Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video What kind of computer is appropriate?, part of Shooting on the Road, from Gear to Workflow.
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In addition to all of your camera gear, you may want to take a computer of some kind, …and these days you've got a lot of options. …The tricky thing about the whole computer question, though, is that you use the computer …for more than just your kind of digital darkroom things. …When you're traveling, you might also want a device that lets you send email or browse …the web. It can be a really valuable resource for trip planning on the road and that sort of thing. …So, what you should take in the way of computer is a little bit of a tricky question, because …you've got to think of all the things that you might want to use it for, not just your photography applications.…
So of course the first thing you could do is take a laptop computer of some kind. …This is certainly the most versatile option. …It gives you a lot of storage for offloading images. …It lets you run possibly the image editing software that you're used to using all the time anyway. …So for example, I can run a full version of Photoshop on this computer and have all the …
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