LumoPro C-Stand Review

C-Stands are amazing products. They are just like your average light stand, but they’re far sturdier allowing you to hold heavier lights and modifiers.

I have always used standard light stands because I have never needed a C-Stand. However, when I was building my standing desk I wanted to heavy duty light stand for the frame of the desk.

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So I contacted my friends at LumoPro to see if I could try the C-Stand for use in the standing desk and for my photography in general.

I am happy to share that the LumoPro C-Stand is everything I hoped it would be. It’s extremely strong with no wobble like a standard light stand.

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My cat ringo checking out the new c-stand

The way a C-Stand works is this… The legs look like a spider’s legs, with angles instead of straight folding legs like a standard light stand. The legs fold flat instead of folding up towards the stand’s pole. The pole also is removed and inserted into the legs for portability.

Due to the leg’s angles, it’s easier to drape sand bags over them for when needed.

The pole itself has multiple extensions which allow it to reach 105″, which is amazing. With it I have no concerns about reaching the heights I have not been able to reach with standard light stands. Even with all that metal, the C-Stand really isn’t that heavy. In fact, even with the attachments for my standing desk, I can still carry it around the house without a problem.

Although the product photo is shiny metal, the stand I received is a nice matt black color, so light will not be reflecting off the stand, if ever the chance occurred.

The LumoPro C-Stand is my latest addition to my studio work arsenal. I will be using it for:

I’m sure I will find more uses for the C-Stand as well. For $99, this puppy is a must have for anyone who needs a heavier duty light stand. As mentioned, it’s still easy to transport to don’t have any reservations about that. Pick one up and try it.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,
Scott

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Photography As A Hobby & Doing More With It

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Photography started for me as a hobby and turned into what Shirley calls a “super hobby”, and now I am a part-time professional.  You can also call me a freelance photographer.  Whatever the terminology you use, photography is still my hobby, which I have the pleasure of also getting paid for.

When I was asked to be interviewed on the Cross Link Radio podcast I knew it would be fun and very different than the typical photography podcast.  Mainly because Shirley is a dental hygienist and her show is all about health in general.  On Fridays the topic is hobbies.

So in the interview we talk about photography for health as photography as a hobby and how to do more with it.

The embedded player above will let you listen to the entire interview, and it’s about 30 minutes long.

If you have any questions about what was discussed in the interview please comment and let me know.

Thanks for reading and listening,
Scott

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When You Need A Creativity Boost

Since photography is art it’s inevitable that all photographers will at some point get into a slump. A point where you’re shooting less and feeling uninspired.

When that happens you need a creativity boost.

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The photograph you see here might look like a simple closeup of a camera, but really it was something I really needed.

It’s been a while since I really went out and photographing things for myself so I decided one day to try something new.

I grabbed my Nikon 105mm Macro lens and attached it to the Nikon 1.7x extension.

I put my camera on a tripod, set it for a 2 second timer, got my exposure, framed the shot and captured a fun closeup of one of my vintage cameras.

I processed the photograph in Adobe Lightroom with basic contrast, highlights and shadows adjustments. I then added a fun vintage split toning effect to the entire image. It’s subtle but adds that bit of old to a new photograph.

It’s a simple shot, but one that made me think and try something new. Now it has me thinking about the possibility of extending the macro lens out in the elements.

I call it a successful creative boost.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,
Scott

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