Tether Tools Smart Shooter 5 lets you control up to 10 cameras simultaneously
Tether Tools has announced the newest version of its Smart Shooter tethered shooting software. Smart Shooter 5 comes with a bunch of new features, including the ability to shoot up to 10 cameras simultaneously and stream live view from four of them at once. It offers a new SmartSave camera to cloud feature and also lets you shoot into an existing Lightroom catalogue.
You get customisable interfaces through the My Workspaces feature. A built-in bulk QR/Barcode generator is available for those doing bulk shooting, such as product or school photography, letting you quickly and easily access any image from the session. You also get live view overlay modes to provide you with on-screen guides to line up your shots and it’s now compatible with Fujifilm cameras.
The new features list in Smart Shooter 5 is relatively short, but each of those features offers big advantages for tethered shooting workflows. First, the biggest invisible change is that Smart Shooter adds Fujifilm camera support. This adds to the software’s existing compatibility for Nikon, Canon and Sony cameras. And now it lets you view the live feed of up to four cameras at the same time and you also get support for shooting up to 10 cameras simultaneously – ideal for when you want to photograph a range of products from the same set of multiple angles.
My Workspaces is a new customisable interface system. It allows you to personalise your layout to provide a workflow tailored to your needs. It allows you to dock windows and lets you easily view your four live view camera streams on screen at once. It also supports dual monitors, allowing you to spread things out for a better overall view.
The new SmartSave camera to cloud feature lets you shoot to your camera’s memory card, your computer and the cloud simultaneously, ensuring you have several backups of your images. Its organisational features allow you to name and group your files for easy access.
For school, events, product and other photographers who shoot a lot of images that need to be sifted and sorted for easy recall, Smart Shooter 5 now offers a bulk barcode/QR code workflow. The integration allows you to capture QR codes and barcodes captured in the images through the lens as well as allowing you to generate the codes in the first place. Audible notifications let you know when a QR code or barcode has been scanned, and data is immediately appended into the file’s name or metadata.
Also for product shooters, or those shooting things like stop motion animation, the live view features an overlay mode. This allows you to make sure all of your images are lined up, or if you’re moving things from one shot to the next, how much you’ve moved them. For product photographers, it ensures that all of your images are as identical as possible in composition. For stop motion shooters, it helps to ensure smooth, fluid motion in the final footage.
Other features include aperture bracketing, bulb timelapse, delayed triggers, focus stacking, HDR, HDR timelapse, ISO bracketing, timelapse and more.
Price and Availability
Tether Tools Smart Shooter 5 is available to buy now for $99 for a single-camera license. Additional camera support is available at a cost of $99 per camera to a maximum of nine additional cameras (10 total).
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.