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How to Protect Your Gear-and Yourself-When Traveling on Assignment: Part I
Travel Tips

Salt Flats image Jim Haberman
Salt Flats image Jim Haberman captured during an archaeological assignment in Israel.
NYC by John Pringle
New York-based freelance photographer John Pringle has had some harrowing experiences with airport inspectors.
Children in water by Ron Storer
Ron Storer traveled to Ecuador to work with a ministry in a jungle area depicted in Life magazine, the movie End of the Spear, and the documentary Beyond the Gates of Splendor.
Pizza image by  Bill Truran
The studio Bill Truran rented for this pizza packaging shoot was in Fairfield, NJ. All the equipment for the shoot arrived in his Taurus. Thanks to the gurney and some strong straps, he was able to bring it all into the studio in one trip.

"In a few minutes, thieves cleaned out over $10,000 of equipment and got off the bus. In hindsight, because of the problems our lack of equipment created, a taxi—even at that distance—would have been a better option."

Bill Truran, of Bill Truran Productions LLC (, owns a commercial photography studio in the New York City area. To keep overhead costs down, he closed his full-time studio and began to rent for each shoot. Only problem is, this caused logistics problems.

As Truran explains, "Adjusting to different studios is no problem, as long as have our own gear. Problems begin when we have 10-16 cases of equipment on the sidewalk, a car to park, and no way for our assistant to get the equipment off the street and into the studio while I go park the car.

"Our solution was to retrofit a medical gurney like the ambulances use, replacing the tilting bed with a desk surface. Now we pack most of our cases onto the gurney, and strap them on. We push the gurney into the back of our company's Taurus station wagon, and the wheels collapse up and under it. Any additional cases get packed around the gurney.

"Once we arrive at the rental studio, we pull the gurney out and the wheels drop down and lock. We strap the additional cases on top of the others, and my assistant puts all the equipment on one rolling table ready to roll into the freight elevator. All I have to do is drive away, park the car, and walk back to the studio, entering through the front door. One photographer and one assistant is all it takes!"