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Laptop in the Field?

russellsnr 13 194 England
16 Aug 2010 9:03PM
Hi, I have seen someone use a portable DVD player with USB connection to check his compo in a studio shoot but wondered does anyone take a laptop on location for landscapes to use teathered and if so what are the benifits?

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justin c 14 4.9k 36 England
16 Aug 2010 10:04PM
I can think of absolutely no benefits whatsoever. When trekking around the countryside, sometimes up hills and even mountains, the last thing I'd want is to be burdened with unnecessary weight and something else to protect in case of adverse weather. Apart from camera and lenses of course, I find the biggest attraction of landscape photography is being out and about, with just nature and the elements for company, whilst leaving all the modern technology as far away as possible. I feel over burdened with a wrist watch on, let alone having a b----y computer in tow Tongue
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
16 Aug 2010 10:21PM
In the studio ..yes, but I agree with Justin about taking it in the field. Tho I don't agree with all technology, a bit of music on the iPhone, and the timer is brilliant for long exposures, not to mention the number of times I've gone AOT the security of having a phone just in case its not just my pride thats hurt.
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
16 Aug 2010 10:45PM
Same as Justin & Nick, When I'm out and about, Just can't be doing with any distractions, Other than those provided by the location, Yes Sir indeedy, When I'm out, I'm unavailable to anything except the call of nature....Smile
lawbert 11 1.8k 15 England
16 Aug 2010 10:58PM
Why wait till you get home to see if your capturing whatever your after correctly....A Lappy is ideal for a full screen view in the fieldWink
Gaucho 16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2010 12:03PM
I grudgingly carry a mobile with me when out in the hills (every day), purely because wifey insists I might want it when I've been attacked by a wild boar and or had a heart attack. Other than that, just the camera and odd lens. I suppose I could get the dog to carry a laptop Smile

russellsnr 13 194 England
17 Aug 2010 9:20PM
ok thank you for replies, seems to be a bad idea.
lawbert 11 1.8k 15 England
17 Aug 2010 10:02PM

Quote:Ok thank you for replies, seems to be a bad idea.

Dont let the majority rule your decision...Try it and see for yourself....It was your idea and I bet a couple of the above end up trying a Laptop in the field!!
Why be stuck to the little screen on the back of your camera and believe its histogram when you can capture on a big screen and post process where you are!!WinkSadGrin
dcash29 12 2.3k England
17 Aug 2010 11:12PM
You might find it interesting if you took along your A3 printer as well.

Nothing like being able to say the print matched the surroundings. Wink
looboss 11 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2010 11:17PM
laptop? nah! screen is too small how about a really big HD wide screen and a power generator? seems to me the best bet Wink
samfurlong 12 2.5k United Kingdom
18 Aug 2010 9:50AM
The other problems with a laptop it that unless you have a building or cave to retreat inside, it can be hard to really judge the image quality outdoors. Plus most laptop screens are nowhere near as good as a nice well calibrated desktop display which is where you should do your editing.

WHen I am working, I use my laptop to send the files out and I do some basic adjustments if I have got something WAY wrong but then when I get home I re-edit for the archives on my nice widescreens on the office computer.

Learn to read and trust the histogram on the back of the camera - it'll do you just fine.
10 Nov 2010 8:09PM
Agree with the general consensous, it would be a pain and there wouldn't be much benefit.

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swanseamale47 10 124 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2010 8:53AM
We have used them for studio or location shoots, mostly to show clients, but I wouldn't want to lug one around cross country for long.

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