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Location shooting- how do you transport your stuff?

 
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Sep 20, 2013 20:34 |  #1

If you're doing a location shoot and tanking things like light stands and reflectors, how do you carry your gear to avoid looking like this guy?

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Sep 20, 2013 20:45 |  #2

Try to make sure I'm not dropping it!

But seriously, unless you've got help (a grip, etc) you can only carry so much with two arms. I'm doing my first on-location portrait this Sunday and tried to pack as light as possible. One camera bag, lightstand and a folded softbox. I'd like to bring my camera tripod, but deemed it not not necessary. Maybe have a briefcase on wheels for everything bar stand(s) maybe?


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Sep 20, 2013 20:49 as a reply to  @ malakite's post |  #3

ive got a set of 33" umbrellas and medium duty lightstands that all pack in a canvas bag. my speedlites and PW set up, i carry in my camera bag...

i would like some bigger umbrellas (42" or better) but i think they would still fit in my case...




  
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Sep 20, 2013 21:02 |  #4

I usually pack all of my camera gear (body, lenses, flashes, etc) in a backpack or shoulder bag (depending on what all I need to carry). For stands and modifiers I use Standbaggers.


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Sep 20, 2013 21:07 |  #5

I have several rolling camera cases that have cameras, lenses, lights, etc. I also have several grip bags that have light stands, modifiers and grip equipment in them. I have two carts, one two wheel and one 4 wheel.

Specific camera gear is put in the primary case based on job requirements. Other bags are selected based on what is needed for the job.

If its more than a small grip bag that can be balanced on the rolling camera case then one of the carts is used.

And I have a couple of Domke camera bags if I can get the camera gear slimmed way down.


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Sep 20, 2013 22:36 |  #6

I bought a rectangular soft case for golf clubs, to put longer items like Lightform light panels, telescoping pole to hold backdrops, etc. that would not fit into a longer Bogen case (usually for longer tripod) which I also use for carrying lighting stuff. The shape makes it a bit easier to pile stuff only a 4-wheel cart to carry multiple items. Power packs and heads and cables, etc. all go into rectangular semihard cases, again making stacking easier. It still requires 2 (or maybe 3) trips to get it all inside or back to the car, if there is no one to assist.


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Sep 21, 2013 01:40 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #7

If it's a big shoot, I go with the "standard" equipment you see posted below.....
All of this can fit in the back of my small 2 Door Explorer Sport SUV and still have room for a front seat passenger and 1 backseat passenger.

•Stand Bag #1
4-Heavy Duty 12' Avenger Stands
4-Compact 10' Light Stands
1-Manfrotto Neotec Tripod
•Stand Bag #2
1-6'x6' Scrim Jim
1-48" Photogenic Octadome
2-3'x4' PhotoFlex SoftBoxes
2-7' Westscott Parabolic Umbrellas
•Pelican 1610 Rolling Case #1
3-Canon Camera Bodies
4-580EXII Speedlites
4-Canon Battery Packs
2-Minolta Light Meters
An assortment of lenses depending on the shoot.....
An array of misc. equipment such as batteries, filters, tape, etc.....
•Pelican 1610 Rolling Case #2
4-Photogenic 1250DR Monolights
4-PCB Mini Lithium Battery Units
An array of misc. equipment such as batteries, filters, tape, etc.....
•Rolling Wagon
Along with all of the bags and cases that you see that actually fits in the wagon, I still have room for
4-Speedrings
2-Standard Photogenic 7" Reflectors
2-20lb. Sandbags
1-42" PhotoFlex 5n1 Pop-Out Reflector
A couple of extension Cords

Again, depending on the shoot, some equipment may be traded out for others such as when I want to bring either a small compact and/or a large size boom, etc.....

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Sep 21, 2013 08:05 |  #8

Thanks for the replies. I'm going to go on the hunt for some sort of pull-along cart. I've got my camera ane lenses in a Pelican 1560 and need something on wheels that I can bungee the light stands to.


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Sep 21, 2013 08:48 |  #9

What about this ?
http://www.rocknroller​cart.com/collections/m​ulti-carts (external link)

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Wrench wrote in post #16313657 (external link)
Thanks for the replies. I'm going to go on the hunt for some sort of pull-along cart. I've got my camera ane lenses in a Pelican 1560 and need something on wheels that I can bungee the light stands to.




  
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Sep 21, 2013 09:16 |  #10

I shoot mostly single person. So my setup is Avenger A420 wheeled stand. When I get out my car, I put my 37" octa or the softbox with AB800 on the stand. Powered from VML. Grab a collapsible round reflector for the assistant to hold. And then just roll the thing.

I also have a foldable cart which is much lighter than the green wagon. Being handicapped it is easier for me to put it back in my car. I rarely use it now as wheeled light stands work.


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Sep 21, 2013 10:08 |  #11

My 4 13' light stands go into a light stand bag. My lights, diffusers, and accessories currently fit into a wheeled hockey bag made by Grit.




  
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Sep 21, 2013 14:21 |  #12

I had one of those..... It's an excellent product, but my problem was on uneven terrain or on a bumpy sidewalk, my gear would start to slide off and fall onto the ground. So, I saw the garden cart at Home Depot and the wheels in my mind started turning, and I've never regretted the purchase!


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Sep 23, 2013 08:29 |  #13

Dont have much to haul so a small cart is enough for me

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Sep 23, 2013 12:05 |  #14

I use a car


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Sep 23, 2013 12:23 |  #15

abbadon31 wrote in post #16318687 (external link)
I use a car

Ha! Me too.

I do have various bags, backpacks, hard-cases, and a cart but it depends on the shoot. I go as light as possible, but I always bring anything I think I might need.


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