After the last shutter release, the gear gets packed, and we head back to the work bench. This is work bench.
I oftentimes get asked what gear we use. Excluding the whole camera/lens/lighting setup (coming soon), this post should help shed light on the hardware operated by Gillespie Photography to post-process a photo shoot. Before we get into the technicals, the entire process must first be approved by the creative director…
First up, an external card reader: faster, more reliable, and doesn’t use the camera’s battery. The brand isn’t important. If your machine has USB 3, I strongly suggest going with a compliant reader. Otherwise, 2 is the bare minimum.
Secondly, the mouse (Logitech MX5500): precise, fast, responsive, ergonomic, excellent battery life. Many photographers swear by Wacom tablets for brushing in Photoshop. To each his own. Your basic laser mouse doesn’t make the cut.
Onto the machine (No, its not a Mac): Intel i7-2600, 8GB Corsair DDR3 1600Mhz, 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD, Nvidia GTX 460. Load times for the OS, Photoshop, Lightroom are sub 7 seconds. Editing 1080p in Premier is buttery smooth.
Now the most important piece of it all… The canvas. The workspace monitor is an HP ZR30w, which isn’t just an average 30″ display, but 2560×1600, equating to 4,096,000 pixels. This results in less zooming in/out, panning and time spent navigating a 20mp RAW image. The tools monitor is a Dell 2005FPW in portrait orientation, perfect for panels or file navigation.
These next two items sit above work bench #1. The first, a light meter, gifted to Gillespie Photography by a very generous person. Before digital and before film cameras had an auto mode, photographers used light meters to help assist setting their exposure. It’s an awesome reminder of how things use to be. Second, the Blue Blockers: 50 cent thrift store special, forces you to focus on something other than a blue sky, strange looks from other photographers.