7 Tricks for Keeping Your Camera Equipment Organized

first_img3. Sectioned BagsYou don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a good sectioned camera bag. These bags offer greater flexibility because they can be changed and manipulated to accommodate your individual needs. Be sure to get one with velcro sides that allow you to change the layout of the bag at will. I’m a big fan of the LowePro bags for their durability.4. Velcro Cable OrganizersVelcro cable organizers are a great way to manage your cables on-set. You’ll be able to easily identify cables by their color (very useful on long cable runs), as well as keep them tidy during storage.5. Tackle BoxFrom adapters to microfiber wipes it can be extremely difficult to keep up with all the small pieces of equipment necessary for making a film/video. Instead of simply throwing all of your small parts into a random zipper in your camera bag try using a tackle-box instead.  I recommend getting a tackle-box that is 1) clear and 2) has moveable dividers (will better accommodate different sized gear).7. Get a Card WalletLosing a memory card can be one of the most heartbreaking experiences for any filmmaker. Instead of going through this awful ordeal purchase a memory card wallet. These storage cases will also keep your cards safe from the elements (some even have weather resistant seals). Make it a habit on set to ALWAYS add a used card to your memory card case when you pull out a new one. This will ensure you only have out the card that’s currently being shot on: no lost cards.7. Labeled Lens CapsGot a bag full of lenses? Labeled lens caps make it easy to quickly grab the right lens from your camera bag, as they are labeled with that lens’ focal length. Brands like LensBling make versions of these caps, or you can easily create your own by labeling the caps you’ve got.Labeled lens caps also make it easier when you are working with production assistants who might not know an 85 from a 24.Have any other tips for staying organized on set? Share in the comments below. Clean up the clutter with these 7 tips for staying organized on set.In the chaos that is a film set it can be difficult to stay organized. When your attention is torn between directing, cinematography, or whatever else the shoot demands, it’s hard to keep track of all your equipment. In the following post we will take a look at 7 of my favorite ways to keep equipment organized on set.1. Label MakersLabeling your equipment is THE #1 best way to stay organized on set. By purchasing a cheap label maker you can guarantee your equipment doesn’t go home with someone accidentally. You can also color-code the labels to correspond to respective bags. For example, if you have a lens with a green label your crew will know to put that equipment in the green labeled bag. There are tons of ways to utilize labels for your individual purpose. Label makers are cheap…use them to your advantage.2. Make an Equipment ListYou should have a record of all the video/film equipment you own (for insurance at the very least!) Organize this list by equipment type (camera, lighting, audio, etc). Next, modify this master list into a checklist with two checkboxes next to each piece of equipment. Print off a new version of the checklist each time you head out on a shoot and check off each piece of equipment you’ll be taking with you.This checklist serves two purposes:1.What type of shoot is it and what equipment will it require? By going through the checklist you’ll be able to quickly ascertain what you need and what you don’t. Add a check to the first checkbox each time a piece of equipment gets packed. By going through this list you’ll minimize the chances that you’ll show up to the set without a crucial piece of gear.2. When the shoot is wrapped go back over the list, this time adding a check to the second checkbox when you verify that you have each piece of gear. This will minimize the chances that you’ll leave gear on set or confuse it with someone elses.last_img read more

The Best Part of Selling

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Producing results is more interesting than selling. The outcomes produced after someone buys are infinitely more interesting—and more fulfilling—than the sale itself. You don’t get accolades from your client for having won their business. You get accolades for producing results.Helping people move their business forward is better than selling, too. The ability to help someone generate a result that improves their business is better than selling. Your clients don’t refer to you as a trusted advisor because you are a salesperson. If they call you that, it’s because you earned it by helping them improve their business. If you earned that title, it is because you cared, a lot, about them.Caring enough to help other people solve problems is always personally rewarding. In sales, it’s also professionally rewarding. One of the best parts of selling is using your resourcefulness to generate breakthrough ideas. One reason to build your resources and business acumen is because you care about the people who are your clients. You see them as more than clients. You see them as people you want to help.Developing yourself personally and professionally is a byproduct of sales. It very well may be the very best part of selling. Selling requires more of you than most things, especially when it comes to being accountable for results. That growth prepares you to be successful in other areas of your life. Undoubtedly, it is one of the best parts of selling.The chase is exciting. The struggle brings out the best in you. And, there is nothing like winning a hard-fought battle (especially a competitive displacement). But the goal of selling is helping your clients produce a better result than they could produce without you. Getting better results for them is what proves that you care. It is what makes you a trusted adviser. That is the best part of selling. It’s why we sell.last_img read more

Parties gear up for post-poll scenarios

first_imgWith polling for Lok Sabha 2019 ending on Sunday, political parties in Maharashtra have called all their MLAs, sitting MPs and candidates for meetings on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the possible scenarios that may emerge afterresults are announced on May 23. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) core committee will meet on Monday, while all its MLAs, MPs and candidates in Maharashtra will meet in Mumbai the following day. Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said, “This is a regular meeting. We have called the elected representatives on Tuesday. We are confident of a majority; there is no question of us getting panicky.” He reiterated that BJP-Shiv Sena combine will win up to 45 of the 48 seats in Maharashtra. Sena leaders, on the other hand, have been asked to remain in their constituencies. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is currently on a holiday in Europe and is likely to return within a day or two. Congress meetingNationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar will in Delhi from Tuesday and will be joined by senior party leaders like Praful Patel. According to party sources, Mr. Pawar will remain in Delhi till there is some clarity on who will form the next government. Meanwhile, the Congress will hold a meeting of all its MLAs and leaders on Monday, chaired by its Maharashtra in-charge Mallikarjun Kharge. State unit Congress president Ashok Chavan said the party will discuss a new group leader in the Assembly, since Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil has resigned from the post and as Leader of Opposition. The Congress will also discuss reports from its candidates about local leaders who worked against the official party candidate. Five Congress MLAs — Mr. Vikhe-Patil, Jaikumar Gore, Nitesh Rane, Abdul Sattar and Kalidas Kolambkar — are under the scanner for anti-party activities during elections.last_img read more