What You Need to Know About Utilizing C-Stands on Set

Regardless of whether you're working on a professional set with tons of crew or in your backyard with your buddies, chances are you'll utilize a C-stand.

C-stands are such a versatile tool on set. They're primarily used to position light modifiers, like silks, scrims, flags, and reflectors, but you can also utilize them to mount small lights—or pretty much anything for that matter. But there are a few things you need to know about using C-stands, things that will keep you and your team safe and efficient while on set, and Jay P. Morgan from The Slanted Lens provides plenty of tips in the video above.

If you've never used a C-stand before, you'll soon find out that, when used correctly, they'll make shaping light a whole lot easier. (In fact, you'll wonder how you ever did without them.) But these things can be dangerous, especially if you're mounting hot, heavy lights to them. Morgan shows you how to secure the stand by putting sandbags on the large leg to ensure that no tipping is going on. (Also, be sure to keep the large leg under the weight.)

Another crucial lesson from the video—how to soldier these things correctly so storing them away doesn't become a horrible metallic mess.     

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Nothing like a how to video that shows the incorrect way to set the stand.... The large leg should be under the weight of the light to support it and not fall over. It's at @1:45 in the video for those that need the visual of how to not set your light.

June 1, 2016 at 4:10AM, Edited June 1, 4:10AM


Came here to say this. Do they even watch these things before they post them?

June 6, 2016 at 1:53AM, Edited June 6, 1:54AM


T-Short Red , really humor ....

August 12, 2017 at 5:39PM