger 42 series has both) mounting holes on their apex. That’s what gave me the idea of getting something smaller and lighter than a super clamp and a big magic arm. I will do a separate blog post on the ProMediaGear 34 and 42 series tripods as well as on the Arca Swiss Cube GP in the near future.
Now for those of you who do not have the option to mount an arm directly on your tripod, you can, of course, use a super clamp or smaller nano clamp (depending on tripod size) But it’s less than optimal to use clamps directly onto the CF legs (if you’re careful it’s no harm) since if your not careful you can ruin your tripod legs. Also, this route is often heavier and bulkier.
The Manfrotto friction arms (244 mini and micro) really are top notch, small precise and when you lock them they do not move. Regardless of how you mount your arm, this is the arm to get in this size! The RRS Quick release system is perfect for this, as it’s strong enough and is tight enough to hold the arm in place on the apex. The Novo Flex Q=mini clamp which is Arca Swiss compatible makes them arm manageable and light, compared to a full-size clamp from RRS.
I hope some of you got inspired to start shooting tethered even more and got some new ideas for your own setups! Happy tethering! 🙂