Tethered Shooting Sony A7/A6000 With Lightroom and Remote Camera Control

It seems that the new Sony’s mirrorless line A7/A7r/A7s or A6000 is not on the official list of cameras that can be tethered to Lightroom. In order to tether Sony A7/A6000 to Lightroom, either you buy a plugin from DNASoftware, which costs about $30, or you can make a detour using Sony’s free Remote Camera Control as follows:

tethered shooting a7 lightroomPreparation:

Sony A7/A6000, USB cable, RemoteCameraControl (choose the right copy for your OS here) and Adobe Lightroom (I’ve tested with Lightroom 5.7 only, but I think it should also work with other versions).

Camera setting:

Tethered shooting a7 lightroom

Set camera’s USB Connection to PC Remote mode (otherwise RemoteCameraControl will not recognize your camera).

Lightroom setting:

Tethered Shooting A7 Lightroom

Goto menu File -> Auto Import -> Auto Import Settings…

Tethered Shooting A7 Lightroom

Set location for Watched Folder, it is where your photos will be copied from camera to computer. You can also set other settings like Destination folder, File Naming,…

Then remember to check the box Enable Auto Import.

Remote Camera Control setting:

RCC is a really nice software from Sony. You can control all the necessary settings of your camera without having to touch it, from basic things such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, etc. to something more interesting like intervalometer. One disadvantage of this tool is that it does not have live view, it means that you still need camera’s live view or EVF to position your subject -_-

Tethered Shooting A7 Lightroom

Come back to our story. In order to make the magic happen, the destination folder for your captured photos have to be the same as the Watched Folder, which you have set in Lightroom.

… and now:

Tethered Shooting A7 Lightroom

1,2,3, cliiick! Your photos will be saved into Watched Folder and then automatically appear in Lightroom. But be patient, it will take some time, this is the downside of this method IMO.

Thanks for viewing and have fun 😉

[10.04.2015: I tested this method and didn’t get any problem with both Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 and Windows 8.1 64bit, Lightroom 5.7 on Mac and Windows, RCC 3.4 on Mac and RCC 3.3 on Windows]

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