When you set up your lights, you may find yourself wanting to control and shape how the light falls on your set. There is a plethora of grip gear that can help you do just that. What do you need in your grip kit that can help direct your light? Author Abba Shapiro demonstrates the importance of including flags in your grip kit.
- The primary tool that you may use to control light…is the flag.…Now, flags allow you to shape or block light…and they come in all sizes and all shapes…to get the job done.…A flag may be as small as a piece of paper,…or it may be large as a piece of plywood.…You can attach flags to the same stand as the light…and this can be very advantageous.…As you can see, I'm out of the light now,…and here I'm in light.…So you have a lot of control with a flag,…when attached to the light,…or you can put them on their own stand…and this allows you to move the flag…forward or backwards to determine whether it's going to be…a softer blocking of the light or a much more harder edge.…
So it gives you a lot of control when it's off the light.…Now, another nice thing about a flag,…is it can actually block not just the edge,…but it can block the middle of a light source.…For instance, let's say you're back-lighting somebody…and they have a shiny head, maybe they have no hair…on their head and instead of dealing with the reflection…
- What is a grip kit?
- Organizing and transporting your grip gear
- Using stands and plates
- Mounting equipment with clamps
- Controlling and shaping light
- Powering your shoots
- Staying safe: important safety gear
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Why Do You Need Grip Gear?
What is a grip kit?1m 3s
2. Stands and Plates
4. Controlling and Shaping Light
6. Safety Equipment and Essential Items
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