Two products from LightwareDirect that I used during a recent European shoot worked out quite nicely. The “Firefly” box puts light everywhere so it can raise the ambient level of the room or area with out really telling where the light is coming from. It has direction but no real specific direction. The strip I find quite useful for models where I want more length in the light down the torso. You can use this as easy as a “Portrait” box realizing that your eye highlight will be rectangular. It also is a great above and below light when you are shooting a tight face, lighting at forty five degrees top and bottom. Here is the CLINCHER! I don’t have any feeling if we should make these. We have not had many calls for a Strip. What do you all say?
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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
One more is using colored webbing, like our guys in the military. Colored webbing with a loop sewn on allows you loop it around a handle and when it comes off the carousel you know it’s yours. Happy traveling.
Hopefully this requires no explanation. I use what works for me and the tips I have borrowed from the NIKON and CANON clean and check clinics that are offered at some of the major sporting events.
Chopsticks, Scissors, Lens Cleaning Cloth, PEC Swaps, Residual Oil Remover, Muti-Coated Cleaner, Optic Cleaning System, Kinetronics Spec Grabber, Lens Brush, Anti-Static Brush, Magnifying Glass with Soft Cloth, 3in Paint Brush, Giottos Air Blower, Barber’s Shaving Cream Brush, (No Lint) Laboratory Wipes