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Consulting manuals in the field


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Shooting on the Road, from Gear to Workflow

with Ben Long

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So I am carrying this camera that I bought just before left so I don't have a lot of experience with it. I have got a solar charger that I used once or twice a year when I am out backpacking. I have got a geologger that's got an interface that's just arcane. So a lot of times I get really confused with these devices and so that might make you think, why am I taking advice from this guy? But really, these were the best choices gear-wise. It's just it's a lot of stuff to remember. So if you find yourself in that situation a lot, I really recommend going to the web site of the vendor of whatever piece of gear you are talking about and seeing if up you can find a PDF manual for that piece of gear.

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Shooting on the Road, from Gear to Workflow
3h 8m Intermediate Jun 29, 2012

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Shooting on the road, whether it's on vacation or on assignment, introduces a variety of considerations for photographers of all levels. How do you store the shots, back them up, edit and enhance images in the field, and then merge those images with your master library at home? In this course, Ben Long addresses these topics and more from the perspective of several field-shooting scenarios, including city vacationing and backcountry hiking.

The course takes a look at the hardware and software issues behind field shooting: assessing storage and backup needs, evaluating GPS geotagging options, surveying power and charging issues, and more. After discussing each of the components, Ben shows how they fit together in different field setups, ranging from an extravagant laptop-based system to a no-computer setup that backs up photos to a compact digital wallet device. The course also spotlights some workflow strategies to consider when you get home, from transferring photos to merging them with a larger photo library.

Topics include:
  • Selecting the right gear, from cameras to bags
  • Bringing the right battery and storage equipment
  • Packing your camera bag
  • Getting to the destination with heavy equipment
  • Unpacking and setting up the gear
  • Geotagging photos on location
  • Downloading manuals for convenient access in the field
  • Wrapping up a shoot
  • Unpacking and transferring images to an editing workstation
Subjects:
Photography Cameras + Gear Photo Management
Software:
Aperture Lightroom
Author:
Ben Long

Consulting manuals in the field

So I am carrying this camera that I bought just before left so I don't have a lot of experience with it. I have got a solar charger that I used once or twice a year when I am out backpacking. I have got a geologger that's got an interface that's just arcane. So a lot of times I get really confused with these devices and so that might make you think, why am I taking advice from this guy? But really, these were the best choices gear-wise. It's just it's a lot of stuff to remember. So if you find yourself in that situation a lot, I really recommend going to the web site of the vendor of whatever piece of gear you are talking about and seeing if up you can find a PDF manual for that piece of gear.

If you can, and you have a smartphone, you can get the PDF reader for your smartphone and just carry all your manuals around with you. I'm using an iPhone. There is a really good PDF reader that I like to called Good Reader. And I have it loaded up with manuals. So I've got here the manual for my geologger, a manual for my camera, a manual for my other camera, and a bunch of other things that I've been slowly loading in here over the years. I may not need them, but if I do, it's a lot lighter and easier than carrying paper. Already on this trip I have looked up instructions for my geotagging device.

I've looked up something about my new camera. It's been really, really handy. If you typically go the vendor web site--for example, if I go there canonusa. com, there is usually a section on drivers and downloads. That might include manuals, Support sometimes is the section. Sometimes it's just a section called Downloads. If you can't find it, do a search on the site and if that doesn't work, just do a Google search for your product name and manual, and you'll probably come up with something, and you transfer the PDF over and you are ready to go. So it can often get you out of a scrape if you're out in the middle of nowhere and really wanting to use a piece of gear that you can't figure out. Also it kind of just gives me a little bit of extra piece of mind that I don't need to really figure all the stuff out before I go. Tonight, in the tent, around the camp fire, or whatever, if I really been stuck on a piece of gear, I can actually dig through the manual, because, you know, that sounds like a fun relaxing vacation, doesn't it?

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