Now, with the ever increasing immediacy of the Internet age, They want me posting images at each break. So that means that, when the buzzer sounds at the end of the first period of hockey, I have 14 minutes to download my photos (I shoot full RAW), go through them, edit, resize them and upload to Team USA. And I need to do this so that I am ready to start shooting again at the start of the next period. No pressure!
|This is my simple setup for on-ice editing. I have one or two cameras (usually with a 70-200 and a fish eye lens). Today, I shot with the 70-200 and used a Pocketwizard, which is hanging off the glass, to fire a remote camera behind the far goal.|
So...how do I do this? First of all, I am using the fastest memory cards, fastest card readers, and fastest computer I can get. All of these pieces are critical in my workflow. For the cards, I am using the new Lexar Professional 1066x CompactFlash cards, and I am writing to two of them at the same time in each of the Canon 1DX cameras (for redundancy). I am also using the newer Lexar Professional USB 3.0 readers so that I can download the images to my laptop as fast as possible. My laptop is the Apple MacBook Pro Retina, which has an SSD instead of a traditional hard drive, and this thing is fast. For software, I use a program called Photo Mechanic (which almost all of us use here at the Games) because it is wicked fast and let's me caption and FTP the files from one program.
|This is the setup in my "hotel" room. There I am using a Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid tablet for fine tuning images. I am also using Western Digital Passport Ultra drives to backup in 3 different locations.|
Here is my routine:
* At the buzzer, I eject the Lexar memory card and put it into the USB 3.0 reader
* Photo Mechanic comes up asking for a folder name to download to and asks for IPTC info.
* I have already created a folder with the appropriate name (usually something like "20140212_Hockey_USA_vs_Canada_Women")
* I enter the IPTC data (something like "USA vs Canada (Women) Hockey"
* I start reviewing the photos as they are downloading, and try to find the best of the bunch
* I mark the best with a color rating, so that I can filter for just those.
* I go through all the photos from that period and then filter to show only the winners.
* I quickly go into Photoshop to tweak each of the best (exposure, contrast, crop...) and save the file appended with "Edit_"
* After I have done this to the best, I need to caption them with the names of the athletes. For this I have created a document called a replacement code file with every player on Team USA, men and women. I can type in "/26w/" and Photo Mechanic will insert "USA Hockey's KENDALL COYNE (#26)"
* Before sending the photos off to the team or the wire service, I have a preset in Photo Mechanic to resize the photo, and all the FTP info is pre-stored. One touch of the button and off they go.
* I then eject the card from the reader, pop it back in the camera and start shooting the next period.
Usually, by the time the game is over and I am finished with everything, the images have already been posted on the USA Hockey Olympic page and the wire service.
Oh - and somewhere in between each of the events, I sit down to write a blog.