Let me state right at the
beginning of this piece that I am not an equipment freak. But like most
photographers, I do get excited about gear that can help me do my job
better or do something I couldn't do before. That excitement is
usually reserved for lenses--long, wide, fast, zoom, soft focus, etc.
Some of the more mundane items in photography--tripods, light stands,
posing stools, bags, and other hardware--are must have items, but our
purchasing decision is usually based on size, weight, and other very
practical parameters. There just isn't much new that usually happens
with this type of equipment.
Well, I'm here to tell you about a light stand that is one of
those why didn't anyone think of that before deals. It's
the ingenious Red Wing Quick Stand. What's so different about
it? When you pick it up, the legs collapse so you can move it easily.
That's not even the best part. When you set it down, presto, the
legs spread back out. It takes some getting used to, because it seems
like magic at first, but once you're used to it, you get to like
it real fast.
I tried using it in the studio and it's good for picking up and
placing on seamless and other backgrounds, but where it really shines
is on location and outdoors. That's because you can pick it up
and set it down with one hand. You don't need to set your camera
down to free up both hands because you only need one. I had mine set
up to hold a shoe mounted flash and umbrella. This works great for a
second light at a wedding or to use as the main light when doing outdoor
portraits. Slap on the radio control and you're ready to shoot.
The stand is very lightweight and I found myself using it on location
when I needed to bring my studio lights. For more information contact
BKA (Brandess/Kalt/Aetna Group, Inc.), 701 Corporate Woods Pkwy., Vernon
Hills, IL 60061; (847) 821-0450; or web site: www.BKAphoto.com.