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| p.1 #2 · Think I'm going to have to say no to 12-hour days |
I would say there are a number of things at play here, rather than simply the 12 hour mark being a problem on its own.
I agree with others suggestions below. If you were to say "Hey, I feel just bored and knackered at 12 hours, I'll cut it down to X hours from now on". That would be treating the symptom, not the cause.
I would evaluate your approach to coverage, your approach to equipment, and your approach to your lifestyle.
1) The first simple question is whether you really need to be there for 12 hours and can this be adjusted and still give the same results. Only you can answer that.
2) Equipment. Not only the total amount of what you're using, but how you're utilising it on the day and carrying it too. You don't need 4 bodies on you all the time, you need a couple of extra for backup somewhere reasonably accessible, but having two on your is absolutely fine. If one breaks, you have the other and will be able to manage perfectly well for that given time of inconvenience. And then how are you carrying the bodies that you do use, is there a strapping system that may be better suited to you? I think your lens count is fine, to be honest, around doesn't sound too bad unless they're huge heavy bastards. I have one on each camera, and then a couple in the bag (along with accessories, batteries etc). Mine aren't tiny but they're not huge either (eg no 70-200). I have other lenses nearby, for backup. As for the flash equipment, you should be able to plan better with this. If I know I'm going to be using flash / off camera lighting I put it in the place I'll need it, either in the morning or perhaps the day before (if it's just a matter of some stands). No way I'm carrying all that crap around on my back, it would look ridiculous, and would hold back shooting. Then, if you do a LOT of OCF work through the day, just get an assistant to carry stuff for you - easy and inexpensive solution.
3) A fit and healthy guy will easily get through a 12 hour wedding. Sure, there are always challenges, but you shouldn't struggle physically. Start a new exercise routine, and if you can't fit that into your life, you need to be working less.
Edited on Sep 08, 2013 at 11:29 AM · View previous versions