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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.
There are a few different ways you can use this course. In these first few chapters you've going to see me at home before I go on a trip, trying to spec out the gear that I want for a particular shooting situation. You going to get to see me go into detail about different kinds of the battery chargers, lens selection, different kind of bags, different storage options, and you're going to see my thought process. If you're the type of person who likes to understand how to make decisions amongst lots of different variables, then those chapters will probably be very helpful to you.
If you're the type a person who just wants a recipe for a particular problem, then you might want to jump ahead to the scenario chapters wherein I show you three different setups for three different scenarios: a heavyweight scenario where you've got the luxury of being able to carry lots of stuff and power lots of stuff and have a place to store a lots of stuff; a middleweight scenario where you've still got a little bit luxury in terms of power and storage and carrying things, but you want to keep the weight down; and an ultra-light scenario where keeping weight down is of paramount importance and you've got to run with a really stripped-down set of gear.
Now in those chapters we are showing you specific situations. For example, I go camping with the middleweight scenario. But the gear that I'm showing you works equally as well for any time when you're willing to carry that same amount of weight. Maybe you're taking a train across Asia. So even though I'm showing you specific scenarios, the type of the gear that I've chosen is appropriate to lots of different situations and we talk about those in those chapters. Finally, of course, you can watch things all the way through and see my thought process, how I choose to pick different pieces of equipment, how the final kit works in the field, and what it all looks like.
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