Tethered Shooting Pro

Tethered shooting / White balance / Library / Lens Correction

Shoot directly into Capture One; the world’s most advanced tethered capture solution.

Employ the world's most advanced tethered capture solution to shoot directly into the application and operate your camera remotely. Speed up image composition, lighting and focusing with Live View for supported medium format and DSLR camera systems. Let your clients follow the shoot remotely and give feedback with Capture Pilot for iPad and the web.

Simply connect your digital back or supported Canon and Nikon DSLRs to a computer to view and examine your images almost instantly on-screen, in close-up detail.


The Capture tool tab is the gateway to tethered shooting with a Phase One digital back or supported DSLR. Connect a camera to your computer via a FireWire or a USB cable.

This tool tab has a host of features to aid workflow. Adjust your camera exposure settings remotely, apply adjustments and multiple styles during capture. Use the Camera tool to alter ISO and White Balance settings and fire the shutter of a connected camera or activate its Live View functionality.

Use the Capture Pilot tool/app to connect Capture One Pro 7 to an iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone. The Capture Pilot app lets you present, rate and capture image files on an iOS device.

The Capture Pilot tool also has a web function that lets you view, rate and color tag captured images from a web browser on a computer, Android (mobile device) or Windows Phone operating system.

Start a Tethered session

  1. Choose File>New Session...
  2. In the Type drop down menu choose Tethered.
  3. Check Location of the session and the naming of the individual Session folders.
  4. Connect a supported camera.

Video tutorial: Tethered Shooting

Watch this video guide to tethered shooting. (Click on the image to the right). Use Capture One Pro 7 as an integrated part of your capture process by shooting tethered, directly into the application. Instantly import and view images as you shoot and adjust your camera exposure settings remotely or apply adjustments and multiple styles during capture.

Shoot Tethered from a Phase One, Mamiya or LEAF digital back

  1. Start a Tethered session.
  2. Connect a Phase One digital back via a FireWire cable.
  3. Capture One will immediately recognized the back.
  4. Set the desired ISO and File format.
  5. Press the Capture button.
  6. Set the White Balance.
  7. Check Next Capture Adjustments settings.
    The Copy from Last choice will copy the settings from the previous capture and will ensure that resulting images attain a similar look within the Session.

Reconnect camera

If a DSLR or digital back has been disconnected, do not reconnect it until the Camera tool status changes to No Camera Attached.

Adjust the camera exposure settings

Once a camera is connected it is possible to make a number of adjustments to the camera settings.

  1. Select the desired Program exposure mode from the drop down menu.
  2. In this example Manual was chosen, which means it is possible to adjust the Shutter, Aperture and EV Adj. (Exposure Value Adjustment) settings.
  3. Go to the Camera tab to alter the file Format, ISO and White Balance settings. In this example using a Nikon D700 means users can also alter the Image Area to either DX or FX format.
  4. Capture One version 7 offers aditional functionality including the ability to change the Flash Mode where an attached Speedlight (in this example for Nikon DSLRs) can be set to Front curtain, Rear curtain or to Red eye reduction.

Set White Balance in tethered photography

  1. Take the first shot of your tethered session.
  2. Press the White Balance icon in the Camera Tool.
  3. Use the White Balance picker to set White Balance from a neutral area of an image file.
  4. Press the Set button when the desired White Balance setting is achieved.

Shoot test shots

  1. Choose Camera>Composition Mode or press the Composition mode icon*.
  2. The Composition mode is activated as soon as the X Icon is displayed in the Viewer.
  3. Remove the Composition mode to keep test shot files. 

Note: Each new capture taken in Composition mode overwrites the previous one. This mode makes it possible to shoot multiple test shots without filling up hard drive space.

  *The Composition mode icon can be added to the toolbar. Go to View>Customise Toolbar...

Set Orientation of a capture

  1. Choose Camera>Orientation.
  2. Set the desired rotation.

Note: Phase One IQ, P and P+ series Backs have an integrated image orientation sensor. H-backs made for 645-format also have this sensor. Select Camera>Orientation>Auto to rotate the capture automatically.

Early Phase One digital back models do not integrate sensor orientation. In some cases, owners of other Phase One Backs are shooting at angles that are not supported by the orientation sensor. This mostly occurs when the camera is faced downwards and rotated at the same time. Choose an angle from the Camera>Orientation list to suit your needs.

It is important to emphasize that Orientation will not only rotate, but it will also overwrite the orientation information in an image. Hence the orientation will be kept in the image file when it is moved to another Capture One user.

Activating the Image Area/SensorFlex function for Nikon/Leaf

The Image Area and SensorFlex options feature a number of cropping choices for Leaf Aptus II-12 and II-10 digital backs and Nikon DSLRs. Please note that any selection will crop the sensor and information recorded outside the crop cannot be recovered.

  1. Go to the Camera tool.
  2. Select an option from the Image Area drop down menu.

Use an overlay when shooting tethered

  1. Start a tethered session. (Choose File>New Session...).
  2. Set up the camera for tethered photography.
  3. Go to Crop tool tab.
  4. Insert a draft file into the Overlay window by pressing the browse icon to select a relevant file or simply drag and drop a file into the specified area.
  5. Press the Composition mode icon to shoot a test shot.
  6. Adjust the draft file and/or the test shot to match each other accordingly.

Note: The overlay file should be a PSD, RAW, TIFF, JPEG or PDF. PC users can use a JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PNG or a GIF. Find out more about the Overlay tool here.

