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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
Skill Level Intermediate
I think I have had enough of being indoors talking about gear. I'm going to go hiking. The deer are out. It's a beautiful day, and I have got my camera with me, and I have got this cool new Komperdell trekking pole, which doubles as a monopod. So I'm ready to go here. This all gets easier the more you do it. The more different kinds of trips you take, the more you know exactly what kind of gear you like to have and can use, not just in terms of bags and polls and tripods and things like that, but how you are going to use your camera: lens choice as well as storage.
For example, on a day like today, I have just a couple of hours of hiking. I know that I am not going to take more than 100 or so frames, so I don't need to take a massive storage. Those same bits of experience have informed my longer trips as well. I know how much I tend to shoot over a couple of weeks and so it makes things a little bit easier than it may have seemed in some of our descriptions here. One last piece of the advice: when you go somewhere, don't forget at some point to actually leave your camera behind, put it in your room for a couple of days, and get out without your camera. Some people say, well, but the perfect shot will come up.
You know the perfect shot will come again. A camera can be a barrier sometimes, as much as it can be something that illuminates. So take some time without your equipment. You might see the world in a very different way and that might inform your shots when you get back to shooting. Wherever you are going, pack your bag and have a good trip.
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