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                   Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 2:21PM

Portable cameraman shelter

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After years of standing outside shooting video in the rain and snow for hours at a time, I decided that this winter I was going to do something to make the job more comfortable. I posted a thread on a TV photographer message board and got a wealth of information on all sorts of mini-tents and shelters on the market. The mini-tents for the most part looked nice and would do the job, but were a little too big, expensive ($150-$200), harder to set up and store, and very conspicuous. I finally stumbled on an idea after looking at one of my halogen work light stands - and here is the result. Shower curtain $10, umbrella $10, Hardware from Lowe's $15.

I did a field-test of this 'shelter rig' today in the rain at the Fort Hill overlook, and it worked as expected. I'm looking forward to staying warm and dry during snow events this winter!

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