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:C-47

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. Colored

I like using the medium clamps to secure gels inside small to medium softboxes:red c47

The large clamps are great for securing gels onto grids on softboxes:Lrg C47

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 Kubeisy has been shooting celebrities in Hollywood for over 30 years as a Motion Picture and Television Stills Photographer. No photographer’s work is seen by more people than Mike’s work worldwide.

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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Join the conversation! 3 Comments

  1. For those who know German: Recently I had published an article on more or less unusual items that should be found in a photographer’s gear bag. C-47s are mentioned in the paragraph on A-Clamps. http://www.primephoto.de/zusatz-ausruestung-immobilienfotografie/ (English version is not ready, yet.)

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  2. With the cloths pin, I think it could be made just a bit better. Cloths pin exert a lot of pressure and could leave marks or actually do damage. My idea is once the pins have been converted, take a
    piece of sandpaper and clamp the pin to it. Then pull the sandpaper out a few times. What this would do is enlarge the clamping area and even out the pressure spot.

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Mike Kubeisy has been shooting celebrities in Hollywood for over 30 years as a Motion Picture and Television Stills Photographer. No photographer’s work is seen by more people than Mike’s work worldwide. 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. Mike is a Trainer for KelbyOne, and Los Angeles Center of Photography. Mike is also a member of the International Cinematographers Guild. You can view Mike’s work at 4stills.com, and follow him on Facebook at 4Stills.

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