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Select Model Studios

Posts: 802

Tempe, Arizona, US

I have always been a natural light shooter. I have a few lights, but rarely use them. I recently moved from PA to AZ. And now I'm out here, there is never a cloud in the sky. So I'm looking to pick up this Glow Reflector and sun scrim Panel from Adorama with a C Stand. My question is what else is needed? What connects the panel to the C Stand?

https://www.adorama.com/glrpsc5578k.htm … roductPage
https://www.adorama.com/fplsc.html?rfkref=productPage

May 23 20 07:50 am Link

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tcphoto

Posts: 916

Nashville, Tennessee, US

I would probably use two C Stands and a couple Super Clamps to hold the scrim in place.

May 23 20 09:02 am Link

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G Reese

Posts: 796

Marion, Indiana, US

+ a few sand bags if it's outdoor. :-)

May 23 20 09:14 am Link

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LightEnough

Posts: 33

Washington, District of Columbia, US

You will need 2 heavy duty stands, 4 to 6 clamps  and 4 sandbags. The don’t have to be C stands.  Regular folding leg kind is more portable n compact.  The Adorama house brand C Stand is a very good price AND good quality too.  Clamps can be generic ones from a hardware store.  Think about getting a plastic milk crate to keep the sandbags n clamps together in one kit.  The wind will put a lot I mean really a whole lot of force on the screen. Think about sailboats —. In Arizona ironically enough.

Do not put sand in a sandbag. Sounds funny, but most of my sandbags kind of ooze out super-fine dust when I handle them. Even the ones with fine small sized landscaping pebbles in them. If I did them again I would look for x # of small flat steel plates or lots of cheap nuts & bolts. No dust!!!!   Practice setting it up on a windy day. You will be surprised.

You can take a smaller step in the same direction with a handheld large piece of foam core from an art supply store or a big insulating board from a building supply house. Then you need a helper for sure. You will most likely need a helper with the fabric panels you have in mind anyway.   That kind of setup will add a lot to your photos. Which are already very nice BTW.

May 23 20 09:37 am Link

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Warren Leimbach

Posts: 3188

Tampa, Florida, US

What connects the panel to the C Stand?

https://www.adorama.com/glrpsc5578k.htm … roductPage
https://www.adorama.com/fplsc.html?rfkref=productPage

The 55x78 panel appears to have a center bar with a pin.

The pin fits into a gobo head, typically on a C-stand.

As others have suggested, it's a big sail and it will catch wind.  You can get by with one stand (with one or two sandbags) while the bounce panel is low and supported by the ground.  When you raise it higher and all the weight is on the stand, you will want abundant ballast, and a helper keeping a steady hand on it; or a second stand (also with plenty of balast) or alternately ropes and stakes as a tie down to keep it from twisting around in the breeze.

May 23 20 12:45 pm Link

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Mark Salo

Posts: 10794

Olney, Maryland, US

LightEnough wrote:
Do not put sand in a sandbag.

Aquarium gravel works fine.

May 23 20 12:51 pm Link

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Frozen Instant Imagery

Posts: 4056

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

One of my local stores sells sandbags filled with metal offcuts - I think many of them are circles punched from the middle of washers. Heavy and dust free unless you get them really wet, then they can rust :-)

May 24 20 03:08 am Link

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Eric212Grapher

Posts: 2604

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

LightEnough wrote:
Do not put sand in a sandbag.

If you do, buy the playground sand, not beach sand. To avoid dust, use a sandbag with a plastic sort of liner or fill a baggie inside the sandbag.

Mark Salo wrote:
Aquarium gravel works fine.

Home Deport/Lowes - pea gravel or small river stones is much less expensive. If you are worried about stone dust, rinse the pebbles, and let the sun dry them out before bagging them.

One of my sandbags is filled with pennies. Why? Why not?

btw, I also use some tent/canopy bags, as they easily wrap around the center pole, and were must less expensive than photography sandbags. Not as high of quality, but I use them for both photography and a pop-up tent/canopy.

May 25 20 06:03 am Link

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GRMACK

Posts: 5258

Bakersfield, California, US

Select Model Studios wrote:
I have always been a natural light shooter. I have a few lights, but rarely use them. I recently moved from PA to AZ. And now I'm out here, there is never a cloud in the sky. So I'm looking to pick up this Glow Reflector and sun scrim Panel from Adorama with a C Stand. My question is what else is needed? What connects the panel to the C Stand?

https://www.adorama.com/glrpsc5578k.htm … roductPage
https://www.adorama.com/fplsc.html?rfkref=productPage

Read in the reflector's Q&A for this answer:

Shopper  how do you mount this to a c stand?
Michael D  The frame includes a swivel mount that has a 5/8" socket which attaches directly to the top section of a c stand. Please email us at [email protected] for more info.


Still, that is a large sail for desert afternoon winds.  I've had smaller umbrellas bend aluminum telescopic light stands in half.  That or just go airborne. Tying them down with tent ropes and stakes is a possibility too and maybe less likely to tip over even with sandbags lower down.

May 25 20 08:03 am Link