After shooting along side others, with various bits of gear floating about all over the place between users. I think I have finally found a solution to keeping track of what is yours, and what isn’t!
Of course their may be obvious ways to tell between which kit belongs to who, such as; ‘Tommy has that great big huge dent on the side of his 5D’ or ‘Andrea has a barbie sticker on her 1D C’. But aside from those obvious aspects. I want to share a little trick I use when shooting, to simply make things easier!
Sticky coloured labels!
I buy these in the bulk load, from Amazon or eBay. They are also known as 8mm coloured stickers or sticky labels.
I have at least one of these tiny labels, on every bit of kit that I own. From Camera’s, to lens’, to lens caps, to memory cards, to memory card readers, to flashes and microphones. Even on my Macbook! This ensures me, that I don’t get into any trouble when it comes to ”Who’s 50mm is that then?” Because I know, that all my gear is clearly marked as mine!
To further personalize this, you could put your initials on the sticky label to further ensure you don’t get mixed up, even if someone you’re working with, is using the same colour sticky labels as you are! If they are, then buy them a drink, because the likely hood is, you both follow my blog!
I use the bright orange colour, as it contrasts well with the gear as most if not all is black in colour. Which makes it easy to see. It’s also non-obtrusive to an extent, as really it’s only 8mm’s in diameter! They easily peel off too if you feel the need to change colours every once in a while.
Another trick I use, is applying the sticky labels, to lens caps. This is a must for me! I’m forever loosing them (Well, I was! not anymore). So sticking the labels on a point on the cap which correlates to the ‘IN’ locking mechanism on the cap makes things quicker and easier when I need to switch out lens’ or bodies, quickly and efficiently.
Have fun! And Happy shooting 🙂