Here’s a Friday Funny for you guys with a heavy dose of irony.
As a wedding photographer, I’m constantly looking over at my off-camera flashes during reception time. It’s pretty common for one of the little ones to bump into it and as the night continues and the drinks keep flowing it’s likely that Uncle Bob is bound to boot one of the legs and knock it out of position. No biggie, since I do my best to secure my light stands with one of my bags, but often I find myself re-positioning them in areas with less foot traffic. Upgrading my setup from $100 off camera-flashes to 3 Canon 600ex-rt speedlites I’m more aware than ever.
The video below, filmed just down the street in Seal Beach from our Orange County studio, shows a reporter professionally avoiding an on-set malfunction. As she reports on sandbags being placed in the area to avoid flooding, one of the scrims held by a C-Stand most likely not secured by a sandbag, falls on her head. Thankfully she was not hurt during the report and she gracefully signed off as one of the onset crew positioned it back into place.
So if there’s something to be learned from today’s Friday Funny, it’s always secure those light stands! Fellow photographer from our studio and senior editor for SLR Lounge, Matthew Saville first taught me this trick to use extra gear bags to secure those lightstands. So, if sandbags aren’t something you want to carry around, use your MacGyver skills and weigh down those light stands with the bag and extra gear you don’t normally use for receptions. You’re wallet will thank you when your expensive flash avoids being knocked over.