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Leo Edwards Photography
Posts: 419
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Hi All

Just curious as to what everyone is lugging with them when they travel internationally to shoot?

Pro's con's etc
Jan 29 13 12:26 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sylvain Denis
Posts: 74
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US


I travel with camera flash only if I can, don't always like to bring studio lighting all over.

2x SB-910 with one SB-800

I use the 800 with diffuser on model with 2x 910 as rim lights remotely or one on towards the background..
Jan 29 13 12:32 pm  Link  Quote 
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Flick
Posts: 1,576
London, England, United Kingdom


Until Bowens updates the Pioneer system, I ave to admit the Elinchrom Quadrant looks very handy
Jan 29 13 12:35 pm  Link  Quote 
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Robb Mann
Posts: 10,008
Baltimore, Maryland, US


Elinchrom just updated their Ranger Quadra system to take lithium ion batteries. Took 2lbs off the weight of an already compact true 400ws system. Can get a US or international
Charger.
Jan 29 13 02:36 pm  Link  Quote 
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-JAY-
Posts: 6,286
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


I pack a dozen speedlites.
Jan 29 13 03:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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Garage Photography
Posts: 273
Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Elinchrom Ranger A/S
Jan 29 13 03:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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Mike Collins
Posts: 1,748
Orlando, Florida, US


Leo Edwards Photography wrote:
Hi All

Just curious as to what everyone is lugging with them when they travel internationally to shoot?

Pro's con's etc

To shoot what??  I shoot portraits on location and take my Alien Bee's with me wherever I go.  If I had to do the same type of shoot overseas I'd bring them as well along with all my other equipment. 

But if it was just a wedding, probably a handful of speed lights. 

Your answer will vary according to the needs of the shoot.  Obviously.

Jan 30 13 03:23 am  Link  Quote 
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PW Productions
Posts: 3,106
Mount Kisco, New York, US


Mike Collins wrote:

To shoot what??  I shoot portraits on location and take my Alien Bee's with me wherever I go.  If I had to do the same type of shoot overseas I'd bring them as well along with all my other equipment. 

But if it was just a wedding, probably a handful of speed lights. 

Your answer will vary according to the needs of the shoot.  Obviously.

ABs aren't set up for dual voltage, though. You'd have to get a transformer or a set of ABs for 220V.

Jan 30 13 03:49 am  Link  Quote 
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afplcc
Posts: 5,971
Fairfax, Virginia, US


Leo Edwards Photography wrote:
Hi All

Just curious as to what everyone is lugging with them when they travel internationally to shoot?

Pro's con's etc

I'm on the road at the moment.  I have with me:
--1 SB600
--2 YN-460's
--1 portable softbox and stand (it's a cheap stand)
--1 reflector
--a couple of swaths of cloth (that can serve as props or scrims/modifers of some sort
--1 diffuser that fits on the SB600 or YN-460's.

It's rare that I travel with the portable soft box.  And sometimes I'll leave 1 YN-460 at home.  But I'm almost always traveling with 2 speed lights, a diffuser, some cloth, and a reflector for any trip that is a day or longer.

Ed

Jan 30 13 04:21 am  Link  Quote 
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David M Russell
Posts: 1,085
New York, New York, US


I've taken my Profoto Acute2 lights around. Dual voltage and the system is pretty universal, so you can always rent mods without too much trouble.

I'm also a big fan of what I call my "mini-kit". It's a bunch of speedlights, small stands, umbrellas, softboxes and other small modifiers in a rolling carry-on size case. (The stands go in a small tripod bag.) It's amazing what you can do with a few little strobes.
Jan 30 13 04:38 am  Link  Quote 
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Z_Photo
Posts: 6,902
Huntsville, Alabama, US


oops- misread.  nevermind
Jan 30 13 04:44 am  Link  Quote 
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You Can Call Me Pierre
Posts: 738
Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Vagabond mini & ABR800 with grid and moon unit accessories.
Jan 30 13 06:19 am  Link  Quote 
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Dan OMell
Posts: 1,335
Charlotte, North Carolina, US


in some areas you're forced to travel on foot all the time, and each gram counts --
portable LED lights with regular batteries and 5-in-1 collapsible reflector

if you have the right camera, you can easily shoot amazing frames by positioning 5-7 regular candles (pretty portable! and stick to walls, trees etc) around at the total darkness.

