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This video series, from highly respected and road-tested photographer John Harrington explains how he packs and travels with his equipment, from cameras to lenses, light stands to softboxes, and even computers. John interweaves in-studio explanations with illustrations of each pack of equipment in use on assignment.

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This video series, from highly respected and road-tested photographer John Harrington explains how he packs and travels with his equipment, from cameras to lenses, light stands to softboxes, and even computers. John interweaves in-studio explanations with illustrations of each pack of equipment in use on assignment.

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    John Harrington-WHAT WE USE - HENSEL PORTY RINGLIGHT iPod Edition

    John Harrington-WHAT WE USE - HENSEL PORTY RINGLIGHT iPod Edition

    Here is a video segment on the Hensel porty ringlight that we use. Below you will find the transcript of the Video.
    Transcript:
    Hi, I'm John Harrington and we're going to break out and break down the wide variety of equipment we use to deliver images to our clients. Next we are going to show you one of the equipment kits we use when we are traveling on assignment. Each kit is different and has a very specific purpose. So lets take a look.

    This is our secondary porty kit. In it, we have the porty ringlight. The pack has two batteries stored over on this side. The pack is in the middle and the ringlight here on the other side with the cords for it. It's important that you keep this ringlight very protected because the bulb can break and the pack becomes near worthless.

    The pack here is right here in the middle. Again, one of the really great things about the Hensel porties is that they are adjustable tenth of a stop increments digitally. We can plug up to two porty heads in here if we need to. We have a modeling light, audible signaling that the pack has recycled. We can recharge straight from the pack or in an off board charger.

    The pack has a slaving capability so that one pack can be triggered by a handheld flash, power switch. It also has an indicator to let us know how much battery power we have left as we're shooting along so that we know when we need to switch a battery out. __Also, in this porty kit is are sync cord hardwired, so if we had to go hardwired we could. We would actually prefer to direct connect from the ringlight, on the back of the ringlight straight to the camera.

    So that's the Porty ringlight kit, it's also labeled Pack 2 so if we know that a pack goes down, we can immediately go and switch it out to Pack 3, or Pack 1 or whatever pack we're using. And it packs all up nice and neat. And off we go.

    • 2 min
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    John Harrington-WHAT WE USE - HENSEL PORTY RINGLIGHT TV Edition

    John Harrington-WHAT WE USE - HENSEL PORTY RINGLIGHT TV Edition

    Here is a video segment on the Hensel porty ringlight that we use. Below you will find the transcript of the Video.
    Transcript:
    Hi, I'm John Harrington and we're going to break out and break down the wide variety of equipment we use to deliver images to our clients. Next we are going to show you one of the equipment kits we use when we are traveling on assignment. Each kit is different and has a very specific purpose. So lets take a look.

    This is our secondary porty kit. In it, we have the porty ringlight. The pack has two batteries stored over on this side. The pack is in the middle and the ringlight here on the other side with the cords for it. It's important that you keep this ringlight very protected because the bulb can break and the pack becomes near worthless.

    The pack here is right here in the middle. Again, one of the really great things about the Hensel porties is that they are adjustable tenth of a stop increments digitally. We can plug up to two porty heads in here if we need to. We have a modeling light, audible signaling that the pack has recycled. We can recharge straight from the pack or in an off board charger.

    The pack has a slaving capability so that one pack can be triggered by a handheld flash, power switch. It also has an indicator to let us know how much battery power we have left as we're shooting along so that we know when we need to switch a battery out. __Also, in this porty kit is are sync cord hardwired, so if we had to go hardwired we could. We would actually prefer to direct connect from the ringlight, on the back of the ringlight straight to the camera.

    So that's the Porty ringlight kit, it's also labeled Pack 2 so if we know that a pack goes down, we can immediately go and switch it out to Pack 3, or Pack 1 or whatever pack we're using. And it packs all up nice and neat. And off we go.

    • 2 min
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    John Harrington-WHAT WE USE - Video Kit iPod Edition

    John Harrington-WHAT WE USE - Video Kit iPod Edition

    Here is a video segment on the video kit that we use. Below you will find the transcript of the Video.

