3 Critical Tips For Setting C-Stands Up

Jan 1, 2016

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Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Jan 1, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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C-stands are undoubtedly one of the most important tools for a setting up (big) lights and other heavy equipment. But while using a C-stand may seem trivial, if not done in the right way it’s just begging for a broken rib/light/head or possibly all three.

The combination of “heavy” with “high” does require some know-how to avoid an accident. And the team at RocketJump Film School share the three critical tips to avoid a stand falling on your head.

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Here is a quick TD;LR for you:

  1. Always keep the big leg under the weight, this is the leg that provides the most support. (See Center of gravity for why)
  2. Always sandbag the big leg. This is the highest leg and it keeps the sandbag off the floor. You want the full weight of the bag on the stand.
  3. Always keep the knuckles on the right side. Putting the stand in this orientation ensures that the weight self-tightens the arm. If put on the left, the weight of the arm alone will loosen the arm and could make it fall. There is a great moment that the arm creates.

[Pro Tip: How to Set Up A C Stand via nofilmschool]

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One response to “3 Critical Tips For Setting C-Stands Up”

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    Adam Frimer

    Surprised they missed feed the arm through the clockwise way.