To Tether or Not?

Q: Hi Brian, I’m a Hallmark grad who just moved to Miami. With the NEX cameras, do you still shoot tethered, or have you ditched the digitech completely? Also, what’s your take on video with DSLRs? Will they do to still pictures what digital did to film? – adyus

A: My workhorse camera is the Sony a900, I’ll tether on big shoots so the clients can see, but most of the time shoot to card. I’ll be shooting tethered at WPPI this week with some really cool accessories from Tether Tools. The whole point of the NEX-5 is it’s small size, so I use it much more for street photography and travel than on big productions.

As for the second part of your question, I’m very impressed with the quality of the HD video from the NEX-5 and a77. They’ve both got big sensors so they blow the doors off traditional camcorders. Video won’t replace the still photograph – it’s another tool for story telling.

Q: hey BRY how are you doing? Do you know any one who is using the IPAD for a tool with photography? I NEED TO upgrade to a better way of sending stuff to clients. THANKS – dudelooks

A: The main thing I use iPad for is to have a portfolio with me at all times such a times I get seated next to a potential client on a plane. I still send out a print portfolio book, though if your portfolio includes motion, the iPad clearly rocks. My favorite iPad portfolio app is Foliobook.

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2 thoughts on “To Tether or Not?”

    1. Hello Wayne,

      To the best of my knowledge, none of the Cyber-shots ever had tethering capability. The only Sony bodies I’ve shot tethered are the a900, 850 and a700.

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