Part of being a photographer means being an IT guy.
“I leave Tuesday for my first Caribbean project of the season,” is what my friend Cory Silken tells me that serves as the motivation for this article. “I’ve literally been preparing a new kit since October.” And for the most part, he’s right. You probably wouldn’t care or agree as much if you’re a hobbyist photographer, but if you’re a seasoned professional then you’ll completely understand where we’re coming from. Every time you go into a seriously large gig of some sort, there’s a big equipment check. You’ll see that your batteries are in perfectly and fully charged, you have extra memory cards, your flashes are in working order, your camera sensor is spotless, and will be prepped for a variety of other mishaps that are bound to be problematic. But most of all, you’ll need to ensure that you have the latest firmware update on your camera, lenses, flashes, devices, etc.