Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Lessons learned from the field, part of Shooting on the Road, from Gear to Workflow.
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I made it back from the wild, and now it's time for me to go home. …I packed my bags. …I'm just waiting for the cab to arrive to take me back to the airport. …As I'm sitting here, I'm thinking about what worked and what didn't. …It's not a bad idea after a trip to assess your strategy, figure out what you might do …different next time. And for the most part I think I got it. …There are some things, though that I think I'd change. …In the heavyweight scenario, I brought too much stuff. …Now, that doesn't matter once I get here, since I was just dropping the stuff down and leaving …it and I have plenty of room, but it does make the bags heavier.…
I overestimated how much time I was going to have to spend practicing and experimenting with this thing or that thing. …I didn't do as much flash stuff as I thought I was going to do. …I brought three flashes and a full wireless remote setup. …I could have left the remotes behind and probably just brought one flash. …That's all I ended up using, maybe two. But that actually would have significant lightened …
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