Making sure that a photographer and their client can see images in real time is probably the second most important part of my job as a digital tech (after ensuring data integrity). A dedicated client monitor can be one of the most helpful tools that any photographer can have on set. However, sometimes the constraints of location work can make it impractical or virtually impossible to have a traditional wired secondary monitor set up. Whether I’m dealing with a client video village far from set or a fast paced run and gun shoot where bulky cables can quickly become a nuisance, wireless monitor solutions can be a lifesaver.
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Digital techs are expected to be the Swiss Army knife of a photoshoot. We are the de facto go-to person when any technological issues arise, be they with computer, camera, or lighting equipment. wanted to make this list to help techs who are just starting to build their own kits, but a few of the items I carry may be a surprise to seasoned techs as well. If you're just starting out, it is by no means necessary to run out to B&H and Home Depot and buy all of this stuff right away. That said, there are definitely a few essential tools and accessories that you should think about carrying on every shoot. You might already have some of these items lying around, too.