Adam in Atlanta asks:
Have you ever discussed the transferring of image files from the field (at a shoot) back to a computer at the office so someone can post-process the images?
Yes. In fact, we've discussed this a couple of years ago. You can easily transmit your photos using either CamRanger to a DropBox account or by using an iPhone to iCloud. There are probably other ways too. The crux of the problem is how do you get a fast enough internet connection without paying an arm and a leg to your cellular provider? Don't be deceived by the term "unlimited" that many cellular providers use. There is no such thing as unlimited cellular anymore! Unlimited plans always have limits that if you go over, you pay big time!
Here are a few possible solutions:
- The fact is that 99% of these homes you are shooting will likely have WiFi access of speeds that, if you could access, would allow you to upload to DropBox or whichever your favorite service very quickly.
- If you got the homeowner's permission and WiFi password, they would probably be happy for you to use their WiFi in turn for faster delivery.
- Many WiFi routers (like the last two I've had) have two WiFi connections. A password protected one and an open connection for guests and easily connecting TVs, etc. Anyone who comes to my house will see "Larry's Guest Network" which is an unprotected WiFi access that is partitioned from my secure WiFi that all my computers, tablets, and phones use. So if you were to shoot my home (or my neighbors) and I wasn't there to give you access to my secure network, you would still have WiFi that uploads at 12Mbit/sec. Always look for open WiFi networks.
- Another option for times you can use it would be to stop by Starbucks and use their open WiFi. I just tested the bandwidth of my local Starbucks and its upload speed is 18 Mbits/sec. Pretty respectable!
So if you don't have too many RAW files or use one of the above options, uploading to a post-processing assistant back at the office is very workable.