Repurpose a stroller as the ultimate mobile location lighting assistant

Nov 23, 2016

David Hall

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Repurpose a stroller as the ultimate mobile location lighting assistant

Nov 23, 2016

David Hall

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For those of us that work solo and generally have no assistant, it’s always difficult to move around town with a lot of gear. I’ve tried pull carts, backpacks, roller bags… all work fine but still somewhat limited in my opinion and heavy.

I went on Craig’s List and found this Jogging Stroller for $40. It’s actually in great condition. I did have to replace one inner tube on one of the back tires (~$6), but other than that, it’s in fine shape.

I then went to Home Depot and found a down spout for $6 and tie wrapped it into the cart. I’ll look for something a bit more permanent over the holiday’s when I have more time. But, the concept seems to work just fine.

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I have my lightstand with Profoto B1 and a 2 x 3 softbox attached. I simply slip the lightstand into the down spout…uh, I mean Lightstand Holder  and the cart moves with little effort.

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Large tires make this a nice all terrain cart. My full camera bag sits where the baby used to sit. I now can carry all my prime lenses, and strobe plus a sandbag should I need to anchor my lightstand when it’s off the cart.

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Also, I can extend the lightstand and use it in place. If I’m on solid ground. Just set the brake on the jogging stroller, extend the lightstand to the height I need, and I’m off.

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Lower back down when I’m done with that location.

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If I need to take the lightstand out of the sheath, simply lift it out of its sheath and set it up like I normally do.

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So, what you do think? What other modifications can you suggest? Let us know in the comments.

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David Hall is a lifestyle and headshot photographer based in Pensacola, Florida. You can find out more about David and see his work on his website or Facebook page. Images used with permission.

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8 responses to “Repurpose a stroller as the ultimate mobile location lighting assistant”

  1. Eva Duve Creel Avatar
    Eva Duve Creel

    YES

  2. Laurent Roy Avatar
    Laurent Roy

    Great for local shooting (ie where you go with your car) ! :-)
    Not sure when travelling by plane…

    1. Philip Ryan Mooney Avatar
      Philip Ryan Mooney

      When traveling with a stroller (as long as you have a baby), you can check a stroller, car seat or even high chair for free.

    2. Laurent Roy Avatar
      Laurent Roy

      I guess it depends on which company you’re flying…

  3. Philip Ryan Mooney Avatar
    Philip Ryan Mooney

    Lol that’s actually not too bad. I wish ours had large wheels, it would make a great dolly.

  4. David Hall Avatar
    David Hall

    I never intended to use this for air travel. I just use this for local photoshoots here in my hometown. I guess you could take it on an airplane. It would be no different than any other checked stroller. But, for my purposes, I’ll just load it in the back of my car and take it out while I’m shooting locally.

  5. Alexander L. Harris Avatar
    Alexander L. Harris

    and you can weird people out by walking around with it talking about “your precious baby” :-D

    1. David Hall Avatar
      David Hall

      lol… exactly. I’ve already told someone I’m carrying four babies in this cart. Their names are 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 105mm! :-)