2014 promises to be another exciting year for digital imaging. For attendees at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas, you will have the opportunity to meet Kupo Gear Guru Jason Friedman in-person. Feel free to pick his brain or try and stump him with your technical questions. Unlike other companies manufacturing grip equipment, Kupo has flexibility in not having to adhere to the status-quo. Kupo’s innovations include the Kwik Kollar upgrade for the traditional C-Stand that rapidly speeds up deployment and breakdown on set. So if you have any mods or hacks that you want to share, talk to our Gear Guru.
Kupo Grip will have a lot of our latest gear on display at our booth at NAB in the Central Hall, booth 11133. Feel free to fondle and test Kupo’s gear to determine if you are ready to accept the Kupo Advantage and add our rugged and reliable gear to your own studio.
Kupo Grip and the Phoblographer are happy to announce the winner of our Dream Studio Giveaway. After Michael Thomas of California was reassured that this was indeed not an April Fool’s prank, he excitedly accepted our congratulations and began making arrangements for a whole ton, (almost literally) of professional studio gear from the likes of Kupo, Bowens, Canon, Induro, Sekonic, and much more to be delivered. We sincerely hope he has the closet space…
If you were one of the over 60,000 entrants who did not win, there is an even bigger giveaway that has just started. Our latest Kupo Filmmakers Ultimate Studio worth over $12,000 tempts you to try your luck once again. In cooperation with our friends over at the Phoblographer, and support from Sigma, this massive movie maker’s mix includes a full set of Kupo grip gear, a Blackmagic Design cinema camera with two Sigma lenses, a Comodo Orbit gimbal, and a slew of other accessories from: Benro, Sekonic, Limelite, Tenba, and more. Just like our last contest, our new Filmmakers Ultimate Studio Giveaway also includes an online session with Kupo Gear Guru Jason Friedman, where you are free to ask him,“how the heck do I set up all this stuff?”
No purchase is necessary and you must live in the USA to be eligible. Also be sure to enter our more frequent weekly and monthly giveaways, where you might have a better chance of a win.
Congratulations again to Michael and good luck to all in our next big Kupo Grip giveaway!
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.
ASK JASON – PERSONAL GEAR GURU – AT YOUR SERVICE
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.
This question was sent to me via our free Personal Gear Guru service by Bob M., asking about rigging both a speedlight and a studio strobe to the 40″ Grip Arm of a 40″ Master C-Stand Kit.
Q: BOB M.
I’m new to this so here is my question:
All I need to make a 40″ master c stand kit work with a speedlight or studio strobe would be a “5” baby pin”?
Any videos/webinars on using c stands and speed lights?
A: GEAR GURU
For mounting a studio strobe with a standard baby (5/8″) receiver, yes all you would need is a 5″ Baby Grip Pin
For mounting your off-camera flash to the 5″ Grip Pin, you will need two more adapters.
First you will need a a 5/8″ (16mm) Receiver with 1/4″-20 Thread
The second adapter you’ll need is a Hot Shoe Adapter to mount the speed light to the 5/8″ Receiver with 1/4″-20 Thread
As an alternative to the 5/8″ Receiver with 1/4″-20 Thread, you can use the Tilting Umbrella Adapter with the Hot Shoe Adapter to mount your speed light to the 5″ Grip Pin and this also gives you the ability to mount an umbrella to give you a large soft light source.
As far as videos/webinars are concerned, we have a couple for you.
This is the 5″ Grip Pin Video which shows using the combination listed above.
Webinar: Using Grip Equipment to Rig Off-Camera Flash
I hope this answered your questions. Please let me know if I can help you any further.
Jason – Your Gear Guru
This question was sent to me via our free Personal Gear Guru service by Mike, asking about using two Master C-Stand Kits to support a roll of seamless background paper.
Can two Master 40-in C Stand with Turtle Base Kit be used to support a paper background roll. If they can, what kind of load can they support. In one of your online videos, you use light stands with arms to support a paper background roll.
A: GEAR GURU
Yes. Two 40″ Master C-Stand with Turtle Base Kits can support any roll up to 44 lb. (20 kg) in weight (each stand has a load capacity of 22 lb. (10 kg). This would include even the 12′ wide seamless from Savage. A couple of things to keep in consideration:
- Always place the large leg in line with the roll of seamless (paper background roll).
- Use at least one 15 lb. sandbag on each stand to prevent tipping
- Remember the “Righty Tighty” Rule. The load must always go to the right side of the grip head when the handle is facing you. This means that on one stand the handle of the grip head will be facing the camera and on the other, the handle of the grip head will be facing behind the background.
- You can always secure the background to the grip arms with a couple of medium, 2″ “A” Clamps. But you will need a ladder to unroll and re-roll the paper. To make your life easier, especially in a studio situation, you may want to consider the Paper Drive Baby Stand Adapters – Sold as a pair (KG084911) http://www.kupogrip.com/paper-drive-baby-stand-adapter/ and a Background Paper Drive Set (KG084411) http://www.kupogrip.com/background-paper-drive-set/ that will allow you to raise and lower the paper comfortably from the ground.
- Last but not least, if you plan on leaving a large roll of paper suspended, to avoid the core from bending due to gravity, every day the paper should be given half a turn.
I hope this answers your question. Let me know if I can help you any further.
Jason – Your Gear Guru
Thanks for the really useful info. One last question, if you use the paper drive set what is actually going thru the paper tube is it an arm or a pole?
One suggestion I have is why not sell a paper support system as a complete kit, then I don’t have figure out all the parts I need to order.
A: GEAR GURU
The Paper Drive Set expands into the cardboard core of the paper roll. If you are going to use this method, you wouldn’t even need grip arms or grip heads, just the two stands and you would be good to go.
As far as creating a kit for the Paper Drive System, it’s an excellent idea. There are just so many combinations (using them with Light Stands or Kupoles, using a single roll versus a three rolls on a multi-bracket, etc.) that it’s a challenge to find the most popular kits for everybody’s needs. I’ll be adding new products and updating the catalog and website towards the end of the summer. I’ll definitely take you suggestion in consideration and see if I can create a couple of kits.