My camera is a Nikon D810. I have the Adobe Creative Cloud suite and haven't updated it for a while, but my Lightroom version is 5.

My camera came with a cable, one side was a HDMI I think that I connected to port of the camera and the other side was a USB cable that I connected to the laptop and opened Lightroom, and was able to take pictures with the viewfinder of the camera and they showed up but I can not get LiveView of the camera to turn on and use that instead of viewfinder.

I want LiveView so I can zoom in on my focus point and exactly see if I am tack sharp or not.


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Lightroom don't support tethering with live view for Nikon cameras. If you want to use tethering with live view you need a another application like Camera Control Pro, ControlMyNikon or a freeware digiCamControl or any similar application.

You can use external application with lightroom with no problem if you activate the Auto Import feature

  • \$\begingroup\$ Do you have a source for that information? I was unable to find one via Adobe so I wonder if you did. I found it odd that the compatibility KB from Adobe states the "notes" for Nikon cameras but does not list anything about live view: helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/tethered-camera-support.html \$\endgroup\$
    – dpollitt
    Sep 9, 2015 at 0:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ digiCamControl is amazing!! Loved it for Nikon D810. Would loved it more if there were a Mac version too. \$\endgroup\$
    – Javed
    Sep 10, 2017 at 15:55

Do you have Lightroom Version 5.0?

If so you need to upgrade to at least 5.7.

This website lists the minimum version required for the D810: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/tethered-camera-support.html

I'm not sure if possibly your issue is that you have a version older than 5.7 and that is causing live view to not work. It is possible that live view is not a feature of the Nikon SDK.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks, looks like it is 5.7.1 but I will update it, Credit card I had registered Adobe CC was expired and didn't bother updating it until now. \$\endgroup\$
    – Brandon
    Sep 3, 2015 at 3:35

you can see live view with the Nikon camera control Pro 2 is Nikon software support all the Nikon cameras and you can set all the camera stting from your computer is more setting and control for your camera but i am using it only for live setting and viewing because Lightroom they dont have this features


Sofortbild (free Mac software) works for me. The Nikon D810 is in the supported camera list:

FX (full frame) format models
Nikon D3, D3S, D3x
Nikon D4, D4S
Nikon D5
Nikon D300, D300S
Nikon D600, D610
Nikon D700, D750
Nikon D800, D800E
Nikon D810, D810A
Nikon Df

I switch between Lightroom and Sofortbild if I need liveview during tethered shooting.


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