Adjust which images are shown during tethered photography

  1. Choose Camera>Auto Select New Capture.
  2. Select the update rate of new captures from the following:
  • Never will show the chosen primary variant.
  • Immediately will show a new capture as soon as possible (before all sharpening calculations are done). 
  • When Ready will show new captures as soon as all auto-adjustments are done. 
  • Auto Pause Will allow the viewing of a selected primary variant while the tethered session continues.

Apply auto adjustments when importing images from a memory card or when shooting tethered

  1. Go to the Capture tool tab and check mark Auto Alignment option in the Next Capture Adjustments tool when shooting tethered. (The Auto Alignment option will correct rotation and keystone only).
  2. When importing images from a memory card, check mark the Auto Adjust option that can be found in the Adjustments tool in the Import Images window.

Shoot from Capture Pilot

  1. Press the Camera icon in the bottom left corner of Capture Pilot display on an iPad/iPod Touch/iPhone.
  2. A floating window will appear on screen. Long press the aperture, shutter or ISO numbers to access a menu list of alternative settings. Exposure settings can also be altered by swiping the (virtual) dial, which is located next to the numeric settings.
  3. Press the Shutter button to trigger the shutter and expose an image. Files are saved to a designated Capture One folder.

Discover more about Capture Pilot.

Capture Pilot camera controls

Video tutorial: Setting up Capture Pilot

Let Adrian Weinbrecht explain how to connect Capture One and Capture Pilot.

Exposure Evaluation

Exposure Evaluation (in the Capture Tool Tab) displays a histogram of the latest captured raw file. Subsequent adjustments made to the raw file will be reflected in any histograms that are located in the tool tabs. However, the Exposure Evaluation Histogram will stay as originally captured, as it refers to the raw file.

The Exposure meter is located directly below the Exposure Evaluation Histogram. This meter provides an indication of under/overexposure that is based on center weighted measuring and calculated in aperture values.

The Exposure meter is designed to be easily seen at long viewing distances to make estimating the exposure value easier when shooting tethered in a studio or on location. 

Change the ICC profile

Change the ICC profile at any given time. It is important to note that some supported camera models have more than one ICC profile that is designed to optimize images in the wide variety of shooting scenarios that professional photographers may experience. You are likely to obtain substandard captures if you select an ICC profile for a camera other than the one being used. Color interpretation can vary widely depending on the camera make and model.

  1. Go to the Color Tool tab and open Base Charateristics.
  2. Select an option from the ICC Profile drop down menu.

Tethered camera support

Capture One 7.0 DB has tethered support for the following digital backs/cameras:

Phase One: IQ180, IQ160, IQ140, P65+, P40+, P45+, P30+, P21+, P25+, P20+, Achromatic+, P45, P30, P25, P21, P20, H25, H 20, H 101, H 10, H 5, LightPhase.

Mamiya: DM56, DM40, DM33, DM28, DM22, M31, M22, M18.

Leaf: Credo 80, Credo 60, Credo 40, Aptus-II 12R, Aptus-II 12, Aptus-II 10R, Aptus-II 10, Aptus-II 8, Aptus-II 7, Aptus-II 6, Aptus-II 5, AFi-II 12, AFi-II 10, AFi-II 7, AFi-II 6.

Additionally, Capture One 7.0 Pro has tethered support for the following cameras:

Leaf: Aptus 75S, Aptus 65S, Aptus 54S, AFi 7, AFi 6, AFi 5, Aptus 75, Aptus 65, Aptus 22, Aptus 17.

Canon: 1D X (preliminary), 1D Mark IV, 1Ds Mark III, 1D Mark III, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 7D, 60D, 50D, 40D, 600D/Rebel T3i, 550D/Rebel T2i, 500D/Rebel T1i, 450D/Rebel XSi, 1100D/Rebel T3, 1000D/Rebel XS.
Some older Canon models may work to some extent but no support is provided for these.

Nikon: D4, D3s, D3x, D3, D800, D800E, D700, D300, D300s, D200, D90, D80, D60, D7000, D5100, D5000, D40x, D40.
The extent of tethered support will vary depending on the back/camera connected. Live View may not be supported for all cameras.

Trouble shooting: Digital backs

Advice for digital back users:

  • Ensure that your system can supply at least 10W power via FireWire to a Phase One digital back. (This is more than most laptops can supply). Alternatively, activate the Force Battery setting on the back. Use the 4.5m Phase One FireWire cable.
  • Ensure that your system can supply at least 12W power via FireWire to a Leaf or Mamiya DM digital back. (This is more than most laptops can supply). Use a Leaf or Mamiya Firewire cable.
  • Do not open the shutter on the camera prior to opening the Live View window. Doing so will generate errors on the digital back after closing the Live View window. The recommended procedure for using Live View is to first open the Live View window, then open the shutter on the camera, use Live View as desired, when done, close the shutter on the camera, and close the Live View window.
  • For Leaf Backs and Mamiya DM systems, the camera body must be selected in preferences before connecting the back.
  • For Leaf Backs and Mamiya DM systems, in the case of a communication error during firmware upload, please wait 10 minutes before disconnecting the FireWire cable.
  • Leaf Aptus II 8 only works with black and white live view.

Trouble shooting: DSLRs

Advice for Canon 5D, 20D and 350D/Rebel XT DSLRs: Set the camera's communication setting to PC connection or Normal to enable remote capture. Do not use the Print/PTP or PTP setting.

Connecting some Canon cameras to the computer after launching Capture One might result in tethered capture being unavailable. If you experience this, connect the camera to the computer prior to launching Capture One.