Updated in the February 2019 release of Lightroom Classic (version 8.2)

When supported Canon or Nikon digital cameras are connected to the computer, you can import photos directly into a Lightroom Classic catalog. You can bypass the camera's capture software and import directly from a camera.

  1. Connect a supported camera to your computer and open Lightroom Classic.

    For a list of cameras that can be tethered to Lightroom Classic, see Tethered camera support | Lightroom Classic.

  2. Choose File > Tethered Capture > Start Tethered Capture.

  3. In the Tethered Capture Settings dialog box, specify how you want to import the photos:


    The session is the name of the folder that stores the captured photos. Select Segment Photos By Shots to create subfolders within the session. You can name the subfolders after clicking OK.


    Choose a filenaming convention for the photos. Session Name - Sequence uses the name entered in Session. For any naming convention that uses a numerical sequence, specify the Start Number. See Naming options and The Filename Template Editor and Text Template Editor.


    Choose a location for the session folder.


    Add metadata and keywords to the imported photos, if desired. See Apply metadata and keywords to photos when importing.

    Disable Auto Advance

    Select this option if you don't want Lightroom Classic to automatically select the most recently captured photo. Deselect this option to display the most recently captured photo in the preview area.

  4. Click OK to start the photo-capture session.

    A camera detection window appears. The Tether bar appears after Lightroom Classic detects a camera.

    Lightroom Classic detecting a connected camera for tether
    Lightroom Classic detecting a connected camera for tether
  5. Use the floating tethered capture bar to adjust the camera controls and develop settings.  

    • Click the shutter release button (the large round circle) to capture a photo. Or, press the camera’s shutter release button.
    • Optionally, choose a preset to apply on import from the Develop Settings pop-up menu. See Apply Develop settings to photos when importing.
    • Click the Settings button in the lower-right corner of the floating bar to edit capture settings.
    • You can control the Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO, and White Balance of the tethered camera from the floating capture bar. 
    • If you are segmenting photos by shots, press Ctrl+Shift+T (Windows) or Command+Shift+T (macOS) to create a new shot. You could also click the current shot name and enter a new shot name.
    • Press Ctrl+T (Windows) or Command+T (Mac OS) to show/hide the floating tethered capture bar.
    • Close the floating tethered capture bar or choose File > Tethered Capture > Stop Tethered Capture to end the session.


If you're having problems with tethered shooting, see Troubleshoot tethered capture in Lightroom Classic.