Jo Avila

Dell Precision 5520 at Work

I used to rely on shooting tethered for some photography projects. It was convenient since the client could see my digital captures as I shot them. It then became more convenient to rely on a Wi-Fi SD card and have the client view my shots on a mobile device like a tablet.

But then, two things happened. My son asked for my tablet and I got a Dell Precision 5520 mobile workstation with a 4K display.

I went to Handy To of Abacus Computers (3F VMall, Greenhills) a few weeks ago to buy a USB powered extension cable (my old one stopped working several months ago). Using a Wi-Fi SD card and a tablet is more convenient. But my clients are more confident about what they are seeing when they view my shots on a 4K display (100% Adobe RGB, 10-bit color).

There is the additional task of calibrating and profiling my mobile workstation’s display each time I go to a new location to shoot. I remind myself that it’s a task that has to be done to render better service to my clients.

(What I keep on forgetting to do is to put a roll of gaffer’s tape in my photography bag to keep my camera’s stock USB cable and the USB powered extension cable securely connected to each other.)

It also feels good to be able to do quick edits to a digital image on location to better understand the client’s preferences for the final image.

My son has been enjoying the tablet that I gave him. I hope that he won’t ask for my new mobile workstation anytime soon.

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