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

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

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

  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.

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

  5. Use the floating tethered capture bar to import photos.  

    • View the shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and white balance of the tethered camera in the center of the floating bar.
    • 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.
    • If you are segmenting photos by shots, press Ctrl+Shift+T (Windows) or Command+Shift+T (Mac OS) to create a new shot.
    • By default, Lightroom Classic CC selects and displays the most recently captured photo in the preview area. Choose File > Tethered Capture and deselect Auto Advance Selection if you do not want Lightroom Classic CC to automatically select the most recently captured photo.
    • Close the floating tethered capture bar or choose File > Tethered Capture > Stop Tethered Capture to end the session.
    • Press Ctrl+T (Windows) or Command+T (Mac OS) to show/hide the floating tethered capture bar.



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

Video tutorial: Import photos from a tethered camera

Video tutorial: Import photos from a tethered camera
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