tips & tricks

Secret 9V Hiding Place

From: Tom Cassidy, Chief Photogapher, WPIX-TV New York This is a trick/tip for Ultralight users. Ok, you’re a million miles away from the crew car and you of course didn’t bring a run bag. Now it’s time for some MOS or an impromptu presser and the 9V in your TX or RX is flaking out. Well if you use an Anton Bauer Ultralight then simply tilt the light head up…

Cheap Interior Car Lighting

From Tom Cassidy, Chief Photographer, WPIX-TV, New York I stumbled upon a flashlight made by EVEREADY that has over the years become my secret weapon(s) for interior car lighting. The flashlight is about 6 inches long is flat and uses a fluorescent bulb. It will fit in the middle of a steering wheel, in the sun visor, on the dashboard, even on the ceiling. I have put this sucker and…

Cruisin’ with the Windows Down

From: Mark VanDike Chief Photog, WMBB News 13, Panama City, FL Here in Florida with hurricanes and torrential rain, our reporters would have problems coming out of the rainy weather into an air conditioned building. As every photog knows the tape will humidify, and when one starts to edit, the tape jams. What I’ve told reporters here is to drive around with all the windows down and no air on…

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

From: Peter Warren CSC, Freelance Videographer, Ottawa, Canada Here is a great trick for shooting in tight spaces. How many times have you shot some one working on a computer that is right up against the wall. It makes it very difficult to get a face shot. To solve this, I use a mirror (12″ X 15″) I simply place it against the wall at just the right angle so…

Pen Tape Dispenser

From: Zach Love, WLFI Lafayette, IN In an effort to save space in my gear bag I take an old pen and slowly wrap gaffer tape around the pen in loops until I get to about a 2″ diameter. I find if I ever need some tape quickly it is right there and it is a lot smaller / lighter than carrying an entire roll around w/ me everywhere.

Lend Me Some Shade

From: Francis J Juarez Everybody talks about the cold weather, gloves, cold, cold, cold… I film a documentary on Israel, the temperature at 2pm was around 115 and there is no Shadow any where. The cameras start malfunctioning, LCD start melting, so here is my FREE and USEFUL tip: A simple umbrella for the baby strollers, (for the rain, wind etc…), you attach the umbrella to the camera very Easy…

Saran Wrap It

From: Dave Oglevie, Seattle While doing the dishes the other evening I came across an odd piece of semi-clear plastic with a springy wrap that my wife was using to cover a bowl of leftovers. I have always carried a disposable shower cap (taken from various hotels) as a cheap lens cover for when it rains. When you live in Seattle you keep your eyes open for this type of…