    Transcript:
    Hi, I'm John Harrington and we're going to break out and break down the wide variety of equipment we use to deliver images to our clients. Next we are going to show you one of the equipment kits we use when we are traveling on assignment. Each kit is different and has a very specific purpose. So lets take a look.

    We are traveling much more now with video equipment, in addition to our still photography. These are the two cases that we use for our video equipment. The industry standard for traveling with video cameras really is the Porta Brace system.

    They just know how to do it like nobody else does. In addition to our Porta Brace system case for our XL1, which you are actually looking at me on now, we also have our Tamrac case which holds our shotgun microphone with our windscreen, some on camera lamps, extra double A batteries and nine volts, an extra tape, another microphone just in case, and an AC converter so that the Canon XL1 can run off of wall power.

    What I can't show you is the Canon XL1 that you are looking at me on, or the HD camera as a down shot, or the Canon Optura 100, which is our cutaway camera right there. These three cameras are varying sizes and capabilities that let us do a wide variety of things.

    In the future, we're going to be adding lipstick cameras which will get you closer to the action and let you see up close and personal, what we do and how we do it. So that's a look at our video equipment that works hand in hand with the audio kits that we use.

    • 1 min
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    John Harrington-WHAT WE USE - Video Kit TV Edition

    John Harrington-WHAT WE USE - Video Kit TV Edition

    Here is a video segment on the video kit that we use. Below you will find the transcript of the Video.

    Transcript:
    Hi, I'm John Harrington and we're going to break out and break down the wide variety of equipment we use to deliver images to our clients. Next we are going to show you one of the equipment kits we use when we are traveling on assignment. Each kit is different and has a very specific purpose. So lets take a look.

    We are traveling much more now with video equipment, in addition to our still photography. These are the two cases that we use for our video equipment. The industry standard for traveling with video cameras really is the Porta Brace system.

    They just know how to do it like nobody else does. In addition to our Porta Brace system case for our XL1, which you are actually looking at me on now, we also have our Tamrac case which holds our shotgun microphone with our windscreen, some on camera lamps, extra double A batteries and nine volts, an extra tape, another microphone just in case, and an AC converter so that the Canon XL1 can run off of wall power.

    What I can't show you is the Canon XL1 that you are looking at me on, or the HD camera as a down shot, or the Canon Optura 100, which is our cutaway camera right there. These three cameras are varying sizes and capabilities that let us do a wide variety of things.

    In the future, we're going to be adding lipstick cameras which will get you closer to the action and let you see up close and personal, what we do and how we do it. So that's a look at our video equipment that works hand in hand with the audio kits that we use.

    • 1 min
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    John Harrington-WHAT WE USE - STANDS iPod Edition

    John Harrington-WHAT WE USE - STANDS iPod Edition

    Here is a video segment on the stands that we use. Below you will find the transcript of the Video.

    Transcript:
    Hi, I'm John Harrington and we're going to break out and break down the wide variety of equipment we use to deliver images to our clients. Next we are going to show you one of the equipment kits we use when we are traveling on assignment. Each kit is different and has a very specific purpose. So lets take a look.

    Hi, I'm John Harrington and we're going to break out and break down the wide variety of equipment we use to deliver images to our clients. Next we are going to show you one of the equipment kits we use when we are traveling on assignment. Each kit is different and has a very specific purpose. So lets take a look. These are a variety of stand types that we've got here. This is a Matthews stand. Here's a Bogen Mini Avenger. Earlier we showed you some stands from our light case, that are the Bogen stands that are compact and tightened down.

    One of the nice things about these Bogen stands is that they're interlocking which means that two stands are much more compact than if they were just stands that were strewn about. When you're traveling, making sure that things stay together and stay tight is absolutely critical. These things pop together, and they connect back together, and lock together. So we have the small version, and the large version.

    Here's a Bogen 3373 stand. It compacts, it's a very nice, very light weight goes into very small spaces, but still works very well. This Bogen Mini Avenger, what we really like about the Bogen Mini Avenger is just how low it will go. It gets very low to the ground. The lower stand that you would get is the floor stand.

    We have another floor stand. This thing allows us to get a light down very near to the ground. This springs all the way out, and it's a low stand, very similar to this one, this one just has a little more stability.

