The Windborne photography light stand, the Turf Stand, is the new standard by which professional photographers will judge lighting stands. Created out of sheer necessity, this photography light stand accepts new environmental challenges with ease and allows for a more versatile outdoor shooting experience.
High winds and uneven terrain are no match for this photography light stand’s tough metal tines and ingenious self-supporting design. Be it a steep hill, loose sand, muddy river bed or even a rooted forest floor, this stand stays upright and balanced without the aid of sandbags or an extra set of hands.
Windborne’s photography light stand combines rugged durability with a lightweight frame and features a universal 1/4″ threaded end, perfect for today’s most popular speedlights, modifier arms and other lighting accessories. So do yourself a favor and show nature who’s boss by adding a Windborne Turf Stand to your team.
Importance of Good Lighting
If you ask any professional photographer to list the critical components for creating an award-winning photo they are bound to list lighting as one of the most important elements, don’t make a rookie mistake. The direction, quantity, quality and color of the light can dramatically impact a photograph for better or worse. Of course in a studio you have the luxury of precise control over how the subject of a photograph is lit, but outdoors is a different story.
In fact many may argue that lighting is one of the most difficult challenges to overcome in outdoor photography. The constantly changing weather can deliver a variety of fluctuating lighting challenges including harsh light, shadows and changing light temperatures. Sure you arm yourself with umbrellas, reflectors, halos, and speed lights, but setting up a light stand on a steep hill, loose gravel, sand, mud, water or a rooted forest floor can be a daunting task. When you do finally set up your lighting accessories you’re only one gust of wind away from bringing your photo session to a screeching halt.
The Turf Stand is the solution to your outdoor lighting dilemma. You won’t have any trouble carrying this lightweight stand to a remote location, and the sturdy frame and unique mount allows the light stand to be used in virtually any environment without the need for sandbags or concern for winds. You can shoot on a beach, in the woods, from the side of a hill or the middle of a field without having to wrestle with your light stand. Nor do you need to bring an assistant in case your stand can’t do the job. Perhaps even better, your days of lugging sand bags are over. The one of a kind five prong base takes a bite out of any turf your working on (without leaving a mark) and allows you to take advantage of more lighting opportunities. Whether you are shooting in remote areas or photographing an outdoor wedding the Turf Stand is an essential piece of your photography lighting equipment.
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10 Reasons You Need a Turfstand – Outdoor Photography Light Stand
- Light – There’s no need to log extra hours at the gym just to lug this light stand to location. It only weighs 2.5 lbs, nothing compared to some of the 11 lb. alternatives on the market. This is a great professional lighting stand for women.
- Durable – This robust light stand was built with aluminum and steel with two strong locking knobs. You won’t need to replace this stand in a year due to internal spring features falling apart, or the top no longer being able to hold your light in place. Yes you can put away the duct tape you won’t need it anymore.
- Weather – Don’t be afraid of a little wind. This is where the Turfstand light stand really shows what it’s made of. The steel spike base, anchors the stand firmly making it a necessity for those breezy beach photo shoots.
- High Load Bearing – You can load this light stand with up to 4.5 lbs (2 kilograms) of equipment.
- Versatile – The stand head has a ¼” thread, 20mm nut diameter over a 5/8” stud. It holds a variety of lighting tools including reflectors, diffusers, strobes and flashes.
- Easy to Use – Using the Turfstand is simple, just anchor the base firmly into the ground (sand, mud, dirt) extend the stand using the two locking knobs and attach your lighting tool.
- Compact – This 7’6” stand is only 34” when disassembled making it easy to bring to even the most remote locations.
- Stable – Other stands my claim that the legs are long enough to offer stability but all it takes is a gust of wind to topple them over. Traditional outdoor stands also leave you limited when you are attempting to work on a hillside. The Turfstand can be anchored securely on a hillside, beach, forest floor and other areas where other light stands would be an accident just waiting to happen.
- Guaranteed – If you order the Turfstand and are unhappy with it for any reason you can return it and receive a full refund for up to one year after the date of purchase.
- Affordable – Priced at only $139.00 with free shipping this high performance outdoor light stand is a great value. Click here to order now.
Let there be Light!
The importance of a quality photography light stand
Photography equipment goes well beyond the camera. Knowing this, a photographer also knows that a single piece of unreliable equipment can mean the difference between a successful shot and a missed opportunity. Something as small and seemingly innocent as a photo light stand can interfere with the success of a photo shoot. Despite the fact that the person behind the camera is amazing at what they do, an equipment failure can sabotage an entire shoot.
