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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.
I decided I need a vacation. I've been working really hard lately and I thought I really want to just go somewhere where I can relax. So I decided I find a nice little kind of resort area somewhere and I just go hang out there for a few days, and I've ended up here and it's a really nice spot. I really like this place. And as you can tell, I brought a lot of stuff. And you may be thinking, wow, can't you travel a little lighter than that? And I could if I was simply going to come here, but here's what I'm thinking. I thought I'll come here. I've got this nice little villa to stay in, and it's got a lot of storage and it's got power outlets.
I can really take a lot of photo gear. So, I brought lenses for days and flashes and flash diffusers and all sorts of other stuff, and I figure I can sit here for a few days and just really indulge a lot of different kinds of shooting that I want to do. I can wander the towns nearby. I can go out at night and do some night shooting and really just indulge nothing but photography for a while. The thing is, I'm not that great at vacationing. I know I'm going to get bored if I stay here for too long, so I thought, there are some other things that I'd like to get out and do also.
I'm going to do some camping. I'm going to do some car camping. I am going to rent a car later and head up into the mountains, and so that's going to be a different set of gear. I'm still going to--I am going to have a car trunk so I can carry a lot of stuff and I'm also going to have a cigarette lighter in the car, so I can power a bunch of stuff, so that will be good. But that's a little bit different than the full assortment of stuff that I brought with me. Thing is, once I start thinking about car camping then I think, well, but don't I really want to get really out in the backcountry and go backpacking? So I brought a backpack also, so I'm going to do some of that and that's an even more refined set of gear. So I had to bring all these different bags and all these different ways of carrying all of this different gear, because I've got these three different shooting things.
So that makes for a lot of stuff. Now this is a pretty unusual trip. I'm managing to take a whole lot of time off and so that's great. I can do these three different things and pack for each of them, and you'll see how I've done that. Now you may be thinking, I don't camp and I don't backpack so what good is this going to do me? The thing is, these scenarios that I'm going to outline for you are not necessarily specific to particular situations. There are specific to specific amounts of stuff that you can carry. So for example, here in this area where I've got lots of storage and lots of power, I've got the ability to bring lots of stuff.
This is going to be a real heavyweight scenario that you can use for certain types of trips. When I go car camping, I'm going to be scaling it down a little bit. When I go backpacking I'm going to be scaling it down even more. So I think you'll find that some of these scenarios will fit lots of different things. If you are, for example, a weekend business traveler, then you might find that the ultra-light scenario that I'm going to use on backpacking is really going to help you out in those situations. If you are going on a cross-country trip with your family then you might find that the kind of middleweight scenario we're going to outline is going to be good for that. So don't get too hung up on the specific situations I'm describing here.
I think you'll find that the methodology I'm going through for gear selection and the way that I'm basing it around weight is going to help you apply what I'm going to show you to lots of different situations. So I need to get all this stuff unpacked and find out what all I've forgotten, because I'm sure there is something. But I really don't feel like doing that right now. I'm going to go find something to eat and just sit down and wait for the jetlag to hit me.
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