Washington DC Wedding Photographer : Stephen Gosling Photography
The first thing I want to say is that I am under no illusion that people read my blog, let alone other photographers. I in no way think that the way I do things is the correct way and I am not writing these posts to tell people how to shoot or how to run their businesses. I am however going to be writing about my experiences; my failures, my successes, etc. If these posts help anyone, great! If not; no big deal.
Right off the bat; I’m lazy. I want to spend as little time as possible doing tedious things. Therefore I want to have and use things that are going to make my life easier and speed things up. This brings us to a multi-card reader.
Normally, when I shoot a wedding; I am spacing the wedding out over four 16GB CF cards. And if I have a second shooter you can add another 2 or 3 cards to that mix. As soon as I get back from shooting a wedding (or any other shooting assignment for that matter), no matter what time it is, I am going to transfer the images onto my computer. Then not only will the images exist on my CF cards, but also my backup cards (my camera can shoot onto two cards at once so I double up for safety and have the images on both cards) and my computers hard drive. So I used to come home from a wedding, and sit at my computer, importing cards onto my hard drive 1-by-1. And this would take time. Then a few years ago I noticed another photographer talking about multi-card readers and I wanted one right away. I think they had a 4-card reader made by Delkin. But then Delkin discontinued that reader and no-one else was making one. That was until earlier this year when I noticed another photographer Instagram a picture of this; http://www.lexar.com/workflow?category=203. And I knew I had to have it.
Here it is;
So as soon as I get back from a wedding (or other shoot), I insert all 4 cards and import the images all at once.
Then I can walk away and go to sleep and when I come back to the computer in the morning, all the images are on the hard drive and ready to be backed up onto external drives. Only once the images are on the computers hard drive, and 2x external hard drives, do I format the CF cards for the next shooting assignment.
This sleek little number saves me time that I can use for better things. So it is well worth the price of admission.
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