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Dec 21, 2011 13:54 |  #1

I recently purchased a flash that was wrapped with gaffer tape and have heard that everyone should have a roll. What are some interesting things you have done with gaffer tape?


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Dec 21, 2011 14:29 |  #2

I use gaffers primarily to hold down backdrop paper to the floor and use as a stage marker.

i also keep small pieces on every hood and on the bottom of my camera just in case I need it for something.

also have 2 pieces in an X pattern holding on the eye pieces of my 1D bodies b/c for some reason, they fall off so easily so I jsut keep them secured with tape.

but I have multi-colored tape to helf identify my equipment when its in loose during a shoot.


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Dec 21, 2011 14:43 |  #3

pretty much i'm using the same way DisrupTer911 is using. one of my buddy cover up all the logo/brand name of his equipment w/ gaffer.

whatever you do, dont tape up your todder/kid and posted on youtube/facebook. you will get busted.


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Dec 21, 2011 15:46 as a reply to  @ johnlo's post |  #4

If you have to ask, Gaffa tape is not for you .
It's a creativity thing . ;)




  
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Dec 21, 2011 15:53 |  #5

This could be the longest thread on the site.


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Dec 21, 2011 16:31 |  #6

johnlo wrote in post #13580236 (external link)
one of my buddy cover up all the logo/brand name of his equipment w/ gaffer.

never understood why people do that? are they embarassed shooting a canon or whatever brand that they have to hide it?




  
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Dec 21, 2011 16:40 |  #7

It's great for when my wife nags me...............


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Dec 21, 2011 17:50 |  #8

MeNiS wrote in post #13580896 (external link)
never understood why people do that? are they embarassed shooting a canon or whatever brand that they have to hide it?

Some professionals do it so they are not tied to one brand in public. Some people just do not want people to see what expensive equipment they are shooting with. Some events do not allow brands to be advertised. There are a multitude of reasons for it.


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Dec 21, 2011 18:08 |  #9

7D_Sniper wrote in post #13581208 (external link)
Some professionals do it so they are not tied to one brand in public. Some people just do not want people to see what expensive equipment they are shooting with. Some events do not allow brands to be advertised. There are a multitude of reasons for it.

You forgot the main one: it makes wannabes look/feel like they're badass photojournalists :rolleyes:


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Dec 21, 2011 18:41 as a reply to  @ LowriderS10's post |  #10

I like gaffer tape for a bunch of duties. I like that it's sticky like duct tape but also doesn't leave any sticky goo. It's helpful for providing protection as well, if you get the brandname versions that are thicker than normal.

My camera used to be pretty covered in tape for protection but now it's bare. I did find that covering the lens and body saved me a few times from scratches.

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Dec 21, 2011 21:49 |  #11

I've taped down my mode dial, on/off switch, and diopter wheel.




  
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Dec 22, 2011 17:58 as a reply to  @ toxic's post |  #12

I used to tape lights onto the walls of location motion picture sets. BTW that's how the tape got its name. A gaffer was the nickname of a lighting person on a mopix set.

The advantage of gaffer's tape over tape such as duct tape is that the gaffer's tape will not leave a residue on the surface to which it is attached.


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Dec 22, 2011 19:42 |  #13

Little off-topic...but I have a folding bike I love...however, when folded, certain parts of it hit the bike itself, that I was planning on wrapping in hockey tape while transporting to avoid paint chips...would gaffer's tape work just as well or better? Where do you guys get it from?


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Dec 22, 2011 20:14 |  #14

johnlo wrote in post #13580236 (external link)
one of my buddy cover up all the logo/brand name of his equipment w/ gaffer.

MeNiS wrote in post #13580896 (external link)
never understood why people do that? are they embarassed shooting a canon or whatever brand that they have to hide it?

I dont get it either. People try to rationalize it by saying it stops people from stealing.... But, do you know of ANY cheap camera thay does not have a logo/name on the camera? So this must mean it is an expensive camera in disguise! Making it MORE of a target! After all nobody tapes up a cheap camera. Theves are smart a lil bit of tape is more of a "steal me" flag than it is a deterrent. And evidently they are smarter than some of the owners I have seen with tape all over the body.... yet still have the D3X in bright yellow on the strap.


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Dec 22, 2011 20:56 as a reply to  @ Mark1's post |  #15

Most everything on movie sets including deodorant, shampoo, cars and even the type of soda being consumed is sponsored. Anything else usually has no label or gets covered up to prevent lawsuits from unauthorized use. Which is why you almost never see brand names on liquor bottles or cigarettes. When you see paparazzi in movies the prop cameras usually have no branding but if they do it's a real camera and was sponsored. For added realism they may have some shiny object similar to a logo on fake cameras but it's made up and not based on real world brands.

I use gaffers tape on my lens hoods to protect them from breaking and scratches. It works pretty well and has saved me more then once from cracking a hood. Also use to create snoots and such from heavy paper which then gets fully wrapped in and out to make it durable and hold shape. Some use it on the floor to hold down wires since it wont leave residue and comes in many colors that will blend with different environments.




  
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