Double Backup

Here’s a quick little tip for you. Can you identify the photo above? No? It’s just a piece of gaff tape. But it’s a piece of gaff tape you’ll find, in various colors and configurations, on many of my gear bags. I’ve got one on the back of my light kit (that’s what you’re seeing here) as well as one inside my grip case and one even taped to the top of my camera bag. I do it for two reasons. One, gaff tape is always handy to have around. A spare six inches of tape might be just what you need in a pinch, and so keeping it taped to my bag is good practice, just to be safe, for when I’m shooting on location. The second reason is even more of a lifesaver. I also tape a spare CompactFlash card beneath each strip of gaff tape. You know those old CF cards that you stop using because they’re only 1 or 2 or 4 gigs? Those cards are the perfect thing to stash for those "just in case" moments when you’d trade your kingdom for a card. So that’s what you’re looking at: my dual backup system—gaff tape and a CF card. You can never have too much of either.

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