Tethering to a laptop or computer causing you headaches?

Tethering to a laptop or computer causing you headaches?

Did this happen to you for the first time or more than once?

You had setup your camera for tethered shooting to your computer or laptop, the model arrived and all are going well from the first chat to the first or so images taken….. You want to show the model the image directly after the shot how it looks on the big screen ,but then the nightmare struck you…NOTHING ON THE SCREEN !!! Oh NO where are they !!!??

Have you ever struggle to keep the USB cable connected to the camera when you do a tethering shoot to the computer? I saw some gadgets on the Internet and do not have the time to order it or the costs to get it to you takes more bank charges than the item price…

So I decided to make one myself and will share it with you….

First the tools and equipment you need is the following:

1. 2x small cable ties

2. Small ring

3. Small Carabiener

4. Small side scutter

5. USB cable with a mini demagnetiser attached to the small part of mini USB.


1. Attach the mini USB to the camera and and work loosen the mini demagnetiser about 180 mm from the end and clip it it place.

2. Take the small cable tie and put it through the Carabiener and attach it behind the demagnetiser, meaning further from the camera side’s USB. Make it very tight and clip it with the side cutter, but not to close to the end as it can slip off if there is not enough length with tension.

3. Take the remaining cable tie and put it through the camera strap attachment at the camera end with the small ring attached. Cut the cable as in step 2.

4. Remove the small screw from the ring with the side cutter

5. Attach the Carabiener to the small ring and you will the USB cable will have a type of extra loop.

Don’t worry about it as it is there to prevent pulling the cable from the camera Job done and you can shoot safely without the USB come from the camera…

Use of Small RIng only USB Cable with Anti-magnitiser Side Cutter Set of tools required Note the place of Cable tie IMG_2893
Fixed and Cable Tie cut

    FIxed with Cable Tie

Take note, I used it on my NIkon D700, but the principles are the same for any other camera..


Why DIY in Photography

WHY DIY in Photography?

Some people asked me a while ago why do I spend so much money on photography bits and bobs?

I think my answer shocked them when I said” I do not buy all of it by DIY mostly…”

Reason for the DIY is that it is cheaper and when you do a proper job, WHO will know it was done by DIY?

In my film days in South Africa, I made different types of filters to create different type of effects on my landscape images….I could not see why I should pay so much money for a Lee or Cokin filter if I could make it myself….

A friend who was very good at art and painting, made some stunning glassed paintings and I thought it would be nice to try…

I went to the local glass repair shop and bought the exact size of squared glass for the filters… My friend painted a few lines and and I done a lot of research in photography books what aperture and film speed to use… Yes, those days I didn’t know about Internet, the local bookshop was my only resource and when a new book or magazine like Practical Photography came out, we been THREE months late on an Issue from the UK then, I went and bought it. Browse through it to see what is new and what other photographers added to the gallery…

I never stole their ideas, just try to improve their style in my way so I can apply it in cheaper way….

Bought some Fuji Reala 200 ISO Din film and tested the filters we made in different scenarios of weather, sunny, cloudy and also and low light sunsets…

Some where not so good, blurry , not because of out of focus, but the thickness of the glass paint applied….The blending of the colours where  applied were not always great because the paint did not have a fading effect like the real ones….

The next DIY I will write about is a needy connection for Tethering shooting.. stay tuned….