This question was sent to me via our free Personal Gear Guru service by Tom, asking about stand and boom options for his 7′ Profoto Giant Umbrella.
Q: TOM C.
I would like to “boom” a 7′ Profoto Umbrella on casters so that the center of the umbrella would be at a height of 8 feet from the floor. The center of the umbrella would need to be about 5 feet out from the stand measured horizontally.
Can you recommend a Kupo product/products for my application?
Thanks in advance.
A: GEAR GURU
The stand I’d recommend would be the High Roller (KS300112)
It will be plenty strong (88 lb. capacity) to hold the light, modifier and the 7B clamped to the riser section.
I do have a simple alternative that may work for you. You can use a Junior offset arm which is about 18″ in length. That will be enough to get you enough lateral separation from the stand so you can locate the light directly above your lens for flat lighting such as Butterfly or Clamshell lighting. The male junior pin would go into the junior receiver in the High Roller Stand’s Combo Head and use a Stand Adapter (KG006312) to mount the umbrella clamp.
The other advantage of this is that you’d need no counter weights to balance your load.
For a larger Boom, Matthew’s and Avenger make junior booms if you’d prefer to go that route.
Of course, you could always use multiple stands, rig a crossbar across the two and then mount your Giant in the center. It will be super secure, but equipment intensive and more expensive. If this option interests you, I’d recommend the following gear.
2 X Junior Roller Stands
2 X Convi Clamp with Adjustable Handle to attach the cross bar.
1 X Aluminum Core as a crossbar
1 X 4″ Super Viser Clamp to mount the umbrella.
If you have any other questions, just let me know.
REPLY: TOM C.
You’re the best! That Junior Offset Arm is perfect! I just need to have enough room to shoot directly under the light with the umbrella and this affords me more than enough space.
Blackwrap is an thick foil used to shape and control light. It is made by various manufacturers and comes in different sizes. While it is most commonly anodized black to prevent reflections, there are black and white combinations available. As you can see below, a popular brand of blackwrap is Cinefoil made by Rosco.
Blackwrap used as a snoot
Blackwrap is chosen instead of fabric or paper because it’s metal and less likely to combust when placed in front of a hot light source.
Some other uses for Blackwrap:
- Altering the shape of your light source.
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- Blocking daylight from entering windows.
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- Used as a lens hood to prevent flare from entering your camera lens.
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3-Way Clamp (KG900412)
3-Way Clamp with Long Stud
3-Way Clamp with Arri 1K Fresnel
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4-Way Clamp (KG900712)
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- Petite Clamp (KG600712)
Petite Clamp with Off-Camera Flash & Silk on Grip Arm
This short video will introduce the Kupo 3 way clamp (KG900412).
More information and specifications.
This system currently has three accessories, a long baby stud, a short baby stud and a baby receiver. By the end of the summer, we hope to introduce a few more accessories to make this system all the more flexible for your needs. Follow the links below to check them out. Stay tuned for updates!
Baby (5/8″) Stud – 4″
Baby (5/8″) Stud – 2.5″
Baby (5/8″) Receiver
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Kupoles Product Video from Kupo Grip on Vimeo.
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Free Standing with Tripod Bases and Triple Paper Drives
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