I was at the Brentford v Bristol City match on Saturday, a disappointing loss by a single late goal.
A couple of people have asked recently about my workflow, so here is an overview.
For my workflow I use a couple of applications Adobe Photoshop & PhotoMechanic, although at a football match I do everything from within PhotoMechanic.
First step in the workflow is to get the images from the camera on to the laptop, so plug in the card reader & CF Card, & fire up PhotoMechanic.
I have PM configured to automatically ingest any CF once it appears on the desktop, at this point I have the system add a basic IPTC caption to all of the images, I leave the file names unaltered at this point. The files are copied to a folder called Card Dump.
Once I have all the images on the laptop I scroll through the images in full frame (Click the “f” key to toggle between normal & full screen) preview mode and zoom in (click the “z” key to toggle zoom mode), I will make a selection tagging each (if you click the fullstop key it will tag the photograph) frame that I am going to wire, at the same time I will do any cropping & straightening of the images, (to crop hit the “x” key.
As part of this process I will also edit the captions to reflect the content of the photograph if you hit the “i” key it will open the caption dialogue box, then using a series of code replacements that I have already created I can add the players name simply by entering a code (in the case of QPR Defender Geoff Cameron I type \QPR05\ and it replaces it with the full name.
Having completed the edit I will the select all tagged images and FTP them direct to the client (click “u” to show the FTP dialogue box and away you go, it is at this point that the client naming protocols are used to rename & resize the photograph, as well as the actual cropping taking place, the sent images are then automatically saved in the Pix Sent Folder
There maybe times during the match that images need to be moved rather more quickly, ie a goal & celebration pictures, I usually like to send as soon as possible, these I don’t tend to tag, but just go through them and caption, crop & send them individually.
Having upgraded one of my iPods to 128GB which now lives permanently in the car, it was time to upgrade the other one to the same spec, I had forgotten how bloody fiddly it was, all done now & will be used when I am not in the car.
Having had the iCap for just over week, I thought I’d share my thoughts. Firstly it is a great idea and works really rather well, especially at football when it is peeing with rain, I have it sitting on top of my ThinkTank Airport Accelerator V2.0 which in turn is lying on top of my PeliCase 1510. This means that the laptop is at a nice working height for me whilst sitting on the MinMax stool.
It provides great protection (in this case to a 13.3 Macbook Pro) from the rain, and it would work equally as well as a sun shade.
The only issue that I have, and it becomes less of a problem the more I have practiced it, is folding it away to fit back in it’s little pouch. I have managed it a couple of times, but probably need to practice a few more times before being entirely comfortable with it.
Well that was fun, it peed with rain all bloody day, kit is now all in the airing cupboard and the camera bag is propped up in front of the radiator, hopefully dry for tomorrows job, or otherwise I will have to just travel light.
“U is for Umbrella, we use it in the rain, we hope that we shan’t want one, till we’re home again”
Photographing football almost certainly means at some point in the season you are going to get very wet, and as everyone knows computers & water don’t mix, so to protect the laptop whilst wiring from pitchside I have acquired a cover.
I have managed to put it up and fold it back into it’s case, I think that a couple of practice sessions with it are required before it goes used in anger (unless it pees with rain on Saturday).
Lots of cards including a red one, not a lot of goals, another disappointing draw.