Inside David X. Tejada's Lighting Bags

It's double-feature Friday here on Strobist, where hotshot corporate shooter David X. Tejada has posted two new videos of his go-to lighting gear for shooting on location. Dave's kickin' some good light, as we've seen before, and I always appreciate a peek inside the cases of a talented location photographer.

In the second video, he gets into some of the less common gear he uses, including ready-made, store-bought(!) grid spots for his tricked-out Vivitar 283's. He also uses an an old favorite of mine, the Morris Mini flash.

(Hit the fridge for a li'l beverage, then settle in for part two and some links after the jump.)

Cool beans, Dave. Thanks for sharing.

If you have a killer small-flash location lighting bag, film your beautiful self showing it off and shoot us a link in the comments. We are such geeks for this stuff...


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Blogger J. Beckley said...

Wish someone would make grids for my 580s. I did make the black straw ones, but accidently crushed one by mistake. Cutting straws isn't fun. If I had the smarts I'd manufacture some myself! This guys has stuff that just makes you drool.

September 14, 2007 2:03 AM  
Blogger said...

that was great. those scissor clamps are way cool. i have to get some of those and that black foil type material looks really useful. what is it called, i can't make out the name of it, the audio is not coming out very well on my system?

thanks again, to both of you, for sharing this great info.

September 14, 2007 2:31 AM  
Blogger David said...


I know of someone who is looking into it. And the coroplast grids are not easily crushed.


The black stuff is cinefoil. Moishe includes it in his little DIY kit.

September 14, 2007 7:50 AM  
Blogger Gary Gardiner said...

The Morris Mini flash he shows is the one I used for the Strickland portrait in an earlier Strobist article. I've had mine for ages and although it is rarely used, it is a great addition to a lighting kit.

September 14, 2007 9:07 AM  
Blogger David Tejada said...

Thanks David. Knew something was up with Strobist, my email and flickr messages have gone nuts this morning. Went over to Strobist and saw this post. If viewer like it, I'll try more. Not easy talking to myself, only worry when I answer my own questions. Cheers.

September 14, 2007 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about a neat freak :)))

Boxes inside of bags inside of bags...not to mention the back wall!

I wish I was 1/3 as organized as him!

September 14, 2007 12:51 PM  
Blogger Edwin Morgan, said...


Thanks for the great video. It's obvious that many years of experience went into that location bag!

Look forward to seeing more of your very informative videos.

Edwin Morgan

September 14, 2007 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Udi said...

Just saw this promoted after the Davis X. flick.
doesn't really has to do with lighting, but defiantly off camera flash:

September 14, 2007 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man can he drone on anymore? Where' the Chase Jarvis energy??!!?!?!

September 14, 2007 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Udi, that was priceless!

Strobist Porn!

September 14, 2007 8:55 PM  
Blogger David said...

Uncle Dave is the strong, silent type...

September 14, 2007 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Pamela Vasquez said...

That was awesome...thanks so much for sharing. DROOL is the word! It made me drool. I laughed when I read that post because the word hit the nail on the head.

September 14, 2007 11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where I work, they call the Morris Minis "Jack O' Lantern lights" because the photographers use them to illuminate the inside of pumkins when taking photos for Halloween stories.

September 15, 2007 12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where does one get the vivitar 'variator' to control down to 1/64? i only have the stock one on my 285.

September 15, 2007 1:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where does one get the vivitar 'variator' that david speaks of? the stock one on my 285 doesn't seem as flexible as the one he shows in the second video.

September 15, 2007 1:17 AM  
Blogger Steve Thurow said...

You have to be organised, if anyhing to make sure you don't leave behind a little chord or slave. At the end of each job I inventory everything in my bag, and make sure everything is in its designated space. Then I thank the client and go on my way. The price of little stuff ads up quick, besides you can work more efficently and appear more professiosnal.

September 15, 2007 11:02 AM  
Blogger RandomTask said...

Vivitar 283's have the awesome little add-on VP-1 vari flash adapter, available here at BH

They work great, i use them with two wein peanuts for a some cheap, easy, slaves. Got the 2 283's for free, the peanuts and vp-1's cost me around 60$, and i got a boatload of 283 accessories offa ebay for 15$, gotta love it.

September 15, 2007 3:26 PM  
Blogger Kendra said...

I've been lurking on strobist for a while now, being one of those people who does not have external flash yet (but working on it). This was incredibly informative for me and I really appreacite that you posted it here :) Thanks.

September 17, 2007 6:02 PM  
Anonymous Laird Brown said...

I liked David's idea of using an aluminum "space blanket" as a lightweight flash bounce. I thought of using a sheet (say, over colored walls in a model home) but it seemed too heavy. A space blanket weighs nothing. I'm going to try it, although I'm concerned the folds and creases may cause uneven lighting.

September 17, 2007 6:34 PM  
Blogger Michael Czeiszperger said...

What was the full name of that wrap stuff? It sounded like "simi wrap", but googling didn't turn up anything, so I must be way off on the name...

October 01, 2007 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's cine foil, he is saying "cine" but it does sound like simi.

October 31, 2007 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all gone :(

November 03, 2007 12:06 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I like the space blanket idea, simply for the size/weight ratio. I've also used some of those fold-up windshield shades before, since one side is typically silver.

December 28, 2007 2:35 PM  
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December 29, 2007 9:35 PM  
Blogger glenn kaupert said...

David, thanks for the vids, nicely done. Have you modified the Novatron grids? I acquired two and can't seem to fit them over my 283's. Any assistance would be appreciated.

February 12, 2008 10:49 AM  
Blogger Matt Gholston said...


Can you tell me where you were able to find the ball heads that you are using which attach to the scissor clamp and superclamp...

I have one of the Justin clamps, and like that ball head, but don't believe that they sell that part seperately.

I would like to find a couple of these to be able to use with my lighting bag...


April 09, 2008 2:36 PM  

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