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Tips & Tricks

A Simple & Inexpensive Trick to Keep Your Light Stand From Falling Over

By Hanssie on June 5th 2014

Shooting outdoors is great until you have to deal with Mother Nature and her unpredictability. A strong (or even not so strong)  gust of wind can bring your light stand, softbox and expensive lighting gear crashing to the ground.

The classic solution is to tie a sandbag to your stand, but who really wants to carry around sandbags in your already overloaded bag? You could bring your own Voice Activated Light stand (aka assistant), but sometimes that is not an option either.

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Enlight Photo shared this trick on their YouTube channel on how to “Steady Your Light Stands Easily and Fast” using your own camera bag (or water bottle). He shows us a simple way to tie the bag to the light stand and keep it steady with a few tools and a simple “Lark’s Head” knot. A simple solution to a common issue.

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About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Mads Helmer Petersen

    Thanks for the advise – much appreciated :-)

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  2. Tyler Friesen

    that is a great idea if you don’t have sandbags

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  3. Tyler Friesen

    great idea if you dont have sandbags

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  4. Matthew Silliman

    I like how the author creates his own clips by just tying the shock cord into loops, to often I think photographers especially the newbies feel they need to go out and spend tons of money on all the latest toys.

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  5. Kurk Rouse

    Nice idea

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  6. Drew Pluta

    Been doing this for years except I go one step easier. I always have carabiners with me as part of my standard kit. Clip a carabiner through a short strap on the bag then directly on the stand post.

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