    This is about as low as you can go and still get a stand that folds up, and it's ultra sturdy as well. So we have no problems putting a head on this stand. This Matthews stand, boy it's a great stand. The problem is it's bulky. When you fold this Matthews stands up, it still takes up a whole lot of space.

    Now I want to tell you a little about C-stands. You got to be careful when you're getting a C-stand, because in this situation you have a C-stand that is affixed to the legs. When we were talking about sand bags, one of the things that you really can also do for extra security is to take the strap and run it over the top of this, so that once the vertical pole is in the base of the C-stand. The bag can't come off at all.

    We were telling you about the difference with C-stands. The nice thing about a C-stands that has a removable top is that you can get it in different sizes; so you have a small size, you have a large size. They even get larger than that; you can get very, very large ones. These are about as big a size of a vertical riser as we would want to get and travel with. These barely fit in the cases that we use.
    But boy, these are industrial strength. These are what they on movie sets. We like to use them very selectively when we're out on shoots. When we really need that extra rigidity beyond what a Bogen can provide. But in the case where you are getting a C-stand, I strongly encourage you to get one that has the removable base as opposed to the fixed base.

    Because a base that's this size, while it's a nice stand, it just won't come apart and this dimension here won't fit into a traveling case that you're going to be traveling with for the most part. So that's a little bit about stands.

    • 3 min
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    John Harrington-WHAT WE USE - STANDS TV Edition

    John Harrington-WHAT WE USE - STANDS TV Edition

    Here is a video segment on the stands that we use. Below you will find the transcript of the Video.

    Transcript:
    Hi, I'm John Harrington and we're going to break out and break down the wide variety of equipment we use to deliver images to our clients. Next we are going to show you one of the equipment kits we use when we are traveling on assignment. Each kit is different and has a very specific purpose. So lets take a look.

    Hi, I'm John Harrington and we're going to break out and break down the wide variety of equipment we use to deliver images to our clients. Next we are going to show you one of the equipment kits we use when we are traveling on assignment. Each kit is different and has a very specific purpose. So lets take a look. These are a variety of stand types that we've got here. This is a Matthews stand. Here's a Bogen Mini Avenger. Earlier we showed you some stands from our light case, that are the Bogen stands that are compact and tightened down.

    One of the nice things about these Bogen stands is that they're interlocking which means that two stands are much more compact than if they were just stands that were strewn about. When you're traveling, making sure that things stay together and stay tight is absolutely critical. These things pop together, and they connect back together, and lock together. So we have the small version, and the large version.

    Here's a Bogen 3373 stand. It compacts, it's a very nice, very light weight goes into very small spaces, but still works very well. This Bogen Mini Avenger, what we really like about the Bogen Mini Avenger is just how low it will go. It gets very low to the ground. The lower stand that you would get is the floor stand.

    We have another floor stand. This thing allows us to get a light down very near to the ground. This springs all the way out, and it's a low stand, very similar to this one, this one just has a little more stability.

    This is about as low as you can go and still get a stand that folds up, and it's ultra sturdy as well. So we have no problems putting a head on this stand. This Matthews stand, boy it's a great stand. The problem is it's bulky. When you fold this Matthews stands up, it still takes up a whole lot of space.

    Now I want to tell you a little about C-stands. You got to be careful when you're getting a C-stand, because in this situation you have a C-stand that is affixed to the legs. When we were talking about sand bags, one of the things that you really can also do for extra security is to take the strap and run it over the top of this, so that once the vertical pole is in the base of the C-stand. The bag can't come off at all.

    We were telling you about the difference with C-stands. The nice thing about a C-stands that has a removable top is that you can get it in different sizes; so you have a small size, you have a large size. They even get larger than that; you can get very, very large ones. These are about as big a size of a vertical riser as we would want to get and travel with. These barely fit in the cases that we use.

    But boy, these are industrial strength. These are what they on movie sets. We like to use them very selectively when we're out on shoots. When we really need that extra rigidity beyond what a Bogen can provide. But in the case where you are getting a C-stand, I strongly encourage you to get one that has the removable base as opposed to the fixed base.
    Because a base that's this size, while it's a nice stand, it just won't come apart and this dimension here won't fit into a traveling case that you're going to be traveling with for the most part. So that's a little bit about stands.

    • 3 min

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