When you are on a photography set, whether it is a studio or in the field, it is paramount that you make sure your set is safe. What are some essential grip gear items that you need to keep everyone and everything safe as well as other important items? Author Abba Shapiro demonstrates the importance of including ladders in your grip kit.
- It might be obvious, but you should have…several different types of ladders around your set,…because you're going to be moving lights…and a lot of times you're putting lights…way above your talent's head,…and you need to be able to climb up safely and adjust them.…So, you should always have a simple stepladder,…just to go those one or two steps.…They're light and you can easily carry them around.…As a matter of fact, this is something you…really should bring on location.…Not only does it allow you to adjust lights,…but a lot of times, if you need to get above…your talent to shoot down,…a simple stepladder is really convenient to have.…
In addition to a stepladder, you should always…have some sort of an A frame ladder.…Something that gets you up to a decent height,…because the last thing you want to do is be…standing on the top step of a stepladder or any ladder,…or even trying to balance on that tip.…Having an A frame is really, really useful.…If you have a bigger studio, sometimes a folding…scaffold multi-purpose ladder can be helpful,…
- 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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