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? In this movie, author Abba Shapiro demonstrates the importance of including sandbags in your grip kit.
- Sandbags are used to secure stands and equipment…around the set from tipping over.…They have handles so you can easily move them,…and a built-in fold,…which makes it a lot easier to drape them over the legs…of your equipment stands.…As a general rule of thumb,…you should always have one sandbag for every stand.…Now when you buy a sandbag, it comes empty.…As a matter of fact, it has these little zipper areas.…And you can fill them with sandbox sand…which you can get at any hardware store.…Some photographers like to use small pebbles…as they're a little less messy.…
Now one of the tricks I like to do,…is I put in a ziploc bag first,…and I fill that ziploc bag with my sand.…And then I go ahead and seal the ziploc bag,…and that means I'll have a double zipper.…And that way it makes sure that the sand doesn't leak out.…And sandbags do wear out,…so you notice we had to put a little bit of gaffer's tape…on this one to keep the sand from leaking.…So another use for gaffer's tape.…Now when you travel,…I suggest keeping your sandbags empty,…
- 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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