STEPHANE RINALDO GRASSO

First up, a gear list…

When I realized that I’d be moving somewhere TBD in 2018 with my diplomat fiancée, I immediately started thinking about the sort of photo / video documentary kit I should build to be completely self-sufficient and prepared for the worst in a country with limited technical ressources. 

After a bit of researching (and after finding the excellent Shotkit), I soon realized that there were a lot of gearlists out there, but none tailored to my needs so I started an exhaustive one myself (because I love lists). 

Given that I think about this next big step in my life almost daily, I thought it only appropriate to share this list as the first blog post on my new journo website.

This obviously isn’t JUST a wishlist; I own some of this (details in another post!) but figured I’d be as exhaustive as possible.

Here we go…


PHOTO KIT

  • A memory card wallet 
  • A non-branded camera strap. Why? It’s hard staying discreet with a bright red CANON logo on your shoulder. I prefer classic soft neoprene straps that I can wrap around my wrist (which is where it spends most of its time on my person)


VIDEO KIT


FILTERS

  • UV filters for all lenses
  • Vari ND filters, for shooting video with a shallow depth-of-field in daylight.
  • Clear filters


SOUND

  • Cheap earbuds that you can lose.


CAMERA ACCESSORIES



LIGHTING


DATA MANAGEMENT


EXTRA ACCESSORIES

  • A water filtration bottle
  • A solid headlamp
  • An unlocked smartphone
  • An tactical / waterproof smartphone case 
  • Gaffer tape
  • A heavy duty L bracket


FOR CONFLICT ZONES

  • A gas mask, ideally a full-face air purifying respirator
  • Gas mask backup filters
  • A black or blue bulletproof vest (avoid tactical colors)
  • Ballistic plates, level IV protection for your vest
  • A Kevlar helmet
  • Ballistic protective glasses
  • Press credentials
  • Conflict-Zone training. A must. Here’s an Atlantic article with a few resources.


MEDICAL

  • A Portable medical kit containing bandages, needles, medicine, tape, etc.
  • A Tourniquet
  • QuikClot — used to treat gunshot wounds
  • Extra bandages
  • Electrolyte powder
  • Malarone
  • Just go to your travel Clinic 


ISOLATED / OFF THE GRID


TRANSPORT


I’m still figuring this out so anyone reading this should def let me know if you have any suggestions.

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