The $4 Upgrade You Should Be Giving to All of Your Gear Bags

Who doesn't love upgrading their gear? (Especially when it costs as much as your morning coffee.)

Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter shares an easy, inexpensive way to make your gear bags easier to unzip, as well as locate when you're not in well-lit areas (like...behind the scenes on a dark movie set). And all you'll need is a length of cheap paracord.

This might not seem like a particularly substantial filmmaking tutorial, but if you think about how often you fumble around with your camera bag, or how much time you spend trying to locate it amongst the other almost identical bags lying around (if you have a lot of gear), then this solution is a lifesaver. Honestly, after watching this I thought, "Ah! Why didn't I think of that?" 

Pick up some colorful nylon cord, scissors, and a lighter and make mishandling gear bag zippers a thing of the past.      

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Really? And you needed a video tutorial to explain this?

June 24, 2016 at 10:20AM

Nicolas Gril

A big part of "experience" is just picking up hundreds of little tips like this, making your life easier.

I know what I'm going to be doing with my gear bags tomorrow...

June 24, 2016 at 9:44PM, Edited June 24, 9:44PM

Artist / Photographer / Scenic

Very much agree.

I would go even further from making your life easier, to making the process a totally enjoyable experience.

Because filmmaking has been such a cost-prohibitive art-form (and let's face it, a Millionaire-driven business), people forget just how much "craftsmanship" in any given art is just as much about the "pleasure" of the process-of-making-something as is the "pleasure" of the final product that's sold, shown, played, published.

The only other art-form that immediately comes to mind as initially cost prohibitive as film may have been (though film towers in comparison), is classical music (where "serious" instruments start at $3K and go all the way into hundreds of thousands of dollars), and again, there, you will find an astonishing lack of pleasure-in-the-process of musicianship in the classical music training culture (it's remarkably business-driven). But the polar opposite is true in the non-classical music culture, from my experiences, around the world, i.e. folk-music, punk, electronic, house, rap, etc.

You want to be challenged by the art, not the gear.

(and of course, they're not mutually exclusive, but that's the exception)

June 28, 2016 at 11:47AM, Edited June 28, 11:48AM