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Mobile Photography Cart

PDH7981PDH7981 Member
edited November 2016 in news & discussions
For those of us that work solo and generally have no assistant, it’s always difficult to move around town with a lot of gear.  

I’ve tried pull carts, backpacks, roller bags… all work fine but still somewhat limited in my opinion and heavy.  I went on Craig’s List and found this Jogging Stroller for $40.  It’s actually in great condition.  I did have to replace one inner tube on one of the back tires, but other than that, it’s in fine shape.

I went to Home Depot and found this down spout for $6 and tie wrapped it into the cart.  I’ll look for something more permanent over the holiday’s when I have more time.  

But, the concept seems to work just fine.  I have my lightstand with Profoto B1 and a 2 x 3 softbox attached.  I simply slip the lightstand into the down spout…uh, I mean Lightstand Holder J and the cart moves with little effort.  My full camera bag sits where the baby used to sit.  

I now can carry all my prime lenses, and strobe plus a sandbag should I need to anchor my lightstand when it’s off the cart.

Also, I can extend the lightstand and use it in place if I’m on solid ground.  Just set the brake on the jogging stoller, extend the lightstand to the height I need, and I’m off.  

Lower back down when I’m done with that location.  If I need to take the lightstand out of the sheath, simply lift it out of its sheath and set it up like I normally do.

So, what you do think?  I hope to use this for the first time tomorrow.  I’ll let you know if I encounter any unforeseen issues.
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  • Besides the fact I am wicked envious you have a Profoto B1, this is really something! What happens to the "lightstand holder" when you have to fold up the cart and put it in the car?

  • Neil vNNeil vN Administrator
    Perfect for solo mobility!

    Thank you for sharing. 

  • Thanks Neil!  I'm looking forward to using this tomorrow on a portrait shoot.
  • Thanks druno.  The cart actually still folds.  I just lift the "lightstand holder" up, as it's not tightly secured, then collapse the cart.  I am still in the discovery phase.  My next revision will be to have a hinged section so I don't have to move the holder.  
  • TrevTrev Moderator
    edited November 2016
    Hey Dave,

    That is an interesting idea. I was thinking an old golf buggy, but that does not give the area for a large camera bag, it would be awkward to strap to it, but this idea, yep.

    You'd have to pick your battles though if windy with such a large softbox attached and wheeling it around, you would end up in my backyard in Oz scaring the kangaroos. :)

    Another thing, it would be so so easy to position the softbox on subject without having to lift the stand and placing down again, if using in trolley's 'sheath' just a quick movement of the stroller to position to the perfect spot and away you go, top idea if by oneself.

  • Trev.. thank you sir.  If that wind blew me over your way, we could finally have share a meal and a beer together!!  Well, I'm gonna give this a try tomorrow and see how it goes.  I hope to use it on the cart as much as possible without having to take it off.  The less I have to lift it, the longer in the day I can go... I ain't gettin' any younger!
  • TrevTrev Moderator
    edited November 2016
    Dave, your original post, I bet you copied and pasted from another post somewhere, I too get those 'odd' breaks in the lines even though it looks right if I copy some text from anywhere on the web. I checked Facebook and saw you initially must have posted in there, but copied that for this thread.

    I fixed it so it's a bit easier to read, hope you don't mind.

    How to fix it.

    If you copy some text, open Notepad, paste into there, paragraph it like you want, then copy *that* again and post in the comment box and it's as you saw it in Notepad.


  • TrevTrev Moderator
    hmmm.... just noticed Dave in your post on Tangents Facebook someone else mentioned a golf buggy, but I do think your option would be the way to go.

    Also ain't getting any younger, and my camera bag alone weighs around 12kg (26.5lbs) ouch. Luckily it's a 'roller' type, but hard yakka in sand, long grass.

  • Thanks Trev for fixing my paragraphs!!  I'll try Notepad next go around.  

    I recently purchased the Think Tank Airport Navigator (seen in picture) and love it. Inside, I have a D810 and four primes, Sigma 35 f/1.4 ART, Sigma 50 f/1.4 ART, Nikon 85 f/1.4 and Nikon 105 f/1.4 and then a few other miscellaneous items like a cleaning kit and my hoodman eyeloupe.  I'm guessing all together, the bag weighs about 20 lbs (~9.1kg).  So, not too bad and it rolls.  But the lightstand, with B1 and softbox weighs around 10 lbs or so and is very bulky.  A lot to lug around for a couple of hours!  So, I'm hoping the cart will be a back saver for me. 

  • One quick update... just got back from a shoot downtown.  The cart worked flawlessly.  I covered twice the ground I would have covered had I been carrying all of my equipment.  This gives me more backgrounds to work with enabling me to have more options with my images.  I do need to secure everything a bit more permanent as the zip ties are temporarily holding things in place but there was some wobble... which can be easily corrected if I just purchase a more sturdy anchoring system for my lightstand holder.  Here's a quick picture of my setup with the model.  
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  • TrevTrev Moderator
    edited November 2016
    Looking good Dave, the setup that is, the model's not my type :)  and glad it worked great for you.

    Definitely something I will have to look into myself.

  • LOL... yup, not my type either but, hey, you take care of everyone, right? Next time I'll take a pic of the beautiful blonde next to my cart. That should make you feel better!! :-)

  • Hey... I'm published :-).  DIY Photography ran my article on my photo cart.  Check out the article here:

  • TrevTrev Moderator
    Love it. Do you have a Patent on it yet Dave. hah!

  • Neil vNNeil vN Administrator
    Nice one getting published on DIY photo. 
    I assume you were in touch with Udi?  He's a nice guy. 
  • lol Trev... nope. Not much to patent really.  

    Thanks Neil... I was contacted by John Aldred, a writer for DIY. 
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