Five top Capture One Pro tools for tethered photography

Shooting tethered in Capture One is easy and powerful. Capture photos directly to your computer with a compatible camera for instant previews and a collaborative workflow.

Learn how to:

✓ Connect your camera to your computer
✓ Start shooting tethered


As the professionals’ choice in tethered shooting and RAW conversion, Capture One Pro supports both wired and wireless tethering so you can choose what suits you best. There’s no additional cost. No plug-ins to download and enable. And no complicated set-up. Get more from Capture One Pro.

Whether at home, in the studio or on location, tethered photography removes all of the guesswork and helps realise your creative vision.

Download a 30-day free trial of Capture One Pro and experience the control, convenience and capabilities of tethered photography.

What are the five top tools for tethered photography?

Live View streaming

With the camera tethered to your computer, you have all the power and flexibility of Capture One Pro at your fingertips.

Live view streaming allows you to preview the image on a larger display and, after you’ve captured the image, carefully inspect it in much finer detail than you ever could on your camera’s screen.

Capture One’s Live View WB (White Balance) tool* provides cooler or warmer previews of the image during streaming. Instant feedback prevents accidental missteps and enables better-informed judgements on lighting, exposure and color before capture, potentially saving costly reshoots.

Camera control with focus adjustment

Capture One’s Camera Focus tool offers complete control over focusing* to deliver optimal sharpness without touching the camera.

Remote camera control from your desktop is far more convenient than scrolling through menus on your camera. And, when the camera is on a stand or tripod, remote control prevents accidental camera movement, which is crucial for macro and product photography, especially when using focus stacking techniques.

Next Capture automation

Automation leverages the advantages of remote shooting with the power of Capture One’s advanced editing tools for minimum intervention and maximal output.

Capture One’s Next Capture Naming and Location tools offer the option to name or rename images as they’re downloaded and organise images into folders and sub-folders, saving time and potential missteps in pressured environments.

With Capture One’s Next Capture Adjustments tool, you have all the power of tethered photography at your fingertips. Use the Styles and Presets option to add personalised creative looks with predetermined color and tonal adjustments and add keyword sets and copyright instructions as the images are downloaded to Capture One.

For the ultimate in automation, use the Next Capture Adjustments’ Other option with specific tools or a combination of them. Make any number of color or tonal adjustments to test shots and then crop after composing loosely in the live preview for a safety margin when printing.

Choose to have either all or some of those adjustments copied over to the next capture or copied from another previously adjusted image from the session.

Flexible browser and viewing tools

Side-by-side comparison of the most nuanced color and tonal adjustments can be made against a preferred image using the Set as Compare feature in the browser.

View a magnified point that’s automatically updated in the Viewer as images are transferred from the camera with Capture One’s Focus tool, located under the Refine tool tab. Remove the tool from the tool tab and duplicate it so you can keep an eye on multiple points simultaneously


Load in a transparent image file and insert it into the live preview or a captured image to aid composition. Whether it’s representing a magazine cover template, with a masthead and cover lines, or simple, sketched outlines for compositing multiple images, overlays remove all the guesswork.

For further advanced techniques when shooting tethered watch this Tethered Capture Advanced Workflows tutorial.


Cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Leica, Sigma and Phase One are compatible for tethered shooting. For a full list check this page.

For detailed, technical information about capturing tethered, please visit our support article here.