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 as well for your insurance company. Yea I know it’s anal but it sure helps when you have to file a claim
Sometimes things need a little help . We have discovered that a little “Silicon” on the tip of your wand in the FourSquare pocket will make assembly and disassembly
much easier. Another little tid bit would be to finish the tip with clear nail polish to make it “smoother”.
A very happy customer sent us a few sample shots that he took at a small resort in Fiji. Francis Zera found that carrying the large power packs he usually uses was not an option for this trip. He decided to try speedlights and his FourSquare™ with great success as you can see. Check out the full article on Francis’ website by clicking here.
In the first shot he used the FourSquare and a few cheap strobes to kick the extra light into the ceiling to fill in the shadows.
In the second shot he’s using FourSquare to help illuminate the interior of the room and give it that bright clean feel.
Again the the lightweight FourSquare pops light into the ceiling to keep it from going black.
The forth and last photo is or the hotel manager carrying the whole light setup. Taken just with ambient light of course.
Whew! Talk about even! This set up is a “pencil tube” wired to fire from a Dynalite pack. The only drawback is there is no modeling light or fan. The advantage is the travel kit is small and really light. You can pack four into the same space that one normal Dynalite head takes up. I just added a mini mount to the pencil and put it on a FourSquare Block with a 20 inch box. This is one of my regulars when I am using my Dynalite Kit. Happy shooting.
The Phase One show and tell was a lot of fun. We had about fifty turn out for the event. We saw a whole lot of digital and had two great models. If you have the chance to attend such an event, make the time. You will learn a great deal even if your pocket book is not in the mood for parting with the hard earned dollars. Just the lessons on Capture One Pro can make your workflow so much smoother.