Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Reviewing shooting bags, part of Shooting on the Road, from Gear to Workflow.
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If all you typically carry is a single camera and a single lens, then you probably don't …need a shooting bag of any kind. …You might want something to put your camera in when you pack it into another bag, but …you don't actually need anything to facilitate shooting. …If you tend to carry multiple lenses though, or flashes or other accessories, then you'll …want a way to carry all of that extra gear along with your camera. …A good shooting bag is one that allows you to carry exactly what you need for a particular …shoot and that provides easy access to all the critical pieces of gear inside.…
As with any bag, your most important consideration is to figure out what all you need to carry. …I have a core set of lenses that I carry in most places: …my 24-105 and my 16-35. These cover the focal lengths that I use the most and they give …me a good mix of lengths and speeds without requiring me to carry huge pieces of glass. …Sometimes though, if I think I'll need more reach, I'll add a longer lens. Or if I think …
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