Capture One for iPad, in addition to allowing wireless tethering, allows you to connect your camera directly and transfer images as you shoot.
See which cameras are supported and follow the steps below to successfully tether your camera to Capture One for iPad.
You can connect your camera to your iPad using the following methods:
- Lightning via Apple's Camera Adapter
- Ethernet via USB-C adapter
If you are using an iPad with a native USB-C port, then don't consider anything else other than a USB-C cable that connects to your camera. Anything else will slow down transfer speeds, and require you to carry adapters in your bag.
Older iPads, or iPads that don't have a USB-C port, will require you to use the Apple adapter which allows you to go from USB to lightning, and is designed specifically to read information coming in from a camera.
Connecting your camera
1. Ensure that your camera firmware and Capture One for iPad is up to date by checking the manual for your camera, and the App Store respectively.
2. Find the cable that came with your camera, or obtain a USB-C (male) cable that allows you to connect directly to your camera
3. Setup your camera for USB tethering by referring to your camera's manual and also check out our guides on USB tethering:
Tethering with a supported camera
Basic tethering setup
4. Connect the USB cable at the camera end first
5. Open Capture One for iPad and ensure it is ready for an incoming camera connection (disconnect other devices, close other applications etc.)
6. Connect the USB cable to the iPad and select OK when prompted:
7. Your camera should then appear under the Cameras heading in Capture One for iPad:
8. Make a capture on your camera, or in Capture One, by tapping the shutter release button:
9. Every image that is captured, will be stored in All Captures
10. Any Album can be assigned as a Capture Album by tapping the three dots next to the album name, once it has been created:
Any captures made from now on, will be shown in both All Captures and the assigned Capture Album – only one copy of the image will exist on your iPad locally, it is simply displayed in multiple locations, similar to Albums and Smart Albums in Capture One Pro.
11. You can disconnect and reconnect your camera at any time by tapping the three dots next to the camera name:
12. If you find your images are looking somewhat different to how you see in camera, it's recommended that you switch off Next Capture Adjustments – tap the icon shown below to toggle this behavior on/off
This will ensure that your images are coming into the iPad unedited, just as they would when stored to a storage device in the camera. However, this feature is handy if you have specific adjustments that you would like to be applied from one image to the next.