Being a photographer means you are always on the go - your office is essentially wherever your work brings you. Our photographers use the tag #mygettyoffice on Instagram to show us where in the world they are.
Some think my office is too small, measuring only 14 inches wide, 21 inches tall and about eight inches deep. But if it were any bigger it just wouldn’t work.
My office is a Think Tank Airport International rolling case and it holds the jigsaw puzzle of gear I take with me to the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, the State Department or any of the other numerous places I work on a daily basis in Washington, DC.
Shooting assignments in my nation’s capital is like going through airport security five times a day. I’ve had to learn to streamline and organize my gear, making it easier to get cameras, lenses, computers and other tools through the numerous security checkpoints that stand at the threshold of every government building.
My rolling case and backpack fit perfectly on x-ray machine conveyor belts and I’ve even found a belt buckle that doesn’t set off the metal detector so as to save myself a few seconds of time.
Now, if I could only figure out how to keep police bomb-sniffing dogs from stomping on my laptop and smudging my lenses with their wet noses every time they search my gear then I’ll be in great shape.
This level of portability is liberating. My Getty Office is ready to go anywhere at any time. It’s a snap for me to set up a workstation in the ornate halls of the U.S. Capitol building, in the back of a speeding passenger van that’s part of President Barack Obama’s motorcade, or in a cow pasture overlooking the funeral of former South African President Nelson Mandela’s funeral.
And if spot news takes me away from those comfortable confines then my backpack holds an extension cord, power strip, plug adaptors, a HyperJuice external battery charger and the Canon battery chargers for both the 5D Mark III and 1DX. And the addition of Mifiportable broadband hotspots and WFTs have made the speed of transmission near instantaneous.
Sure, this stuff weighs a ton, but I’ve got everything I need no matter what the day throws at me.
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