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So you think you're ready for anything? Maybe you've got extra batteries and tape but what about all those little doodads and thingamabobs that can make or break a shoot? Here's a quick look at what should be in everyone's grip bag.
AC prong adapter - Some older building have two-prong outlets. Have several three- prong adapters with you at all times.
Aluminum foil - for creating a makeshift reflector, thick foil on a piece of cardboard can't be beat.
Black wrap - This is incredibly useful stuff. It's a heavy aluminum foil-type product that has a matte black finish and is perfect for flagging stray light either directly on the fixture, on a stand or even wrapped carefully around the camcorder lens.
Box-O-Connectors - If you don't already have a tackle box full of evidence from too many trips to Radio Shack, then you should at least have a small box of assorted connectors. Remember safety comes from thinking like Noah; bring two of everything male and female.
Clamps - Spring clamps, available at most hardware stores, are perfect for securing flags or cookies. Get a variety of sizes and at least two of each size.
Cord - Various lengths of rope, cord, string, even fishing line will give you all sorts of options when you need to secure small stands, flags, or products in odd positions.
Extra audio and video cables - They always seem to go bad without warning, so have at least one extra cable for each type you plan to use in the field.
Flashlight - If you need to fish a stray piece of gunk out of your camcorder, you'll want to see what you're doing. The more powerful mag lights can even be used as mini spotlights when overall light levels are not too intense.
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