I hide all labels on my cameras, lenses and strobes by covering them by black gaffe tape. sometimes I even wrap my camera into a big handkerchief when shooting -- I don't like to be immediately recognized as a professional shooter. I don't dress up as an  American tourist either.

don't transport candles and batteries with you, buy them abroad. I also use the hotel bedsheets to soften the window light
Jan 30 13 06:23 am  Link  Quote 
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ArtisticGlamour
Posts: 3,846
Phoenix, Arizona, US


Haven't been International, for years...but for GrandCanyon/Sedona/etc.

http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g461/TyPortfolio/packkit.jpg
Jan 30 13 06:51 am  Link  Quote 
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KA Style
Posts: 1,549
Syracuse, New York, US


Haven't traveled internationally but have traveled within the states. I pack whatever will fit in my carry on, even for my clothes. I try to never check a bag/suitcase if I dont have to.

Usually my mini soft box, a stand, speed lights, and my camera gear.
Jan 30 13 07:05 am  Link  Quote 
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Mortonovich
Posts: 5,257
San Diego, California, US


Well, not quite a Pelican case, here's my portable light kit.

My kit consists of a WL-1600, WL-1200, 4 Pocket Wizards, 2 Lumedyne 200's (packs and heads), power cords, extension cords, reflectors, two lite weight stands, two umbrellas, a small softbox for the Lumedynes, a bunch of cine foil, clips, tape and some other odds and ends.

To haul it around I use a hard shell golf club case. I riveted in some straps to hold things in their respective halves of the case. To cushion all the lights, I got some foam sheet and then kinda layed everything in place. Then I got some of that foam insulation spray and used it to fill in the gaps squirting it between the case and the foam. It looks kinda ghetto and I could probably be more efficient with space usage but it was supposed to be just a temporary thing. But it's worked so well at holding things in place that I've just left it.

The case fits perfectly sideways in the bed of my Toyota and I can lock it to the bed for a little piece of mind on lunch stops.


http://www.chipmorton.com/golf-case.jpg
Jan 30 13 07:29 am  Link  Quote 
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Kaouthia
Posts: 3,152
Lancaster, England, United Kingdom


Leo Edwards Photography wrote:
Just curious as to what everyone is lugging with them when they travel internationally to shoot?

Depends on the needs of the shoot.

Sometimes it's 4 SB-900s and 24" softboxes, lightweight stands.

Pros : Weight
Cons : Power

Sometimes it's Bowens monolights, 4ft octaboxes, 86" parabolics, heavy duty stands and big battery packs.

Pros : Power
Cons : Weight

Jan 30 13 07:37 am  Link  Quote 
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ArtisticGlamour
Posts: 3,846
Phoenix, Arizona, US


ChiMo wrote:
Your post...(Golf Case)

Excellent for airlines too, low key and unobtrusive. Doesn't scream out "Camera Equipment!". Although it could get "tossed around" by airlines staff.

I did the same "custom foam" job with a Sampsonite hardside carry-on from the thrift store for $8.  It may not be a Pellican Case, but it's less obtrusive and does the job. With foam and rivits it was about $20 to build. The loaded camera backpack (shown) fits nicely inside, and between the backpack and the foam-hardcase...it's pretty well protected. I have a smaller carbon tripod that actually fits inside as well...extra protection when I fly/tourvan
http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g461/TyPortfolio/images2.jpg

Jan 30 13 12:11 pm  Link  Quote 
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DEHphotogaphy
Posts: 80
Washington, District of Columbia, US


The Ranger RX, Speed AS and Ranger Quadra.
Jan 30 13 05:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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DDPYLS
Posts: 3
Knoxville, Tennessee, US


There's nO simple answer. It depends on where, what you're shooting and how you're traveling. I used to travel for one client internationally and would be out as many as 13 weeks a year traveling to different locations / cities / states / countries every day or two for a week at a time. This was in the film days too when I shot everything medium format or large format. Of course times are different but I lugged an average of 16 cases everywhere. Sometimes I had a assistant and sometimes not.

In today's world of travel where it's a pain in the butt to fly anywhere I would look to rent if its requires more than hand held strobes in or near the city I'm traveling to. The last time I carried my own gear my assistant and I flew to Baltimore for a architectural shoot for a big network. My excess baggage charges alone were over $2000 plus tickets. That's nuts!!!

Now rental is the best option if I'm going to be anywhere near a good size city.

Now if you're just shooting a single person you could tuck 2 or 3 small moonlights and light stands and umbrellas in a bag.

My main lighting is 8 speedotron force 10's and some Norman 2000 gear. If I'm going light duty and just shooting a small setup I have 5 alien bees that make a nice small and lightweight kit. Not much power there for large areas but up close and personal they're great. The thing I like about them is I can put a soft box on one and push it within a foot of a person and at minimum power I can shoot ISO 50 wide open and get some beautiful shallow dof.

