Photo Baby Boom

A boom is an essential tool for positioning a light fixture either directly above the photographer, videographer or cinematographer to create a beautiful flat light, or positioned above the subject acting as a hair light. The Photo Baby Boom features lightweight aluminum all-metal construction features an “ear” that is designed to fit between the plates of a grip head. It features a built in hook at the tail end for adding sandbags for counter-weight. This boom extends from 3.8 – 7.8′ (1.1 – 2.4m) and will support 6.6 lbs (3 Kg) when fully extended. The Aluminum Baby Boom comes in a stealthy black finish.

Photo Baby Boom (KG601711)

Photo Baby Boom (KG601711)

Check out this video to see the Photo Baby Boom in Action!

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Camera/Umbrella Bracket

The  Camera/Umbrella Bracket (KG006411) is a handy accessory. It features two baby 5/8″ (16 mm) receivers and a smaller receiver for an umbrella shaft. The KG006411 comes with a 1/4″-20 camera mounting screw and a locking collar to tighten the camera against the bracket. This bracket will allow you to mount your camera on virtually any piece of grip equipment. The KG006411 is clad in a stealthy black finish.

Camera/Umbrella Bracket (KG006411)

Camera/Umbrella Bracket (KG006411)


Camera/Umbrella Bracket in Action!

 Check out the video below that highlights the features of this handy bracket!

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Personal Gear Guru – Cesar

This question was sent to me via our free Personal Gear Guru service by Cesar B., asking about rigging a Nikon SB-900 flash using the included plastic stand. 



What size of a hex stud for a stand of a Nikon SB-900 flash, please?


Hey Cesar,
If you are looking to mount your flash to a clamp with a hex receiver such as a Convi Clamp, or Super Viser Clamp, and you are using the small plastic stand that comes with your SB-900 flash,, the stud you’d need would be the Camera Hex Stud 1/4″-20M, that would thread into the bottom of the plastic speedlight stand. 
In addition to the the Hex Stud, a lot of people choose the Tilting Umbrella Adapter with KG000912 & KG001112 studs, This gives you the ability to angle your flash and use an umbrella to get a large soft light source from your speedlight, as well as mount it on a light stand.
If you want something a bit stronger then the plastic base, you could always pick up the hot shoe adapter as well, which is all metal, is much stronger, and locks positively around the shoe, whereas the speedlight stand is plastic, and the flash is only pressure fit. 
I hope I answered your question. If I can help you any further, please let me know!
Jason – Your Gear Guru

Gripopedia – Apple Box

When you think of an Apple Box, well you think of a box . . . full of Apples! But in terms of grip equipment, Apple Boxes are wooden boxes fashioned after wooden apple crates used in film production. They are used to prop up furniture, light stands, to give people a boost in height, and even to level out dolly track on uneven ground. They are also excellent as a portable place to sit, a temporary staircase, or a makeshift workbench.

Apple Boxes

Apple Boxes

Standard Apple Boxes as you see in the image above come in the following sizes:

  • Eighth – 12 x 20 x 1″ – The Eighth Apple Box is also known as a “pancake” because it’s flat like a pancake!
  • Quarter – 12 x 20 x 2″
  • Half – 12 x 20 x 4″
  • Full – 12 x 20 x 8″

There is a logic between the sizes. 2 Eighth’s equal a Quarter and two Quarters equal a Half, etc. 

There are also Mini Apple Boxes available that are half as long as their standard counterparts.

  • Eighth Mini – 12 x 10 x 1″
  • Quarter Mini – 12 x 10 x 2″
  • Half Mini – 12 x 10 x 4″
  • Eighth Mini – 12 x 10 x 8″

Apple Boxes are super strong and you’ll see some vintage ones around that are decades old and the stories they can tell would be as varied as the scripts for the productions in which they are used. 



Live “Ask the Gear Guru” Session with The Phoblographer

Hey Kupo Kompadres,

 Tomorrow Wednesday, August 7, 2013, I’ll be joining Chris Gampat of The Phoblographer during an hour long Q&A “Ask the Gear Guru” session at 1:00 PM EST (6:00 PM BST). For those of you who don’t know yet, here at Kupo Grip, we offer a free service called the “Gear Guru“. What is a Gear Guru you may ask? The word “Guru” is Hindi for teacher. With years of experience both as a professional photographer and selling photographic equipment for over 15 years gives me a unique understanding of both the tools and technique of photography. 


Gear Guru

Jason – Your Gear Guru

 Have you ever…

  • Needed a solution to support lighting or cameras in a certain way but wasn’t sure how to go about it?
  • Wanted to re-create an image but didn’t know how it was lit?
  • Wanted to buy a camera system, but needed some advice?
  • Needed to equip your studio with the right gear?
  • Had a gear budget but still needed professional results?
  • Just started photography and didn’t know where to begin?
  • Struggled over which lighting to buy? Continuous or Flash?
  • Needed to know which light modifier would be perfect for your needs?

 So if you have any photo questions from gear to technique, stop on by and I’ll be happy to answer your question live! If you can’t make it, don’t fret. The service is always available whenever you need it. 

See you there!

Jason – The Gear Guru


Jason Friedman is a professional photographer with over 20 years experience concentrating on fashion and beauty photography. He specializes in lighting for both studio and location, using both strobes and continuous lighting sources. Over the past couple of years, due to the hybridization of the DSLR in respect to film making, he has become passionate about the moving image and has embraced the new technology with open arms. Jason acquired a ton of gear knowledge as a 15 year previous employee of B&H Photo Video Pro-Audio where he has worked in several positions, including manager of the lighting department as well as a marketing representative involved in trade-shows and seminars both domestic and internationally. Jason loves to teach and has taught seminars in subjects ranging from photography, lighting and his last gig, teaching Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom aboard the National Geographic Explorer for Lindblad Expeditions. Jason is also a vegan foodie and has embraced food photography as his latest photographic pursuit. Currently Jason works as as the Kupo Product Marketing Manager for the MAC Group.