We are in the home stretch for Help Portrait 2012 and we thought we’d give you a list of things to think about to prepare for this year’s event!
- Great attitude. This is the most important thing we can all bring. It’s going to be a fun day, and we want to make sure it’s a blast for everyone!
- Wear comfy shoes, you could be moving a bunch.
- Pens. They have a tendancy to walk during this type of event, so the more we can have on site, the better!
Many of the photographers and editors attending Help Portrait this year will be bringing their own computers. If you plan on bringing your computer for editing at Help Portrait, here are a few tips on the best way to prepare for the event.
- Create a new user account on your computer just for Help Portrait. By doing this, it’ll keep anyone using your computer limited to Help Portrait information. This keeps accidental data or application deletion from taking place and helps everyone focus on only the applications we utilize at Help Portrait.
- If you have Lightroom 4 already, then place a shortcut on the desktop or launch bar of the new Help Portrait user account. If you do not have Lightroom 4, then a trial can be downloaded and installed on the Help Portrait user account.
- Setup a Lightroom Catalog just for Help Portrait. At the end of the event we’ll come by and snag each catalog from the editors so we have all images in one place.
- Study up on some of the key shortcuts of Lightroom 4. Knowing even the smallest amount about the software can help save time and energy on the day of Help Portrait.
- Make sure to bring all of the accessories for your computer including power adapter and mouse for the computer. Things are going to be moving quickly through the day, so it’s best to have these items so we don’t lose an editor due to a lack of power.
- Get plenty of sleep! You’re going to need it!!
- Your camera. I mean, it’s pretty obvious, but you don’t want to forget it do you?
- Plenty of memory cards. You’ll likely be shooting a subject, then handing off a memory card and then shooting a new client. You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of memory cards and it’s best if you mark yours so there are no mixups.
- Lights if you have them. Either strobe or constant are fine. Remember, there may not be a lot of power close by so hot shoe strobes are probably best. If you are using studio strobes, make sure to bring an extension cord and a power strip or two as needed.
- Backdrop if you have one. Prefer a solid colored backdrop. White or light gray is best if you have it.