Technical preparation for a shoot
If you are hiring a camera kit it is prudent to check it all thoroughly in sufficient time to return any piece of equipment for exchange or maintenance and still have sufficient time to comfortably make your first call time on location.
It must be said that if you are hiring from a reputable company there is only a very small likelihood of your finding any problems but if you, or your camera assistant, haven’t checked everything then you only have yourself to blame if you arrive on location with faulty equipment.
First set up the tripod; check it fits the spreader and look for any signs of the damping fluid leaking from the head joints. Next, check that each damper setting works ...