Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting strategies, part of Shooting on the Road, from Gear to Workflow.
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Just because I brought this comprehensive set of gear doesn't mean I want to carry a …comprehensive set of gear; in fact, that was never my intention. …My idea when I brought this huge assortment of stuff was that I would build dedicated …little packages of stuff for different shooting tasks and I would have different bags and …whatnot for getting the gear into those different tasks. …So, when I am setting out for the day, what I need to do is to decide what gear I want to take. …Now, you may think, well, I'm going to want my wide angle because I like really wide-angle …shots, but I'm going to take my telephoto because what if I see something far away? …And that's not a good way to go.…
It's a better idea to pick a type of shooting that you would like to do that day and just focus on it. …So, the other day, first, I decided I was ready to get out of town. …I was going to go do some landscapy-type stuff just in some of the parks and preserves nearby. …So, I put together a kit that was set for that. …
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