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Inspiration – When you have to MacGyver Your Lights and Camera

By fotosiamo on November 24th 2013

Mike Kelley posted about on Facebook and I just had to share the hilarity of it all.

One of the big challenges with many photoshoots is how to overcome an unforeseen obstacle. Whether it’s figuring out how to light someone a certain a way or how to mount a light somewhere, as a good photographer and filmmaker thinking on your feet is a valuable skill to have.

Having a roll of gaff tape helps a lot, too. Lots of gaff tape.

Here are some of the more ingenious/memorable ways how camera and lighting rigs have been Macgyvered by photographers, videographers, and gaffers.

ShittyRigs Rain Protection

“Rain protection!”
Submitted by David

ShittyRigs Ran out of Stands

“We ran out of C-Stands but we had AC and a white board. Close enough.”
Submitted by Nach Dudsdeemaytha

ShittyRigs Counterweight

Counterweight? Check.
Submitted by Oleg

ShittyRigs GoPro Timelapse

“Such high-end time lapse photography equipment requires the finest rigging available.”
Submitted by anonymous

ShittyRigs Pillow Bounce

“Pillow bounce, shooting in a hotel room”
Submitted by coldmountainway

ShittyRigs Rigged

“We had nowhere else to put the table without it being in the shot…”
Submitted by Jonas

ShittyRigs Luggage Dolly

“Director wanted a dolly this was what we had.”
Submitted by shirazksaiba

ShittyRigs Pizza Oven

“We were hungry after wrap so we heated up the left over pizzas with a mole-fay.”
Submitted by Ralf Gonzalez

ShittyRigs Ripped Pants

“My producer’s pants ripped.”
Submitted by Anonymous

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So readers, what are some of the creative ways you’ve rigged your lights and camera? Post images if you have them, too!


Joe is a rising fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs. Be sure to check out his work at and connect with him on Google Plus and on Facebook

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  1. Marty

    Great work Joe, appreciate some of the humor in this also.

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