Chase Jarvis SHORTS: Pimped Photography Van

Heading into a recent commercial job in San Diego, we were a little underpowered. Our staff Digital Asset Management guru, Dartanyon, was tied to the studio on some other business and as a result we needed some more DAM muscle on the road–and quick! A phone call later, our problem was solved…

Enter stage right: The Digital Capture Systems pimped-out digital photography uber-van. Enter stage left: a new video series titled Chase Jarvis SHORTS, where I’ll share some short, behind-the-scenes and off-the-wall tidbit videos that might be of interest. To get photos and the details about this cool pimped-out photography van, click the ‘continue reading’ link below…

Digital Capture Systems is: a couple of burly MacPros, a handful of big ol’ 30″ displays, a whole bunch of redundant storage, a ton of tech widgets and wingdings, a savvy guy who graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography (Carson) to run the ones and zeros, and a totally pimped out, enviro-friendly custom Dodge Sprinter van to haul it all. Not only did the van help with our digital assets, it also helped out with wardrobe and gave us on location editing just minutes after we nailed a particular shot. I applaud these Digital Capture Systems guys on their uber-van concept, and I love the business they’ve built around it. They did a great job on our gig, and I chatted with my friend Vince LaForet who just used them as well, and he said everything went really well. Here are a few behind-the-scenes snapshots from our week working with them:

Several of us jammed in there reviewing files from one of the days.

Late night review in the van.

Owner Carson Blume working on his laptop on the roof.

Carson working.

Van stocked with the wardrobe for the evening. I swear that little van can hold a TON of stuff!

Seems like every major city should have one of these things!

Lastly, if you like this video, click around over here —->> in the margin to find more interesting vids. And stay tuned for lots more Chase Jarvis: SHORTS coming soon.

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49 Responses to Chase Jarvis SHORTS: Pimped Photography Van

  1. JustmEagain June 18, 2008 at 11:33 pm #

    Ok, I want one.

    That van is the shizzle!

    Nice vid.

  2. Jim Goldstein June 18, 2008 at 11:37 pm #

    I’ll take 2! In this day and age one always needs a backup when talking digital :) This is a very sweet setup. I wonder if photo pimping your vehicle will be the next fad versus pimping out the audio in your car. In all seriousness I’m green with envy on this setup.

  3. Danno June 19, 2008 at 12:23 am #

    God I love the idea of showing boxer shorts. awesome.


  4. Scott Kennedy June 19, 2008 at 3:33 am #

    that’s a sweet setup!
    nice to see the AdventureSKope hat flagging the ocular lenses too!

    take it easy Chaser and keep the fantastic content coming!

  5. Eric June 19, 2008 at 5:38 am #

    Where is Hannibal, BA and Face?

  6. The Little Hotties Team June 19, 2008 at 8:23 am #

    i think you should transform the denali to be a mobile photo SUV, especially with a couple 30’s…and maybe a few 40’s too, but only for the stevens shoot.


  7. Gary June 19, 2008 at 8:46 am #

    Chase, I know you covered it in a previous post but the fact that Carson let us eat bruschetta and drink negronis in his bazillion dollar setup was pretty cool too. Thanks, Carson!

  8. bohocrush June 19, 2008 at 10:39 am #

    what a magical looking operation. must be so wonderful to feel so mobile and so free. and thank you carson for making it so environmentally friendly. great touch, thanks for the love!

  9. Richard Cave June 19, 2008 at 10:54 am #

    Beats my car hands down, with 3g dongle hanging out the window, wacom tablet on the steering wheel and laptop on the passenger seat.

    You get a hell of crick neck after reviewing all those shots. Fast food wrappers are a neccessity as well.

    Sleeping system is the back seat.

    Definately want one of those vans.

    I can see Chase spending some money on his own DAM vehicle

    Dartagn A***e Mover LOL


  10. Anonymous June 19, 2008 at 10:55 am #

    Wouldnt it be funny if when the shorts come of the camera lens there was this little hair?


