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Jun 30, 2008 01:32 |  #1

I tried searching around for similar posts before asking but... How do you prevent your lighting setups with umbrellas and reflector stands from blowing away, falling, or moving on a mildly windy day? I hear about sandbags and what not but I have a very portable setup since I don't drive here in the city... it already kills me carrying the 13' stands on top of everything else. For lighting I'm using 2x 580EX on pocketwizards, two 13' stands, two umbrellas (a 36' and a 48') and a 5 in 1 reflector + holder. Any alternate solutions?


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Jun 30, 2008 04:04 |  #2

An assistant helps :)

You can try heavy duty tent pegs over the feet or legs of the light stands, but an open umbrella presents a lot of surface area.

What about shooting at a different time of day, when there might be less wind?


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Jun 30, 2008 08:08 |  #3

An assistant helps

I've found that at least two BIG ones are better? :D

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Good tip! Sandbags can be really "iffy" for that.


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Jun 30, 2008 10:54 |  #4

I had this same issue the other day and would love to hear some ideas--I ended up having to keep my foot on the base of the umbrella's stand and couldn't get very far off axis from it (luckily it only ended up being about a 4 minute photo shoot with a friend so it was no big deal, but the umbrella almost broke on its way down once...)


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Jun 30, 2008 12:57 |  #5

Pegs don't work very well on concrete, and the areas we shoot are pretty much all in the city streets... I guess sandbags or an assistant are my only option >.< It's hard to get an assistant though, that I can trust anyway.


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Jun 30, 2008 13:41 |  #6

an assistant it also more expensive than a tent peg or sand bag... Unless you have a willing significant other around...




  
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Jun 30, 2008 15:48 |  #7

Chosenbydestiny wrote in post #5821461 (external link)
Pegs don't work very well on concrete,


Dyna bolts work well, they are just difficult to recover.


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