On this video Colin Smith from PhotoshopCAFE shows how to tether (connect directly) your camera to Lightroom. This is a simple process and it allows you to view your images almost as soon as you take them on the computer screen (very easy to work with – especially for studio work).
Although Lightroom is nice – its tethering options are extremely basic (shoot with the camera and see the image on the computer + some basic info from the camera such as shutter speed, ISO, WB etc.). Another problem with Lightroom is that not all cameras are supported – this is even true for some very popular models such as the D7100 which is simply not recognized (at least not on the older Lightroom 4.4).
If you want more tethering options we suggest you try the free software called digiCamControl – which has many more advanced features including live view on the computer and the ability to control the camera and shoot from the computer (as well as support for many new models including the D7100). Its not perfect but its better than a lot of other paid solutions.