  11. TnT June 19, 2008 at 12:36 pm #

    The short vid concept is cool, Chase. I love the variety in your stuff from long and informative to short and entertaining and everything in between.

    Thanks for all your efforts and sharing!!!

  12. ingalbraith June 19, 2008 at 4:00 pm #

    fly as hell

  13. sno June 19, 2008 at 5:07 pm #

    dang that is sweet, and eco friendly too! cool idea for business.


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  14. Jake June 19, 2008 at 5:23 pm #

    I second Gary’s negroni comment…Carson, you’ve got balls letting people drink those with all of that equipment lying about!

    My favorite image was seeing Carson up on top of that van, clinging to the solar panels, whilst wiping them crystal-clean with windex and a paper towels!

  15. Chuck June 20, 2008 at 4:19 pm #

    FYI. As much as i love the blog, I often catch up on reading using my cell phone (in this case Moto Q PDA) anyway when reading the blog there is no ‘continue reading’ button.
    I.ll catch up when i get in front of a computer.

  16. udi tirosh June 21, 2008 at 7:15 am #

    As always, great video.
    I wonder if you can fit the van into this
    I bet it wont be a “shorts” video ;)

  17. Sandi June 21, 2008 at 6:45 pm #

    very interesting setup

    i must say, im impressed!

    to fit enough gear that would be better suited for an entire mobile home into one oversized van is a feat in itself nevermind dong it well!


    by the way… “shorts”… clever. I like it. I look forward to more of these :)

  18. dartkanion June 21, 2008 at 8:32 pm #

    Hi Chase!

    Really appreciate your Internet presence, but don’t you think you might look a bit like touting (especially Apple)? I mean, their displays are pretty average and calling them “super sweet” is an overstatement. They’re OK, but not as good as Eizo’s ColorEdge CG301W.

    Besides, where’s some huge WiFi antenna that would capture shots off the air? I mean, the company is called Digital Capture :)

    Generally, the van is mildly impressive if you compare it to the TV and film industry stuff. Sure the realms are different, but I’d expect more from the “pimped van”, especially in the area of connectivity.

    After all, it’s really fun to watch your videos, so keep making them! :)


  19. Richard Cave June 22, 2008 at 1:55 am #

    David Hobby found the video above, makes me chuckle as we have all been there!


  20. Chase Jarvis June 22, 2008 at 11:07 am #

    @ dartkanion: I know what you mean when comparing this van to TV stuff, but what this van should really be compared to is that most photographers roll like this on the better end of things, and like this on the worse end of things …so having the DCS van is almost otherworldly ;)

  21. Josh June 24, 2008 at 11:24 am #

    Cool video but how about showing some of the shots you were getting?

  22. J. for J.A.M.M. June 25, 2008 at 1:00 am #

    Ok… Are you some MacGyver or something like that? Each time I watch a video from you, it drives me crazy!!!

  23. Adam June 27, 2008 at 10:59 pm #

    This van rocks! I love it, Carson keep on pimpin’…

  24. RVDS June 28, 2008 at 1:41 am #

    I SOOOOOO want one!

  25. Carson Blume June 29, 2008 at 9:32 pm #

    Thank you everyone for the kind words, and than you Chase and Cody for the vid, it rocks of course, . I would be a hypocrite if I did not let people eat and drink in the van since we spend the better part of our days in it.

    Gary, we will be back in SD the 3rd week in july, Drinks?

    It was such a pleasure to work with Chase and the crew at, Chase Inc!

    dartkanion: I chose the apple monitors because they are economical for the size and pass the savings on the the clients, our van is almost never the final word before the press, plus we work by the numbers. We actuality have a ColorEdge at the office for final proofing, and as far as “touting apple” its, a. for good reason, and b. I think Chase is just showing what we have.

  26. Anonymous June 30, 2008 at 10:44 am #

    Chase, your shirt says SECURITY. Who you running security for ?

  27. Frank Doorhof July 6, 2008 at 2:05 am #

    OMG that is sweet.
    I normally run my laptop from the car but this opens a whole new dimension :D

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