I’ve been asked many times recently what my equipment setup looks like behind the scenes when I shoot a conference, such as last week’s Web 2.0 Summit. I’ve been able to take a few people backstage and show them in person, but that doesn’t scale. Luckily, photos do. Here’s what my setup looked like last week:
It’s not pretty, but it served as my office away from my office for a few days. What you see here is:
- My trusty 17″ MacBook Pro maxed out with 2GB of RAM (alas, it’s not the new Core 2 Duo version).
- An external 21″ LCD monitor provided by the show staff so that I can be a bit more efficient.
- A Lexar Pro high speed FireWire CompactFlash card reader.
- A Monaco calibration puck hiding underneath the external display. This lets me calibrate any device I run across into usuable shape.
- A 100GB FireWire hard drive hidden behind my Mac Book Pro that serves as a backup device.
- A list of all the speakers. The Web 2.0 list was especially nice as it had photos of all the speakers so that I could better match names to faces.
What do I wish I my out-of-office workspace was powered by? Simple answer: A full tilt MacPro loaded up with 4GB of RAM or so, a fast video card, and a 23″ or 30″ Cinema display. That would really help out. It’d probably increase my productivity by a fairly significant amount. But, that’s still a dream for the future. To pull it off will require a bit of research into travel cases and the like. For now, it’s “Have Laptop, Will Travel”.
I hope you enjoyed the peek behind the curtain. Now, it’s your turn. If you’re a road-warrior photographer, what does your on-the-road setup look like? Please use the comments to share some links to photos.