Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Settling into the location, part of Shooting on the Road, from Gear to Workflow.
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I decided I need a vacation. …I've been working really hard lately and I thought I really want to just go somewhere …where I can relax. …So I decided I find a nice little kind of resort area somewhere and I just go hang out …there for a few days, and I've ended up here and it's a really nice spot. …I really like this place. …And as you can tell, I brought a lot of stuff. And you may be thinking, wow, can't you travel …a little lighter than that? And I could if I was simply going to come here, but here's …what I'm thinking. I thought I'll come here. …I've got this nice little villa to stay in, and it's got a lot of storage and it's got power outlets.…
I can really take a lot of photo gear. …So, I brought lenses for days and flashes and flash diffusers and all sorts of other …stuff, and I figure I can sit here for a few days and just really indulge a lot of different …kinds of shooting that I want to do. …I can wander the towns nearby. …I can go out at night and do some night shooting and really just indulge nothing but photography for a while. …
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