Need to Store Your Tripods & C-Stands? This is a Great, Cheap DIY Solution
Getting gear is exciting and fun, but storing it, especially when you have a lot of it, can be a real nightmare.
If you've got a single-person camera package, chances are you don't have a plethora of tripods and C-stands lying around, so storage probably isn't a huge issue. But, if you're running a small studio, you're going to have to come up with some solutions on how to pack them away.
Lixi Studios has a great semi-DIY solution -- using inexpensive snowboard racks to store tripods and C-stands. They not only get your equipment off of the ground (which is just a terrible and dangerous idea anyway), but they allow you to separate and organize them much easier than if they were in a big pile in some closet somewhere.
Snowboard racks range in price depending on what features they have, but you can get some for as little as $20. This one used in the video comes from Pro Board Racks. It has 4 padded racks, is made out of solid pine, and will cost you $55.
Now, you don't necessarily have to use a snowboard rack. If you have a significant amount of room (and money), you could use some sort of metal shelving; if you don't, you could mount some metal hooks (maybe some bike hangers) to the wall. That solution will limit you pretty significantly in terms of how many tripods you could fit on each hook -- and maybe your tripod will end up being too large/oddly shaped for them.
What kinds of DIY solutions do you use to store your tripods and C-stands? Let us know down in the comments.