Most people refer to it as a clothes pin; in Hollywood it’s referred to as a C-47. They were named that way because back in the day there were 47 pins in a pack. The C stands for clamp, hence C-47.
We’ll take them and reverse the way they clamp so that they have more of a pinch tip to grab stuff better:
I like using these economical tools for clamping gels to lights and softboxes. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores sells them in different sizes and colors.
I like using the medium clamps to secure gels inside small to medium softboxes:
The large clamps are great for securing gels onto grids on softboxes:
This is just one of many ways standard household items can come in handy on a photo shoot.
I hope you enjoyed this tip, look out for more. Thanks for giving me your time.
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Mike is best known for his work on countless popular shows that are household names: CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, JAG, Boston Legal, Pretty Little Liars to name a few. His current projects are NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles.
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