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What's In My Travel Bag?

Jessica Dimmock

Use Your Photography Skills to Master Videography

Jessica Dimmock

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10. What's In My Travel Bag?

Lesson Info

What's In My Travel Bag?

I wanna talk quickly about kind of how I travel. Cause some of this is about being mobile out on the streets, but some of it is also like, you know, you need to be able to get on a plane and go with gear. I showed you how I set it up, so I don't necessarily have to take it apart for you, but basically in my travel bag it's not a very complicated thing. It's a couple of lenses, we're gonna talk about lenses tomorrow, so I won't go through them. But it's like this, the one on my camera, maybe one more, it's you know a couple of batteries plus their chargers that are with me, there's this external recorder that we're gonna talk about tomorrow, but that goes in my bag, a set of lav kits, yeah, a set of lav mikes, that go in there, and we're gonna talk about sound tomorrow. I've got an eyepiece in case I wanna be zooming in closer to my viewfinder, and then I basically take my camera off of the shoulder rig. Everything here goes into my Pelican. The risky thing about this situation is that,...

in my experience, and this is very like, you know, by trial and error, and is not necessarily a hard and fast rule, but all you need is one TSA officer to disagree with you. In my experience, I was having a lot of difficulty getting through TSA when this was in my carry on. So I, in addition to it just being really heavy. So what I've done was I've started to take my camera off, everything goes in here, but my actual shoulder rig part goes in my checked luggage, because I was finding that going through TSA with this, they were giving me a little bit of a hard time. The great thing is that you're not walking around with an extra, you know, 10 pounds or so worth of stuff while you're going from place to place. The bad thing is that if your luggage is lost, there goes your like whole stabilization system, but just wanna be honest about it. All of that goes Pelican case, nice and you know easy to use. Everyone knows these are made as a carry on size, this is super durable, you know, obviously you can see it's gotten beat up and coffee spilled on it, and you know it's been used as a picnic table, clearly, as well as a bag, and they also make for great kind of apple boxes. So a common thing when shooting video is to wanna be able to like be a little bit close to the floor, not totally squatting, necessarily, or not necessarily in a height of a chair either, and I find that the Pelican for being out their shooting, also gives me a bunch of opportunities to just sit on it and shoot something at this, also being able to use your body as that kind of human tripod that I was talking about, at any time is great, I mean, this weight back here and the kind of configuration of this, does make it a less tiring option, but like it still tiring to walk around with 25 pounds of weight on your shoulder. So being able to be in a situation where I can do something like that is super helpful. I can shoot an interview this way if I wanted to, I think interviews should go on tripods, normally, but I can do this, and I have. You can also sit this thing up. This is kind of often a great height if someone's in a chair and you don't necessarily have one. oh, right over there there's an apple box. They're kind of everywhere, but the Pelican in addition to being a great way to kind of get things around, people also use backpacks and kind of you know wheelie bags and things like that, the Pelican, I feel like can double up as you know a tool that you can use in the field, which is always very helpful.

Class Description

Just because you’re a photographer doesn’t mean you can’t shoot compelling video. If you have a digital SLR, you have the equipment. If you’re a photographer who loves to tell captivating visual stories, you have the passion and the necessary skills. It doesn’t matter whether you want to create powerful short films about global issues or take videos of your friends on vacation: all it takes to start being a successful videographer is strong photography skills.

Join VII Agency photojournalist Jessica Dimmock for this class, and you’ll learn:

  • How to storyboard to create a strong narrative
  • How to properly capture sound and voiceover while on a shoot
  • How to shoot for an editor and to think with the edit in mind
Jessica has traveled the world in the pursuit of powerful stories. Her work has been published in publications like the New Yorker and Time, and has been exhibited in galleries around the globe. Her skill with a camera allowed her to pivot into videography, where she created music videos, short projects and feature films. Becoming a filmmaker as well as a photographer opened up a new form of media for her stories - and doubled her day rate. Draw in new clientele and start expressing your creativity in new ways!  

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a Creativelive Student

I have been waiting for a course like this. Purchasing it was a no-brainer. Taught by an accomplished professional in the field, with a strong track record of high level work, Jessica Dimmock, I feel, is exactly the type of instructor Creative Live should be giving air time to. I have watched other Videography classes on Creative Live, and this was the first one that I felt was worth purchasing due to how much info was being shared, in a very methodical, easy to follow (but not dumb downed) fashion.

a Creativelive Student

This class has left me feeling very encouraged and inspired about getting into videography. Jessica has made some great work, in her short career with video, and was able to share what she learned through those experiences. She started out as a photographer and has now incorporated video into her skill set and it seems to have expanded the diversity her opportunities and has enriched what she produces and shares with the world. I look forward to doing the same thing in my own way. Thanks CL for another wonderful class.


Simultaneously broad and deep, the information Jessica covers and the way she delivers it really give you the feeling you can jump into video right away. Professionalism in every area, from prep steps to workflow in the field to clean organization and processing, inspires confidence in the value of her methods. She clearly learned most of this in the field over years of work, which means the rest of us now have a huge leg up on our first projects. Thank you so much!