What is a Gaffer?

To understand what makes microGAFFER special, you need to know what a "gaffer" is. A gaffer, sometimes called the Chief Lighting Technician (CLT), is in charge of all of the electrical and lighting requirements on a film set or theater stage. The gaffer directs electricians and other workers on the set to place all of the lighting equipment. The cords and cables are secured in place with gaffer's tape.

What is Gaffer Tape?

Gaffer tape is a strong, tough, cloth tape with strong adhesive properties. It is used in theatre, film and television productions as well as during live performances and any other kind of stage work. For a strong tape, however, gaffer tape is easy to tear by hand, which makes it easy to apply because no special cutting tools or dispensers are required. While related to duct tape, it differs in that it can be removed cleanly because it uses a synthetic petroleum-based adhesive rather than a natural rubber adhesive.

So... What Makes microGAFFER Special?

Gaffer tape is a wonderful thing; it's used all over any film or television set, theater stage, and on location. The only problem is, it's big and heavy. We invented microGAFFER so that working professionals could have gaffer tape anywhere and anytime they needed it -- in their pockets, in their trucks, and in any bag. It's been such a great success in our industry, we thought home users should know about it, too. Use it for anything the pros do: to secure or stabilize, neaten cables, label and categorize, and more!

Who is Visual Departures?

Ever since we started Visual Departures in 1982, we have been driven by one commitment: to develop new, practical, problem-solving products for working photographers, videographers, and film makers. As a company of professional photographers, we understand those needs. microGAFFER is a direct response to that, as were our other flagship products like Flexfill® , Steadybag®, Gelly Roll® and more. Beyond that, we distribute the full range of Rosco theatrical products (gels, fog machines, paints, and more) and Dedolight precision LED and HMI lighting systems. We pride ourselves on the quality of our products and the integrity with which we do business. In an age when the concept of "customer service" seems to be outdated, we are working harder than ever to serve our dealers and the photographers who have helped us prosper.