With Lightroom Classic and earlier versions, you can connect your camera to your computer with a USB cable, and as you shoot, have the images immediately and automatically imported into Lightroom. This is not only handy for studio portrait and product photographers who want to judge sharpness and review images with their clients immediately, but it’s also handy for amateurs: whether you’re at home and tethered to your desktop computer with a long USB cable, or out in the field with your laptop, you can immediately judge sharpness and composition of your macro flower shots, night photos of star trails, and much more.
Tethered Capture is only supported in Lightroom for certain Nikon, Canon and Leica cameras. Mac Sierra and High Sierra are not compatible with tethered capture in Lightroom 5 – upgrade to Lightroom 6 or Classic if you want to use this feature.
Watch my video tutorial below to learn how to use all the features of Tethered Capture in Lightroom. This is one of 101 videos in my 22-hour Lightroom 5, 6 and Classic 7: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series.