How to Tether to Lightroom Wirelessly

On my last corporate photoshoot, I was taking headshots in a small conference room cluttered with a large table and chairs. I wanted to give my clients immediate feedback by tethering to Lightroom, but in such a cramped space, extra cords made for a potentially disastrous setup. One false step would have not only tripped someone but also sent my camera or laptop–or both–flying.

Benjamin VonWong has a solution to this tethering issue. Check out how he uses wireless tethering on-location:

After finding a few other wireless options to fall short of his expectations, VonWong started using the CamRanger, a compact, nonproprietary wireless camera controller. The device works with iPads, smartphones, and computers. In addition to allowing for tethering, the CamRanger can also be used to control the shutter and camera settings through a tablet, phone, or computer.


To get your images to open in Lightroom, take an image with the CamRanger connected. This places the image into a folder on your computer’s desktop (or other specified location). The folder can be imported to Lightroom automatically. Simply go into Lightroom’s import settings and enable Auto Import from the desktop folder. You can also set up Lightroom to apply presets upon import, so you can show your images to your clients immediately.


It’s nice to know that there are wireless options for tethering to Lightroom. Let your clients see their photos right away in the studio or on-location without worrying about cords getting in the way.

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3 responses to “How to Tether to Lightroom Wirelessly”

  1. Will it work on videos too?

  2. Steve says:

    Wow, $302…such an inexpensive option.

  3. Bogdan says:

    The “wireless” option is actually just as wired. The cable from the CamRanger goes into the USB port of the camera and you cannot close the rubber sealing. Also it makes a mess if you do not shoot on a tripod. You cannot fix it to your camera, you need to keep it in your pocket and then fuss with the cable.
    The wi-fi SD cards seem such a better option, I just hope they gain functionality as time passes.

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