Calling all Wedding and Event Photogs..

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  1. zendianah

    zendianah TPF Noob!

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    I haven't posted for awhile I have been busy. My question is when you shoot a wedding do you use anything to download your cards on site? Is there anything besides a laptop? I have enough equip and cannot carry one more thing unless its portable.

    Thank you in advance... :)
     
  2. K_Pugh

    K_Pugh No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    There's a lot of devices dedicated for his purpose, some with screens, some without. I used to use an Archos device to transfer my CF cards over but i don't use CF now.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yes, there are many 'portable storage' devices.

    I don't download anything on site, I don't think I could find time to do that. Although, I know a few photographers who do.
     
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    If it's a big wedding, I'll sometimes send my assistant to unload pictures from the cards as they fill up. But, I usually find it easier to just carry tons of cards and do it when I get home.
     
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    zendianah TPF Noob!

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    are they pricy? and which device is the best?
     
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    zendianah TPF Noob!

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    ok.. right now i carry 4 - 4gb cards - and 3 - 2gb cards... So Im good on cards... I thought maybe as a packup in case the cards fail..
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It would take some sort of emergency for me to off load and overwrite a card at an event. I make sure that I have plenty of card space and a handful of backup cards just in case.

    Redundancy is a good idea but IMO, card failure is a lot less likely than 'portable storage device' failure. Cards are probably the safest place to have the images...but of course there is always the chance of loosing them.
     
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    They are not cheap. Some of the most popular are the Epson ones:
    P3000 P6000.
    I know a guy who uses a Wolverine version but he says it is very slow.
     
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    Something new we have started doing is using an Acer Aspire One Laptop to do this.
    The laptop is one of the new netbooks. It has a 120 gig hard drive, 8.9” screen, Wireless b and g. There is no optical drive, but I can transfer everything across my network.

    We have started using this on site to back up cards via a USB Card reader for compact flash, most other cards can plug right in.
    You can get it with Windows XP and a 6-cell battery good for about 5 hours of use.
    So far I have been very happy with this setup and the best part is it is under $400.
     
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    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    CF cards. The most reliable device for storage there is. Not fool-proof but very stable.
     

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