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01-12-2017, 06:48 AM   #1
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Best way to anchor a lightstand in wind?

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What is your method of anchoring lightstands when working where you have to move them frequently? I know you can use sandbags. I was thinking of how to implement a solution of using tent stakes where it would not be messy. I thought of using a retractable cord with a stake that could be attached to the lightstand. Preferably compact like a id badge holder, but the cord would have to be 10 feet. Something like a dog leash, but more compact. Googling, I found this, perfect, but too expensive for me. Dog N Roll Saddle Leash - 4x4 North America

What do you folks do?

01-12-2017, 08:13 AM   #2
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I haven't taken light stands outside much yet, but I've often considered tent stakes. I really like the three sided aluminum ones. Tey're small, light and don't bend like the regular ones. Instead of 10 foot lines, what about a line directly underneath, or three short lines in between the three legs. If the lines are tight, I imagine it could hold it. Perhaps try different methods in the backyard?
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I haven't tried this, but since I have so much of it around, I'd probably try something with tent stakes and bungee cord.
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I prefer to use a human. When one isn't available, sandbags are your quickest and most effective option. What are you mounting (umbrella, softball, bare flash, etc)?

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Strobist: Against the Wind: Keep Your Light Upright

Sandbags, Voice Activated Sand Bag Stand-in (Human), Weights, Equipment bags, etc.
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I usually don't even use a stand, I usually have someone hold either a softbox or a diffusion panel. In my last session though, I did not have a helper and was having a lot of trouble with the light stand blowing over. With cheap Yongnuo flashes I was not as concerned, but just sprung for a Godox AD360, so don't want to take chances.

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Sandbags, Voice Activated Sand Bag Stand-in (Human), Weights, Equipment bags, etc.
Thanks, I actually did see that just before I posted. I do need to utilize my equipment bags better. Also, I think using stakes would be effective, but when moving from one location to another, I could see myself trying to save time and leaving them attached to the stand, and having the cords get tangled, etc. That's where I thought of the retractable cord idea. That dog leash product I linked would be perfect if the cord was 8ft and it was under $20.
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I have used weights with my pop up tents at outdoor events but the leg configuration is different.
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Bringing an empty bag and just filling it with objects around the shooting area might be a way. Fill it, use it, empty it, pack it, and move to next location. You could put it in another bag when packing it to avoid soiling any other packed items.

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Bringing an empty bag and just filling it with objects around the shooting area might be a way. Fill it, use it, empty it, pack it, and move to next location.
Blades of grass, idle children, other people's camera equipment, litter and trash, stray birds.
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You could bring a couple of empty water bottles if you were going to a populated area (buildings, people).
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