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The ultimate on location tool box meetup (3 meetups) Photogs and MUAS

Lets pretend we're Norm Abrams. The bearded guy in PBS New Yankee Workshop and this OLD HOUSE.
I am sure most of the photographers wish there was a better way of lugging, schlepping, hauling all of our junk from car to wherever and then find out we left something at home. Ever happen to you? There are those that go commando minimal equipment. Well I am a firm believer in you can't have too much equipment. This meetup is for the equipment junkie, the guys that bring their light stands, umbrellas, softboxes, battery packs, Einsteins, white ligntings, Elinchroms, Profotos, reflectors, the overoptimistically named "beauty dish"  , you name it , they wish they had it with them guys

This applies to MUAHs as well  they lug around who knows what ungodly amount of junk as well.

Last Sat at the Boulevard 3 meetup, we had an inordinate amount of equipment of stuff to setup  haul  around   and separate bags are great for the manufacturers that sell that stuff but you need 8 arms to carry all that  stuff separate bag for this  and another bag for this  and so on   and then you forget a bag   or some scum sucking lowlife makes off with one. I watched Peter haul all his stuff he looked like a mule with all the round bags around him.  I loaded my crap onto a convertible handcart from Costco.  That lightstand bag  ,I call the "bodybag"  on the bottom of the pile ,my light kit, extension cords, my camera stuff   all tied together nice and neat  

I got 20 feet from my truck. that pile overturned in the parking lot in a heap, looked like a tanker truck that overturned on the 405 at 4:30 pm on a Holiday weekend. All those people trying to get into the parking lot honking  cursing,  what a pain in the ass.   none of the guys were around to help  cause they were hauling their own  stuff!

We will meet over lunch some place hopefully someplace they won't kick us out of. We will discuss


1) what we carry
2) the design of the carrier
3) Amenities such as compartments and drawers
4) materials

Ideas to consider:
a shooting station for laptop use, power station for bat pacs, places to store light stands, locking doors, tires and wheels, casters,

I have access to table saws, routers, nail guns, drills etc.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    One star lost because everyone except me and Ethan was late. One star lost because no location preparation or reservation and a relocation was required, however, we ate well, enjoyed the ambiance, and had good baggage talk. Covered a lot of ground and transportation needs of different people in the business. Great company, thanks.

    November 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I know, and I understand how difficult it is to set up a meet-up. I have nothing but appreciation for those that take the time to organize and notify others. Without an honest assessment, others will not know the impact of signing up and then not showing up. It takes a lot of effort and others that want to collaborate become disillusioned about fellow photographers. Thank you sincerely for setting up the meet.

      November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I feel this was productive, we each were able to discuss our current limitations, hopefully, we can get started on a prototype soon! :)

    November 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Am, here with Steve. You guys around?

    November 3, 2013

  • Delaram D.

    What kind of shoot is this?

    November 2, 2013

    • Myron L.

      It's going to be a round table discussion as well as a social meet over lunch. Many of us break a big sweat bringing tons of heavy equipment with us , whether it's camera, lighting or makeup and wardrobe gear. We think some of us have good ideas on how to alleviate some of the burden. Bring a light beer if you want. It's going to be a heavy discussion.

      November 2, 2013

    • Delaram D.

      Ok thank you Myron

      November 3, 2013

  • Myron L.

    October 29, 2013

    • designdog

      thats just an old lady shopping cart and a bitchen backpack. heh

      October 30, 2013

    • Peter

      Bit like what you brought to WeHo hollaween ?

      November 2, 2013

  • Amy

    whats the purpose of this meet up? is there a shoot?

    November 2, 2013

  • JJFotography

    LOL great description. Somewhere I have a photo of a ton of gear next to a little hatchback, and surprisingly it all actual fit. Like musicians, I think all photographers should drive hatchbacks or SUVs.

    October 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Or a camel caravan

      October 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    To touch on the beauty dish comment:

    Beauty dishes were originally intended/invented for use as fill lights.

    The purpose was to lighten shadows and make the light more beautiful/softer. Hence the name.

    Traditional technique was large (24-36") double-arc light as main (Basically big box with frosted opal glass diffuser front), and large beauty dish (2500W tungsten) right next and slightly below camera. (Somewhat similar setup to clamshell lighting)

    This also gave nice sparkle in the eyes, and helped offset the skin tone issues of arclights and slow Ortho film.

    The quality of light when a beauty dish is used as a fill is such that is helps reduce the need for retouching, particularly on the eyes, which was a major plus back in the film days!

    October 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That is how it is utilized today, but not its original intent. I am talking about the pre-strobe era. When you had to work with extremely hot lights at very long shutter speeds to get a minimum of f16 on 8x10 film. Because of the heat, fabric diffusers or softboxes of any kind were impossible to use. Thus the beauty dish was invented as a way to make the light bigger and thereby softer. If you check out old BTS movie stills you will see huge beauty dishes being used as fill. Try it as a fill-light sometime you may like the look. It is possible to replicate the modern look of a beauty dish as mainlight with a small feather masked softbox. It has more to do with the size of the light and working distance to subject then the modifiers used.

      1 · October 29, 2013

    • designdog

      In the 80's and 90's and actually 70's people for the most part did not use beauty dishes. They used softboxes. or maybe umbrellas. Plus bounces. That's why during this era you see many portraits with a softer light tone. People just didn't use beauty dishes with strobes. A snoot maybe. Then obviously, some doe doe like Buff or somebody started selling them and people picked it up. which kinda makes sense since most lights today are crap. way "back then originally" though, they served a purpose, and although today they do have a "use" they are a bit of a novelty. Again though, simply a tool. Ideally, if you had a nice studio you would have all these "tools" to use in conjunction with a particular Project.

      1 · October 30, 2013

  • Francis G.

    OK, I am looking forward to this. I will set up a C-stand, with a boom to put probably some cheap Vivitar bounced off some large umbrella and be able to put close to the model. Then I will shoot far away and fire the flash remotely. I can see what a pain to do this first hand, and see if I really want to use this for real shoots.

    October 28, 2013

  • Peter

    Problem will be weight for things we make... Easy to make a roller box. But you have stairs, in and out of the car... Etc. especially Ethan's adage, if it is at home then you back is not hurting enough..

    As Ken mentioned, humping stuff on Sat and Sunday was a pain, but at least I parked near the door.

    I started looking at some of the large roller suitcases to foam fill and pack my gear... Can get all my lights into one bag I think.


    For the stands and stuff, I was looking at:

    http://www.amazon.com/Plano-Golf-Guard-Standard-Case/dp/B001D2AITW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1382448117&sr=8-2&keywords=golf+bag+travel+case

    While it is fun to build, and in fact I like to do this, some of the off the shelf stuff, is cheap enough and probably lighter than what we could build....

    P

    October 22, 2013

    • Myron L.

      October 27, 2013

    • Myron L.

      October 27, 2013

  • Kin

    i'll be late..doing aid walk fundraiser at 8am

    October 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ooh! Am gonna love this ;) As many if you, I believe firmly in the old adage, "If you left it at home, you have no use for it".

    October 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Mmmmm... Burro burgers

      October 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I thought they taste like chicken?

      October 22, 2013

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