Of course if you go the alien bee route you will need small transformers.
Feb 02 13 05:25 am  Link  Quote 
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Al Lock Photography
Posts: 15,803
Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand


Elinchrom BRX500

They voltage switch
Feb 02 13 06:02 am  Link  Quote 
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Instinct Images
Posts: 22,465
San Diego, California, US


ArtisticGlamour wrote:
Haven't been International, for years...but for GrandCanyon/Sedona/etc.

http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g461/TyPortfolio/packkit.jpg

What kind of models are you shooting that requires you to carry pepper spray?

big_smile

That looks like a pretty nice travel setup.

Feb 02 13 05:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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photosbydmp
Posts: 3,808
Shepparton-Mooroopna, Victoria, Australia


4x cn160 led lights powered by 4 plugs and adaptors that will run from 110-240 volts in au/hk/uk/usa and two compact tripods with two compact light stands, they and most of my gear fit in a cricket bag.
Feb 02 13 05:55 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jens Look Photography
Posts: 28
New York, New York, US


Can be anything from nothing (rental at location) to some big studio generators.
Most jobs I do with two Profoto Acute B2 Lithium with an Elinchrom Deep Octa, Profoto zoom, Profoto Magnum and a ringflash.
For smaller ones or when I just want to use onboard luggage just one of the Acute B2 plus the 27.5" Rotalux Deep Octa and a zoom reflector.
http://www.jenslook.com/temp/onboard.jpg
Feb 03 13 09:13 am  Link  Quote 
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David Nelson Photograph
Posts: 345
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, US


gl-amour wrote:
Vagabond mini & ABR800 with grid and moon unit accessories.

I agree with Vagabond mini, when I shoot on location anywhere I always bring along the mini and a couple of AB 800's and a couple of shoot through umbrellas (occasionally a beauty dish).

Overseas, I'd bring a couple of speedlights,

Feb 03 13 09:22 am  Link  Quote 
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Speedlight87
Posts: 22
Eugene, Oregon, US


I have Canon, so I use 3 speedlights "600EX-RT" radio triggered. Lightwieght and compact but a little pricey.
Feb 03 13 10:05 am  Link  Quote 
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ArtisticGlamour
Posts: 3,846
Phoenix, Arizona, US


Instinct Images wrote:
What kind of models are you shooting that requires you to carry pepper spray?

big_smile

That looks like a pretty nice travel setup.

Thanks, II! It's a self-protection from jealous escorts thing! lol


Seriously, most of my shoots are outdoors, with at least a 1/2 mile "off the road" type of location. So, in all seriousness I bring it for various animals around the Sedona area (backwoods trails, and such), and for urban/street photography (dogs, crackheads, etc) around the industrial/urban areas here in town.

Feb 03 13 11:52 am  Link  Quote 
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Legacys 7
Posts: 33,773
San Francisco, California, US


David M Russell wrote:
I've taken my Profoto Acute2 lights around. Dual voltage and the system is pretty universal, so you can always rent mods without too much trouble.

I'm also a big fan of what I call my "mini-kit". It's a bunch of speedlights, small stands, umbrellas, softboxes and other small modifiers in a rolling carry-on size case. (The stands go in a small tripod bag.) It's amazing what you can do with a few little strobes.

This.^

Feb 03 13 01:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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kentam
Posts: 7
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China


Remember to check with the Airline about the baggage / carry on limit of big battery i.e.: li-on battery for power pack... otherwise you may stuck in the airport. And mess your schedule.
Apr 03 13 10:49 pm  Link  Quote 
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-JAY-
Posts: 6,286
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


-JAY- wrote:
I pack a dozen speedlites.

Someone bumped the thread, I'll update my post.

Just upgraded to 15 speedlites. All YongNuo.

Apr 03 13 10:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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Legacys 7
Posts: 33,773
San Francisco, California, US


Profoto, dynex and another that I can't think of right now.
Apr 04 13 10:38 am  Link  Quote 
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liddellphoto
Posts: 1,800
London, England, United Kingdom


Jens Look Photography wrote:
Can be anything from nothing (rental at location) to some big studio generators.
Most jobs I do with two Profoto Acute B2 Lithium with an Elinchrom Deep Octa, Profoto zoom, Profoto Magnum and a ringflash.
For smaller ones or when I just want to use onboard luggage just one of the Acute B2 plus the 27.5" Rotalux Deep Octa and a zoom reflector.
http://www.jenslook.com/temp/onboard.jpg

I have the acute B2 also, which bag is that?

Apr 04 13 10:48 am  Link  Quote 
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