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Old January 8th, 2009, 05:56 PM   #1
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Any "tricks of the trade" you want to share?

I'm new at this so I don't have much to contribute...but one product that I have and Love is my Lens Pen. It has a hard felt/rubber like piece on one end to really clean your len and a soft brush on the other end to "dust" off your lens.

Any things you can't live without?
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Old January 8th, 2009, 06:09 PM   #2
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Old January 8th, 2009, 06:09 PM   #3
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Electrical tape for quickly taping mics to podium stands.

Leatherman tool for fixing stuff on the go.
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Old January 8th, 2009, 07:50 PM   #4
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gaffers tape to fix everything from A to Z including my pants not long ago (don't ask)
my GPS, my large coffee and my cigarettes ;-)

Oh yeah I also can't be without my cameras and other associated gear when I shoot a wedding

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Old January 8th, 2009, 08:10 PM   #5
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My 2nd shooter Kourtney :->. Sometimes I shoot alone, but it's always more fun when working with another.

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I wouldn't leave home without my bogen monopod
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Old January 8th, 2009, 09:24 PM   #7
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A friend of mine who shoots as well has an interesting take on this. He always packs multiple small items that could be of use to the client. Things like bandaids, safety pins, a mini sewing kit, etc.

He says he can't count how many times he comes off as a hero when some little disaster strikes and he's there with the fix.
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Old January 8th, 2009, 10:18 PM   #8
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A friend of mine who shoots as well has an interesting take on this. He always packs multiple small items that could be of use to the client. Things like bandaids, safety pins, a mini sewing kit, etc.
I do this too! Started it last year and its amazing how many times I have had to restock my supplies because they are used! People remember that sort of thing too... and for some reason this year, I have had the majority of bride's bustle break part way through the reception. I have saved the day on a bunch of them!

To answer the original question... I can't do without my GPS because my sense of direction sucks, my LitePanels and my backup Sony HDR-HC3... just recently I had to use it!
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Old January 8th, 2009, 11:18 PM   #9
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Duct tape..

Oh yeah, and a spare shirt!!!
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Old January 8th, 2009, 11:36 PM   #10
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Old January 9th, 2009, 12:50 AM   #11
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Dental wax for setting up ring shots, I also always keep a few extra tripod plates in the car. I like the idea of having a small sewing/ safety kit as that would have came in handy more than a few times in the past year.
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Old January 9th, 2009, 12:51 AM   #12
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The best "trick" I would say is to make sure you leave NOTHING left to prepare on the actual day of the shoot. I make sure everything is out and ready including shirts ironed the day before. I've been burned a few times with small, missing items and hate the stress of a last-minute Home Depot run on the way to a shoot! :)
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Old January 9th, 2009, 06:56 AM   #13
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Charged battery and fresh in for the wireless stuff. Plenty of new batteries and tapes. Always have a backup audio because people will tolerate bad or poorly lit image if the audio is good.
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Old January 9th, 2009, 07:08 AM   #14
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yes... Speak softly and carry a big stick... ;)

Bring your lens cloth and keep it on you to keep your lens clean.
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Old January 9th, 2009, 08:40 AM   #15
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This is my comfort zone:

1. Head Cleaning Tape
2. Extra tapes
3. A box full of connectors ( BNC to rca, XLR M-F, F-M, etc. But that's just being me having come from an AV background).
4. 1- 100 foot extension cord, 2 -25 ft extension cord & 1 100 feet RCA to RCA cable
5. Gaffer tape
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