I really, really like Velcro cable ties. My photographic existence more or less depends upon them! In addition to my camera bag and video camera bag, my other essential bag that travels everywhere with me is my laptop bag. As a working photojournalist (and web videographer) I’m frequently working out in the field remotely, shooting and transmitting images or video back to another location. Between these three bags, I have lots and lots of cords and cables, all of which are critical to how I do my job. Today for instance, I was shooting video all day and used: a set of headphones (with long cord), an ethernet cable, two firewire cables, a couple of USB cable/cords, a 25 ft. audio cable….the list goes on! And the only way I have any chance at all of keeping this stuff straight (both literally and figuratively) is with Velcro cable ties.
I buy these in two sizes at Home Depot: the eight inch size and the 15 inch version . The eight inch size is great for all of the small cables and cords: ethernet, firewire, etc. I use the longer ones mostly with my big strobe equipment, keeping my strobe, sync and power cords organized.
Finally, I use cut-up Velcro with my small pack of light balancing gels, paired with the mating pieces on my portable strobe heads for easy on/off usage.
So if you haven’t already done so, buy yourself a couple of packs of these Velcro cable ties and spend a half hour getting yourself organized. I promise you won’t regret the investment!
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