Last year I was lucky enough to be able to second shoot for Shannon Cronin and it was such a fantastic experience! She is a photographer that I’ve always admired since I met her at the Trevor Dayley Workshop a few years ago. I learned a lot from her, and one thing I learned from her is something I love to share with other people, so I figured it’d be worth sharing here as well!
Sometimes in receptions, especially under tents, it’s really tight on space, yet you typically need light stands set up around the tent. The thing about light stands is that although they’re narrow, the base can take up a LOT of space and leaves a lot of opportunity for guests and vendors to trip over them or knock them over.
The cure? Bungee cords! I bought bungee cords at the dollar store and always bring them with me, in case I have the chance to attach a light stand to a pole! Me, being a total newb, when Shannon gave me some cords to use, I attached the light stand to the pole with the base fully open. The idea is that you don’t open the base, and then use the cords and the poles as the way to keep the light stand stable!
I actually remembered to take a photo of me doing this at a recent wedding so you can see what I mean!
It’s really quite effective and eliminates any chance of the stands getting knocked over! Even if someone were to bump into them, they wouldn’t move because they’re attached to a pole or a beam. I’ve also seen people use bungee cords just to attach their flashes to random fences, poles, gates, etc.
Try it out and let me know what you think!