Hi this is Jay P. Morgan. Today on The Slanted Lens we are headed to Gettysburg. I’m going to show you the things that we’re packing to take with us on our shoot. This shoot is unusual because it’s just Julene and I. So I packed accordingly. Julene doesn’t like to carry a lot of weight. And I have to set things up and move most of it myself. I have the largest airplane worthy case that SKB makes. Which means it’s going to be absolutely safe for your equipment. It’s also the largest case that an airplane will allow you to fly with.
In the SKB case I’ve got my Spider Holster; a speed ring; small microphone; Dynalite Bajas and chargers; a RockSteady sandbag; PocketWizards; a reflector; a set of grids; Rosco gels and Lite Vector pad and some Anton Bower batteries; a shoot through umbrella; batteries; a roll of tape; a Speedlight; and four small Dyanlite stands.
I use my official press pass to be able to get this equipment case on the plane without having to pay for the extra weight. Watch the video to find out how you could use one too.
In our suitcases I’ve got a collapsible Veo tripod (makes sure the plate is on there before you pack it); a Genie Mini; a 7-in-1 reflector; a Vanguard tripod with video head (make sure you have that plate); a Dynalite medium software with grid. My suitcase is overweight because of that video head so I’ll have to pay for that.
I use a Think Tank camera bag. I love it. I have a folder with blank Getty model release; property releases; Airbills in case I need to FedEx something; W-4’s and 1099’s in case I hire someone out on location; business cards. I’ve got my Tamron lenses; an A7S for our behind the scenes; two Canon Mark III’s, four extra chargers with batteries; four 64 gig cards, plus one in each camera; an SLR strap; cards for the A7S; an extra pair of glasses. My lamp so I can see as it gets dark; my trigger for the Bajas. Unfortunately I can’t use it on this trip because I’m combining it with that little Speedlight. But I’m taking it just in case. A couple of rings in order to run the handheld rig; a hex wrench.
I can’t carry my Leatherman in here because I’m going carry this on with me and I can’t take that on the airplane. So I’m going to put that in my suitcase. The other thing I didn’t mention is I always carry a power strip in my suitcase, sometimes two. There are never enough places to plug in your cords and batteries in the hotels so I use that. I always carry an ND filter. I’m taking one of the variable ND’s by Tiffen. It’s an 82mm but I’ve got an adapter to take that down to 77 so I can use it on any of the lenses in the case. I also have a polarizer just in case. I carry a sharpie with a little bit of tape wrapped around it. I always do that. I have a little pen that cleans lenses, a brush, and some white china makers to be able to do pull focus spots on my focus rig. The last thing I carry is my laptop bag with laptop; two Thunderbolt LaCie drives to backup all my work; two card readers; and a lithium battery backup for the Bajas. It’s a lot to carry so we may get a wagon to help haul it around at Gettysburg.
So there you have it. That’s what we’re heading off to Gettysburg with. I’m looking forward to sharing the images of Lincoln. Thanks for watching.
Keep those cameras rollin’, keep on clickin’.