Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting there, part of Shooting on the Road, from Gear to Workflow.
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It seems kind of silly to talk about airline travel being tiring when I've just been sitting …all day, but I'm exhausted. It's tiring getting your stuff to the airport and dealing with …security and then sitting on the plane for hours and hours and hours. …But there are some things you can do to make it a little less stressful. …As photographers, of course, we have the extra stress of carrying all this expensive, fragile …photo gear, and we want to be sure it gets to where we're going and we want to be sure …it gets there in one piece, and that of course comes down to smart packing. …You want to carry on your expensive fragile photo gear and check your clothes and all …the other stuff that can withstand being tossed around a little bit.…
That said, I still pack a fair amount of photo gear in my checked baggage. …I'll put my tripod, flash diffusers, battery chargers, things like that that can really …stand a beating. …Those I will put in my checked baggage, and a lot of that stuff, it's not so expensive …
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.
- 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