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I got my Alien Bees a few weeks ago
Old 06-19-2003, 10:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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And the second time I used them (at a wedding), some idiot was letting their kid run aroun and gave one of my strobes the not yet used by UL 13' drop while beeing accelerated by a running kid caught on the cord test. You know I yelled at the kid (even before this happened) and the mother said "You don't have to yell about it." My reply was "No...You are right. If you were any kind of parent, you would have been yelling long ago." Well needless to say, my light does not work now...it is just the flash tube, I have ordered a new one. I just though you guys would like to hear about this.

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Re: I got my Alien Bees a few weeks ago
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I am suprised that i do not see more kids be hauled of to the ER...i see at least 5 kids that i could snatch and grab every time i go to the mall...plus the ones pulling cloths on top of them..ect....
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I can sympathize since I've had to deal with similar situations at weddings, but you handled the situation very poorly. You should never yell at anyone at a wedding you're shooting. It makes you look bad--VERY bad. If you cannot resolve problems without yelling or chewing people out, you probably shouldn't be photographing weddings.

A more appropriate response would have been to delay setting up your lights until the area was clear. Calmly explain to the bride and groom that, for the sake of safety, you cannot proceed with the photography until unrul children have been brought under control. Having the bride ask the mother to calm her child will be far more effective than you yelling, with the added benefit that it doesn't make you look like a jerk.

It's fortunate that a broken bulb and a stained reputation were the only casualties. If the child had been injured in the incident, you could have been held liable (like it or not).
 
 
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...during a beach shoot. I had one light with a soft-box setup. Great effect, but hard to control when there's wind. The make-up artist just walked away, and the next thing I heard was "boom". It ended up happening 2 more times, but they seemed to work fine afterwards. Glad it was grass and not concrete!!!

My lights are the B1600's, and I was using the new Vagabond battery pack.

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Always use wide tape to secure power cords when shooting in crowded settings! It's 'always' the photographer's fault when something like that happens, no matter how bad the lousy little kid is acting. I knew a wedding shooter many years ago who had the same thing happen, but with an adult who fell and broke her arm. That the woman was drunk had little bearing and theshooter ended up paying the drumnk's hospital bills plus ome "pain and suffereing". Had it not been for his liability insurance, her would have been wiped out! Wide masking tape will work, but duct tape is better.

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thus the creation of gaffers tape....
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I gotta agree

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My Smith Victors have several dents
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from things like this. The last wedding I did the ringbearer tried to run away from the flower girl. The cords were taped down and I even had gaffer tape on the bottom of the stands. But this little crumb snatcher ran directly into one of the light stands. Luckily it didn't break the stand. The reflector now has a dent but the 4800K bulbs are cheap and I just replaced it and retaped the stand to the floor and finished the shoot. I have had great results with those two smith victors for fills and my 420ex for the main

Glad I have not yet spent money on a stobe kit yet. Gotta shoot a couple more dogs to pay for some strobes.

I think that if I had just purchased a nice stobe kit I would have probably yelled too. but since mine was only a $4 bulb, it didn't bother me too bad. But the mom got a real good evil eye from me while I was changing bulbs. . .the kid had to go stand in the corner for until it was time to take his picture again! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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