Add "JPEG ONLY" feature to Tethering RAW & JPEG in Lightroom

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This would really speed things up greatly with tethered shooting.  Sometimes all we need is a bigger image for clients to approve a model's pose or expression, not a full-sized RAW image.  It would be nice if this was a LR option rather than a 3rd party option. 
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Hey Chris, great idea!
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I am about to start school pictures for my grandkids and I was going to shoot tethered to LR; but, I shoot RAW only. Is it too slow sending RAW to the laptop? Or is this only a problem when you shoot too fast?
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I shoot Raw + JPEG. I suspect part of the speed is dependent upon your camera and laptop, but in general, it's not terribly speedy if you need to review each and every photo, but it's not molasses, either. Unless you're  in the kind of hurry that pros with a live model shoot have to be in, in part to keep the models engaged and responsive— (my models aren't typically living<G>)

You're probably fine with shooting grandkids. It's certainly worth a try. You can always stop the tethering in a second and shoot without it.
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Great. I'm going to set up the shoot and try out the tethering
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This is clever.   Let the RAW remain in the camera on the card.   Give us the option of just sending the JPEG.   Might require coordination with camera software developers (Nikon etc), and a firmware update.    Question:  would this actually speed up tethering?  Is size of file a factor?  I suppose it is but not sure.
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I believe it would speed up the tethering because of the smaller size of the JPEG.  The RAWS take pretty and sometimes Lightroom freezes up if I shoot too many consecutive images quickly.
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eartho

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Couldn't you just set up a filter to show only the jpgs? Or use Bridge to do the same?
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I wish LR had a filter to do this.  I'm hoping enough people would benefit from this topic and Lightroom will create the filter.  As of now, it doesn't exist.  I'm not too familiar with Bridge either, but it would be great if LR added it.
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It's pretty simple to do in LR... just set up a Smart Collection to collect only .jpg, or you can create a Library Filter to show only .jpg too...

Bridge is also very easy to use and is much faster than waiting for LR to import all your raws during a tether session. 
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I'll give this a try tomorrow.  Thank you!
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@Eartho: > Bridge is also very easy to use and is much faster than waiting for LR to import all your raws during a tether session. >

I've not tried it since Bridge always seems to be the slowest turtle on the block. Hard to think about switching to Bridge, waiting for the Smart Collection response and Bridge to cache so I can preview at a large size. Probably worth a try. I just wouldn't hold my breath over Bridge turning out to be the speed demon in any competition.<G> But if you've tried it and you say so. . .
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With the Bridge workflow, i was suggesting to filter out the raws so that only the jpg were visible. That way, you wouldn't need to wait for the raws to render or the jpgs to import. 

If only, after all these years, the LR team would do the right thing and offer an embedded jpg view for fast editing. I suggested this years and years ago in prerelease and they added the embedded/sidecar option to preview generation, but it was never implemented correctly.
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> i was suggesting to filter out the raws so that only the jpg were visible. That way, you wouldn't need to wait for the raws to render or the jpgs to import. >

I got that clever bit. I'm just mindful of Bridge and Smart Collections always being so danged slow, but maybe not slower than LR. Could be my attitude towards Bridge developed over the years is nothing could possibly be slower.<G>

I'd also like the LR team to allow us to preview just the JPEG. I'll vote for that.
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If you shoot Canon, their EOS Utility does this, or at least it did up until version 2, 3 removed it for some reason. It's clunky as hell, but all I use it for is to see a larger preview and sometimes trigger remotely. 

Having the feature in LR would be preferable for sure.