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I just bought a Nikon D7000. When shooting I would like to be able to see my picture on my laptop as soon as I shoot it when I am shooting portraits. What do I need to accomplish this? How do I connect my camera to the laptop and what software do I need. I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop with Windows 7.

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Duplicate of Is it possible to shoot tethered with a preview on the screen? and this –  Itai Dec 29 '12 at 16:53
    
Adobe Lightroom offers all you will need, and far more :-) –  Darkcat Studios Dec 29 '12 at 17:17
    
This question seems to be asking for instant review, not preview or direct continuation into post processing. Perhaps Eye-Fi with some software would work here? –  Imre Dec 30 '12 at 15:32
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The phrase you want to google for is "tethering" It can be wired or wireless.

The cheapest solution is wired, you just plug in a USB cable (if your camera has a USB port, all Canon's do, so I assume Nikons do as well) between the camera and your laptop.

Check the CD that came with your camera, there is probably a tethering utility on it. I know there is on the Canon version.

And as @darkcat said, Adobe Lightroom and other programs can do it.

Note: I've found that while Lightroom 4 works with my 50D, it has some buffering problems when talking to my MacBook Pro with 8GB of ram. After 5 or so shots, it becomes slow and this makes taking shots sluggish. With the Canon bundled program, I can keep shooting as fast as my finger works. I've never heard a good technical explanation as to why Lightroom is so slow.

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Nikon, unfortunately, does not include software for tethering. Camera Control Pro 2 is an extra-cost option. –  user2719 Dec 29 '12 at 22:32
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As Pat Farrell said, you can use Adobe Lightroom 4 for tethered shooting.

You can also use the Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 which will let you to control the camera remotely.

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There are also solutions involving the new eyefi SD cards if your camera supports it. I was slightly amazed when someone was able to do it with their tablet because that seems far more practical for someone that's on the move.

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