Battery Case or “The Cleaning Kit”

Battery Case or “The Cleaning Kit”

On a earlier post I was talking about the Micro cases to hold my H4N, well now I have turned one into a basic cleaning kit and battery holder. Let your imagination run wild.

While working in LA,  I found “Panchro” to be the lens fluid cleaner of choice in the “film” world. This came as a tip from a lens technician in LosAngeles while I was waiting on some rental equipment. Plus, the micro case keeps things “dry” when you pack them with other things. What is not shown, are a few sheets of KimWipes that I keep beneath the lens brush and Pancro.

See another post for my “Bad Day on Location” kit.

Pelican cases

Pelican Case for the H4n Recorder

Pelican Case for the H4n Recorder

After damaging a H4N screen and taking several months to repair I though best to use a little pelican micro box to hold the little guy. When you are in hurry and things are flying around on a location the last thing you want is to ruin a piece of gear. The little box it comes with is not quite up to snuff. A drop from the counter is all it took. Oops! I thought this the best solution, as several of the last shoots have been around a pool.

Pelican Case and H4n recorder

Luggage Scales

Luggage Scales

Well this little piece of goods will make life easier before heading off to the airport. Some carriers are being pretty strict about the 35 lb. carry on limit. This is a easy way to see what you need to edit. My last trip I needed to edit my shoulder mount, handle, rods and … oh yes the laptop. The computer has to go as my personal piece.

Luggage Scales

Brookstone scale priced at approx $30 click this link

Travelon scale priced at approx $25 click this link

Photos from Francis Zera

Photos from Francis Zera

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.

Francis Zera, Resort, FourSquare, Speedlite

In the second shot he’s using FourSquare to help illuminate the interior of the room and give it that bright clean feel.

Francis Zera, Resort, FourSquare, Speedlite

Again the the lightweight FourSquare pops light into the ceiling to keep it from going black.

Francis Zera, Resort, FourSquare, Speedlite

The forth and last photo is or the hotel manager carrying the whole light setup. Taken just with ambient light of course.

Francis Zera, Resort, FourSquare, Speedlite

The New 20×20 Box with a dyna-lite pencil tube

The New 20×20 Box with a dyna-lite pencil tube

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.

 

FourSquare 20x20 softbox with a dyna-lite pencil tube inside

Power Pax now available at Lightware Direct

Power Pax now available at Lightware Direct

I found a really neat way to organize my batteries other than my pelican case method. We have these for sale on our LightwareDirect site. They are inexpensive and easy to keep in your camera bag or case. Plus they take up a lot less room than the Pelican case. They can be put in either way to signify used or unused (if they are rechargeable). Hope you find them helpful, I certainly have.

Four AA Power Pax

Power Pax

AAA Power Pax