Quick Fill Solution for Empty Sandbags

The age-old struggle: you have modifiers; the wind has force. And that’s how you end up with an unintentional (and unwanted) sail when shooting outdoors. What can you do about it, you ask? Well, sandbags are a good start. While a sandbag won’t reverse the sail effect, it will help to prevent your light stand from falling over in the first puff of wind.

LP515 Empty Sandbag (15lb Cap)

Behold, a sandbag. Holder-down of wind-blown light stands.

Empty sandbags, like the LumoPro LP515, are simple to use, help to secure your setup and are pretty inexpensive. This kind of sandbag has zippers on either side that allow you to fill the sandbag with whatever you fancy.

Empty sandbag with zippers open

Check out that double zip action!

But once filled, those suckers are heavy (kind of the point, I know). So now you have a new problem – you have a way to stabilize your stands, but you’re hauling around extra weight equivalent to the average 2 year old.

Sandbag over the leg of a light stand

Just a sandbag hanging out.

One solution is simple, but brilliant at the same time – fill your sandbags with bottled water. Think about it. You already have water bottles on location anyway for your subject, crew or assistant (because YOU are a kind and thoughtful photographer). You can use those bottles for ballast in your sandbags and keep your shoot participants happy with refreshing beverages.

The best part? You don’t have to pack heavy sand bags back to the car! (Just don’t forget to gather up the empties. No one likes a litterbug!)

Plus, you get to avoid the hassle and mess of filling the sandbags with sand or gravel. Easy. Clean. Thoughtful. It’s a win-win-win.

Sandbag hanging on boom arm

Now obviously, this isn’t the perfect solution for every situation. If you’re working in a hot environment, your subject will probably appreciate water from a cooler more than one that’s been baking in the sun. In those cases, extra grip equipment, like clamps or gripheads, also work great.

So there you go. An easy tip to make your sandbag slinging easier. Do you have a creative solution for filling sandbags or dealing with flyaway light stands? Let us know in the comments, or post a shot to Instagram and give us a tag!

Quick Tip: Flash Zoom Won’t Change?

So you have a LumoPro flash. Congratulations! You’ve officially joined the “LumoPro Fan Boys/Girls Club! (Meetings are bi-weekly. Make sure you bring snacks.)

As you are checking out every detail of your shiny new flash, you notice something. The zoom setting isn’t changing. You push buttons. You turn it off and on again. You shake the flash vigorously. But, nothing.

Have no fear! Your flash is perfectly fine, and you can fix this little hitch with one simple step. Just push in the wide angle diffuser on the top of the flash!

LumoPro Flash Diffuser LP180 LP180R

That pesky little flash diffuser!

When the wide angle diffuser is engaged, your LumoPro flash automatically sets the zoom to 14mm. On your flash’s LCD display, you will see a flash head icon appear whenever that diffuser is out. You won’t be able to adjust the zoom while the diffuser is engaged.

LumoPro Flash Diffuser Icon LP180 LP180R

Just look for the flash head icon

If you run into this situation, pull the diffuser out and then push it all the way back in until you hear and feel a click.

LumoPro Flash Diffuser LP180 LP180R

Click!

Once the diffuser is replaced, the flash head icon will disappear, and you’ll regain control of your flash’s zoom setting.

LumoPro Flash Zoom Settings GIF LP180 LP180R

Look at all those zooms!

If you have any questions about your flash, contact our stellar customer service team at support@lumopro.com.