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Wednesday, June 8, 2011


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Packing for a trip is fraught with a mix of excitement, anxiety and, to some degree, paranoia. Much of the work that I'll be doing on a upcoming archaeology assignment involves shooting without touching the camera. Essentially, I'll be using OnOne Software's DSLR Camera Remote on my iPad paired with Nikon's Camera Control Pro to fire the camera wirelessly so it then captures imagery and routes it directly to the computer. It's a critical component to shooting a data set of over 50 images of an artifact as any camera movement will compromise the post-production steps.

If you get out there in the field and the images don't transfer or there is a glitch in the system or a critical piece of gear is back in the office, it can make or break the success of the project. It's the Eagle Scout in me that makes multiple lists and starts assembling gear several days in advance of takeoff. If it's not there when I land, it's time to improvise.

Travis Doering, the team leader for the upcoming project, shared one such improvisation with me for protecting hard drives when working in the field. He uses neoprene beer coozies to wrap up any hard drives to keep them comfy during travel days and also out in the field. The great thing about them is that they are multi-purpose. A great idea worth sharing.

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