Identifying cases can be easy

Identifying cases can be easy


Keeping track of bags you check at the airport can be easy. Using a stencil kit and a metallic Sharpie you can code your bags as required. Stencil on your cell phone number or your name and address. This makes for a “permanent” marking on each of your cases. This works just as well on fabric as it does the hard size cases. My system is simple. I abbreviate everything so my assistant and I know exactly what each case contains. Example, “N” for Nikon or “C” for Canon. I also give each case a number. For example case “17” has a complete Lumedyne set up. By keeping a cheat sheet book on all your gear, you know what case “17” holds along with all the contents and any serial numbers. This makes traveling easier as you have a record of all the gear, serial numbers and contents for each of your numbered cases. 

Another tip I like with stenciling is actually from a friend of mine. He takes Rosco scene paint, black, and on the bottom of all his cases he paints out an area sealing up the fabric. Next he uses a stencil he had made at his local sign shop and paints in with the color of choice using spray paint.

Traveling on assignment is getting harder. Oh yea, don’t forget that battery situation! Having the airline rule each additional bag at $25 is going to get interesting. It’s only money. Looks like any major location assignment is going to require a great deal more pre planning and up font logistics. In our got to have it now mind set, somethings are just going to get overlooked. That carry on bag with the all the absolute gear is going to get a hard look. How many lenses? Prime or zoom? Two bodies and not three? Which lenses use an extender gracefully? What is really needed? Lighting? Small strobes have to be the king here.

I successfully did a Guatemala shoot with one prime, one zoom and one body. An extra body was back at the hotel but I was amazed at how little I really needed for the assignment. I always carry my (PHD) digital and it has accounted for many a shot, plus I looked more like a tourist.