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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.
So I'm moving on to the next stage of my trip here. I've left the resort and I'm heading off to go camping now. A lot of things have happened in moving out of the resort. I'm shifting into a different kind of gear because this is a very different kind of trip. Obviously I don't need--well, it's not practical to carry all of the gear that I took with me to the resort, so I've pared down. I've change to some different ways of carrying stuff. That left me with a lot of stuff left over. I didn't bring my flashes and a bunch of other stuff. So I actually left that at the resort. It's often very easy to leave bags in the baggage room at a hotel or at a resort or at a motel.
A lot of places will let you do that for free. A lot of times you got to pay a very small fee to be able to do that. And I've never had any problems with stuff disappearing. So I've left bunch of gear back at the hotel. I'll pick that up later. And I've shifted into my car-camping configuration here. This is the same configuration that you could use. It's actually the same configuration that I have used when traveling through Europe, trying to travel light, going from hostel to hostel or hotel to hotel. So it's a good middleweight scenario. It's not gear that I'd want to carry all the time with me, but it's light enough that it's easy to get from hotel to hotel or hotel to an airport.
It's easy enough to get on and off of buses and trains and things like that. And in this case it's good for car camping. Now of course, the other advantage that I have with car camping is the car can provide not only a way to carry a little more gear that I'd want to carry on my back all the time, but it gives me some power options: I can charge my camera batteries, my phone and my iPad all off of the car here. As I mentioned, that I've ditched the computer and switched an iPad, so I'm heading into a much lower level of post-production, but that's okay. That's going to give me the chance to really focus on shooting and hopefully give me a chance to focus on relaxing.
This is supposed to be a vacation and I've been spending all this time trying to finish up a little bit of work, doing a lot of post-processing. So I think I'm going to shift into a slower gear here. I found what I think is a nice spot here. It's a really pretty location. I've got a river down here, a lot of nice trees hanging over. I think there is some shooting potential down there. It's also just a nice place to camp. I was worried that maybe it would be real crowded because it's getting close to the weekend here, but it's surprisingly empty, so I'm happy about this. I think this is going to be a nice place to stay for a couple of days.
I'm ready to get started setting up my camp. The light is still a little flat, so I don't really feel like doing that much shooting right now, and I hate setting up my tent in the dark. So I'm going to go ahead and get camp set up. And then I'll be able to go out shooting when the light gets good. As you know, I flew here and I rented this car. When you're camping by airplane it gets a little complicated because you can't bring camping fuel with you. And you might have trouble packing all of your gear, so I actually didn't all of my normal camping gear. I brought my backpack and my tent and my sleeping bag and my sleeping pad, but I found a place ahead of time to rent some camping gear.
So I was able to rent a stove and some of the other things that I need. That saved me from having to bring that stuff. If you're going somewhere where you can't rent gear, a lot of times what I'll do is make sure ahead of time that there's place that I can buy fuel for my stove, and then I'll go ahead and just check that with the rest of my baggage on the airplane and pick up fuel when I get there. Rental is also a great thing to do for camera gear. Like I mentioned earlier, I'm normally not a big telephoto lens shooter. I don't have really fast, really long lenses, and they're pretty expensive to buy, so I don't really want to invest in one for the two or three times out if the year when I want to use one.
So lens rental is a great way to go. I can rent some lenses to kind of buttress my collection for a trip like this or if I'm curious about something, if I want to try a different kind of lens, maybe a tilt-shift lens or some specialty lens or a really fast version of a lens that I already have, lens rental is a great way to go. Don't worry if there's no place where you live to rent camera gear; online rental is a great way to go. It's very affordable. It's a really efficient way of renting lenses. You can keep them for a good amount of time without having to pay a fortune. So don't forget about lens rental and trying out some new things when you go.
So I want to start getting set up. It's little bit cooler than I was expecting, so I'll be glad to get moving around and get out in the sun where I can do some shooting. So I'm going to try and get my camp set up so that I can get out on the trail soon.
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