Hmmmm. Another good question. It depends on how many trees there are and how much of a budget you are working on and if you really feel like working. Have you ever seen one of those costume rack's that some lucky schools get that has wheels on the bottem so you can cart them around? Well you can make something like that but not so high. to hang the lights on at a lower angle. Wheels would definatly be cool but since your outside, you may not want that; OR just get like those 3 or 4 inch wheels. Because your not going to feel like carrying all that. Anyway thats what I would do.9voltnewbie said:
This question sounds like a job for The Terrifying Trio, (Ship, JoJo, and Wolf)9voltnewbie said:
On the last two, as a member of the "Terrible Trio" (I like that!) I don't know if I would do them and trust that by the end of the evening they would still be at their aimed position. Nor do I like for this instance using a costume rack as it seems to be for hanging the lights at the base of a tree which would put the light a bit far away from the base of the tree. Plus if store bought - such costume racks will not hold up well to a lighting C-Clamp. Different strokes for different folks and all, but the fixture plywood base and mic stand idea are much more standard to be using for this. Granted that you will have to add some extra special washers to the mic stand, and will probably have to de-rust it later if it gets wet. Plywood stands, and how to build them as well described in a past posting to DVS Dave about a earlier stage lighting question about how to get rid of his lights quickly by myself is I should be so humble and by others, well covers the subject, and I do think it's the best solution at least for under tree up lights. Sand bags are for the bases not for the yokes in my opinion, and stakes could do well for the cable or base but not for the yoke either. No offense as I would trust Wolf to do my lighting any time.wolf825 said:[quote=" If ya can't find or don't have any scrap wood--try using a round steel base from an old Mic Stand--they work just as well and add a little more weight to the whole thing to keep it from toppling over. Another thing you CAN do if you don't have any of those--go to the local surplus store and get a cheapo pack of 10 FLAT-style TENT STAKES...these surprisingly fit in the hole of the Yoke very well and since most are curved--you just pound them into the ground to hold the light in place. Lastly--you can also use cloth sandbags on the yoke to sorta hold it in place--but you canot use PLASTIC sandbags or they will melt or catch fire...most theater sand bags are fire-proof treated.