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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When you're ready to hit the trail of course the first thing you've got to do is pack your …shooting bag, and again you've got to decide what kind of shooting you think you want to do. …I decided to outfit with my walk-around lens because it's very reversible, my wide-angle …and my fisheye, because it's taken the bulk of the day to get here to the camp site. …I don't think I am going to go that far, and this river near here looks really nice and …it's still got some dappled light on it. …So I am just going to stay around the river, and that's about being in a space that's enclosed …with a lot of trees. …So I think I am probably mostly going to want wide-angle stuff. …So I'm throwing that in the bag.…
I've taken some food, flashlight just because you never know when you might end up staying out after dark. …I've got a knife, which can come in handy for cutting branches out of the way and that kind of thing. …And I got my wireless remote control, because I am thinking some self-portraits might be …
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