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Chapter 4. Tethering

The tethering view allows you to capture images directly into darktable from your connected camera.

4.1. Overview

To use the tethering feature you need to connect your camera to your PC using a USB cable. Your computer might ask to mount or view the connected camera. Do not mount or view the camera. If that happens automatically, you will need to unmount/eject the camera. This is required to unlock the camera so darktable can lock it for usage.

After the USB cable is connected, look at the import panel in lighttable mode (see Section 2.3.1, “Import”). If your camera is not visible in this panel, click the scan devices button and it will appear with two functions: import from camera and tethered shoot. Click tethered shoot to enter the tethering mode.

darktable uses gphoto2 to interface with your camera. If you have problems finding the connected camera as described above, check the troubleshoot section in this chapter in order to verify your camera has tethering support.

4.1.1. Tethering

In the center view images are shown while you capture them. You can get an exposure by either using darktable's userinterface or manually triggering a capture on your camera. If you are using LiveView it will be shown in darktable's center view.

When entering tethering view, a film roll will be created using the same structure as defined when you import from the camera. Job code will be predefined as capture.

If you want to group your captures into different film rolls, you should use the session panel in right side. When entering a new name and pressing enter, a new film roll will be created and captured images will go into this new film roll.

darktable provides some nifty tools to setup a capture in the user interface. You can setup timelapse captures and brackets for HDR creations. The configuration is so dynamic that you can create sequential capture of brackets – go figure... For more information read the documentation about the capture panel and the examples in this chapter.