Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Powering your gear, part of Shooting on the Road, from Gear to Workflow.
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I want to talk to you about how you can get more power for your gear when you're traveling …because it's an issue; when your batteries die, you need a way to recharge them. …So there are a lot of options depending on what kind of trip you're going to be on and …what kind of access you're going to have to outlets to plug stuff into. …One of your big concerns of course is keeping your camera charged. …Now one of the great things about SLR batteries these days is they last forever. …Even a lot of point-and-shoot batteries will last a long time. …Nevertheless, if you're going to be gone more than a few days, you probably need …to think about what's going to happen when your battery dies.…
Now you can carry multiple batteries, charge them up at home, and that's often a very good solution …if you're wanting to keep weight down and you're not going to be gone for too long. …Remember though that batteries do wear out. …They lose both their shelf life and their--the duration of their charge. …So if you're really going to go for a long time, you might want to spring for some new, …
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