It’s all in the preparation

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I’m currently editing some images from a Wedding I covered on the 29th of May (which was brilliant by the way, even if the weather tried it’s best to make a name for itself).

I took a lot over the space of 10 hours, and I took them with two slightly different cameras.

Not only does that make editing a series of images slightly more tricky (because you have to consider the different processing requirements of the images from each camera), but you have to be very conscious of time. Not necessarily the length of time spent editing, but the timestamps set by each camera.

With something like a Wedding the order the images are displayed in is pretty crucial; the last thing you want is a picture at the end of the ceremony followed by one taken during the morning preparations – they need to follow the flow of the day.

I’ve managed to get it wrong before with one camera being a few minutes off, but it wasn’t the end of the world (I was able to correct the time offset when editing). However, it’s something to be mindful of before covering an event with more than one camera. I have heard of people taking a picture of their watch at the start of the event with each camera so they can precisely correct any time offset, but I find that setting the time on your camera bodies in unison is a pretty safe bet.

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