I have to say I really enjoyed this post as it reminded me of when I was working as a sports photographer for a national press agency.
It is also strange to think that photographers use common solutions to their problems, as I have been using the Pocket Phojo and a PDA for the last year to do remote transmitions, with the Nikon D2x or the Canon G9 and now the Pentax K20D (which I can edit the RAW images in camera, save as jpeg to the SD Card and just insert it into the PDA and hit the send button and I am done…)
(using the G9 by swapping the memory card or just using the USB cable to view the memory card while plugged into the camera; It does not automatically send from the G9, like it does from the D2x)
With the Pocket Phojo software on a PDA and Canon G9 it makes for a very compact reporting kit as the G9 can record audio and video good enough for the web as well
Read the full article bellow to see how things have changed
The Sydney Morning Herald Blogs: Photographers
For newspaper photographers, the single greatest advantage of dumping film has been faster and easier delivery of pictures.
Before that, a photographer on an away-job might turn his hotel en-suite into a makeshift darkroom, or pay a local mini-lab to stay open after-hours, then transmit one or two prints back to Sydney in a tedious over-the-phone process making you very late for dinner.
Sports photographers needed to work for several hours after full-time to get their pictures back to the paper, while now they can generally get away with the last of the fans.
A decade on, things have progressed to the point where you can transmit your photographs (live) from a smart-phone in your pocket, all the while continuing to shoot the action you were sent there to cover. Read More >>