Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Using tripods and other stabilizers, part of Shooting on the Road, from Gear to Workflow.
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Earlier I mentioned image stabilization. …This is a technology that can be built into some lenses, and it can help even out or completely …eliminate hand-held camera shake. …Image stabilization is great. …If you're a Nikon shooter, of course I'm talking about vibration reduction. …If you're Sony shooter, I'm talking of course about the fact that your image sensor is stabilized. …A lot of Olympus cameras work that way. …What's great about these technologies is in lower light I don't have to worry as much …about camera shake or hand-held shake as I do with a non-stabilized lens.…
Nevertheless, these technologies are no substitute for actual stabilization hardware, …something that I can mount my camera on and get it held down really tight while I'm doing …long exposures or other low- light-type shooting scenarios. …Now carrying a tripod is not essential, and in some cases it might be a complete waste of time. …If you know you're going to be shooting in bright daylight all the time, then there's …
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