This image was done with a “White Plastic Tablecloth” I snarfed from a awards banquet at my daughters high school. They were putting them in the trash. I figured that I could use it for a diffuser, and I was right. The package price was $1.99. I shot my assistant with it using some foam core and two SB-900 Nikon Flashes. Pretty simple and could easily be used on location with another table cloth as a fill (replacing the foam core) and as a background. I did not spend much time with this, but it shows how simple things can be when you need them to work.
Model Releases, GretagMacbeth Color Checker Charts (varying sizes), GretagMacbeth Gray Cards, Cinefoil, Compass, Boston Spring Clips, Fun-Tac, Sharpies, +2.5 Reading Glasses, Small Maglite, Small Spirit Level, 77mm Circular Polarizer, Expo-Disc (for “special” white balancing). These are just a few of the little things I take with me. If I am traveling by plane I try to hone it to the minimum. Since this to go kit lives in a Rubbermaid tool box it is easy to go through before the assignment.
I always bring some form of reading material for my assistant and myself. This helps if creative block hits me when things are getting a little tense with the photograph. It also helps pass the time when you are waiting on the client, athlete, or suit. Always photographically related, it’s like taking a mini refresher course while you wait. I find that I always use something out of this kit on every assignment.