Photography light stands are important to the staging of a shot. A photo light stand needs to be versatile in the equipment it can hold and the terrain that it can be used in. Having a stand that is perfect for flashes but does not work well for strobes or lights can mean that you need to carry additional equipment to the location of the shoot. If you are traveling to multiple locations in one day, the extra trip it would take to carry more than one photo light stand to each location can drag out the day and mean lost chances for great photos.
For a photographer blessed enough to work in an area with a variety of terrain, the limited use of a photography light stand can mean the photographer is forced to bring several sand bags and other props to attempt to anchor the stand. This leaves less room in the vehicle for the rest of the equipment. Even the sheer bulk of the photo light stand itself can make a difference in fitting in the last case filled with strobes, and that can lead to an embarrassing moment hours later when the strobe that is needed for the final shot is back at the studio.
Indirectly, the unreliability of a photography light stand, a seemingly innocuous piece of equipment, can also mean the loss of a customer. This can occur, for example, if the photographer is unable to set up the light stand (and keep it standing) in difficult terrain. A photographer may be talented but undependable equipment may still lead to less than impressive photos.
The durability of a photo light stand can make all the difference as well. A stand that is built to handle the weight of the heaviest equipment yet does not have a sufficient base to grip uneven terrain can fall during a shot and interfere with the desired result. A photography light stand must incorporate the ability to hold heavy equipment with the ability to withstand heavy winds, especially when you consider the danger flying equipment present to a model.
If you are serious about outdoor photography you need to invest in an outdoor light stand created specifically to withstand the elements. Take a look at the Turfstand created by professional photographer Mike Drilling specifically suited for your most difficult outdoor photography challenges.
An All Terrain Light Stand
The benefits of using an outdoor photography light stand
Equipment versatility is a must for a photographer who takes advantage of both an indoor setting and the environment outside the studio. The requirements for a perfect photo in a controlled indoor environment are drastically different than the circumstances for a photo in the outdoors. In this respect, it can be beneficial to purchase specific equipment that can be used easily in different environments. However, some items, such as an outdoor photography light stand, can mean the difference between being the best and being average at best.
A photography light stand that is used mainly in studio settings will have a flat base best used on carpet or hard surfaces. This creates a challenge for a photographer setting up a shot in a field, on a mountainside or even in the middle of a gently flowing stream. The base of the Turfstand, outdoor photography light stand is created with various types of footing in mind, from a sandy beach to a rocky mountainside. The base can easily grip embed itself into the ground it comes into contact with and does not need additional support or weight to be added.
Standing up to rough weather is also a desirable trait of a professional outdoor photo light stand. On an assignment to capture the natural beauty following an ice storm or caught in inclement weather, an outdoor stand must be capable of withstanding the elements. The potential for wind, means that the outdoor photography light must be sturdy and soundly secured to the ground, protecting your professional photography equipment from crashing to the ground.
A photographer’s cameras, lens, lights and other accessories can come with a hefty price tag. A photography light stand that meets the expectations of the photographer would be even more attractive if it were available at a reasonable price. This would provide the photographer both the reliability and durability needed to protect equipment that is perched on the photography light stand while avoiding a drain on the budget.
When working outdoors being prepared for the unexpected can mean the difference between constantly replacing fragile equipment and shaking off an incident and quickly returning to work. Make the minor investment in the Turfstand to protect your professional photography lighting equipment and allow you to get outdoor photos that you’ve only dreamed of.
“Living on the Texas Coastline one of the issues we have capturing our sessions on the beach is wind. Having to bring an assistant or extra member of TriCoast or even a parent of our client to hold our light stand down from falling over was always a pain. Recently we were introduced to the Turf Stand, a simple yet genius stand which easily holds up against the strong Texas Coast winds. The Turf Stand quickly anchors into the sand and holds our flash units in place. It’s just as easy to remove and move to the next location. The Turf Stand has improved our mobility while shooting on the beach which in turn allows us to focus more on our clients and worry less about our gear.”
Mike Fulton, Cody Clinton of TriCoast Photography
“The Turf Stand is perfect for those of us who live with windy conditions! It was solid and I had no doubts in trusting my flash equipment with it..fast to set up and easy to use.. Thank you so much for helping us windy region photographers out.”
“The best stand ever, especially the HD version that I can’t wait for. Thanks and good luck.”
Brian Killian, Peters Photography
“Mike, you’ve hit a home run with your new Turf Stand. It goes where no normal light stand can go, and it stays put once it’s there – you can’t ask for anything more than that!
Good luck, Mike. I’ll be sure to mention it at Boot Camp in January.”