Grip Tools: Pins & Portable Gear
Now a little bit less common to us photographers, compared to maybe filmmakers, are the things that I'm going to talk about next, but you will possibly encounter them from time to time. So the one most common one, these are two different kinds of pins or mount sizes, also called spuds, basically, the one that we're probably going to encounter the most is the 5/8th mount. This is called the baby pin, and here's why I say it's all about legos, right? Because all these things are meant to follow a certain universal mount. This is a baby pin, or baby size. This is what fits in here is. This is essentially the end of the C-Stand. Same size. So is this, okay? This is probably the most common one that you guys are gonna encounter. But every once in a while, when you start dealing with huge movie lights, you get the other end of it, and this is called the junior. And the junior is, because this is an adaptor, so it allows you to convert to both sides, which is, that's the both ends. And so may...
be you get the big light. And if you've ever seen the really big stands, where the top has a mount that has a hole in it. That's where the junior pin goes. So it kind of gives you the reverse mount. Instead of the pin is there, and there's a hole on the fixture, it's the other way. It's a hole, and the thing uses a big mount and drops in, and you lock it too. And that's when you'll encounter the junior mount. Again, you're not gonna see it very commonly, but just know that when someone says, hey I need a C-Stand. Alright, do you want a junior or a baby mount? You know what you're looking for. You're looking for the 5/8ths, or you're looking for the 1 1/8ths. There you go. When shooting location, this is one of my favorite little toys. I learned this from a guy named Cliff Hausner in New York, and he's like, this is one of my favorite portable light stand tricks. This comes in different sizes. This one's a little bit bigger. This is the large size. I use the medium size, which is probably there. Right? It's a little bit smaller. This will extend to here, which is super long. Mine is probably a six-footer. I think this is a nine. This is a painter's pole. You can get this at any home improvement store. You can also buy it on Amazon. It's cheap. I mean, they're between 20 and 40 dollars for one of these. And I actually really like it. I think it's comfortable because of the foam grips. I think it actually looks really, decently professional. It looks like a lighting tool. It looks like something that's not, you're not just holding a big, wooden stick. It's got a button it releases. It fully extends. You can hold the light wherever you want. You tend to, like brace it here. But, the downside of this, is this right here is a regular painter adapter, or painter mount. So, what you will need, is something called a Kacey Pole Adapter. And what that does is that converts this mount into a C-Stand mount. And so it just screws on the top. And so you can now use it with your light stands. So you saw in that behind the scenes image, I was using this with a head with an umbrella, and it was just kind of anchoring it into the shot. It's one of these. I think by the time it's all said and done, you buy a painter's pole, you buy the adapter. 40 or 50 bucks for one. And I think it totally looks legit. I think it doesn't look like you're trying to do something. I've seen other photo brands that try to do a similar thing, and I actually think this is more stable, and more affordable than some of the other ones that I've seen. So, huge fan of this. I think this works really well. And the smaller one will even fit into a full, you know, decent sized suit case. This is a little bit large. Like the small one, side of your backpack, side of your camera bag, and it's a really great way to bring a light on location. In New York, we have to contend with the fact that if you are shooting outside, you need a permit if you're putting down a light stand. So this allows me to not use a light stand because you're not putting legs down everywhere. So it becomes a way that you can run and gun very quickly, and take care of that kind of shooting without as much problems. Very convertible.
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