While tethering my Nikon D7500 to my laptop using Windows 10 Adobe LightRoom I noticed I can't see the focus point like I can while in my camera's LiveView.

I often move the focus point on my Nikon D7500 while in LiveView for the following reasons:

  • To zoom in using the plus button on the camera back side to see if something like a person's eye is in focus.
  • To allow for spot metering to use the location of the focus point as the point for metering.

Is there a way to see where the focus point is while using Adobe LightRoom and if so can I move it for the 2 reasons I described above?

  • To show focal points I know only one plugin: lightroomfocuspointsplugin.com . But I have my doubts will work in tethering mode, not talking about move them. Sep 17, 2021 at 7:33
  • If you zoom in to the eye, why not focus manually while there? In constant light, why not lock exposure by using P or M mode? Live view makes getting the pictures you want easier. Sep 20, 2021 at 2:35

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You need software that can use the live view feed for tethered shooting in order to see/control the focus points/focus. The latest versions of Lightroom Classic (10.3+) only supports a very limited number of Nikon cameras for this.

You can use open source software with that capability such as digiCam control instead, or purchase a plugin for Lightroom Classic such as Smart Shooter 4.

  • I did not found in Smart Shooter any mention of focal point, the only helpful view was zoom... Sep 19, 2021 at 17:19

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