For the seasoned photographer, assistant, or grip, knowing how to use a C-Stand may seem like common sense. However, if you have never used or seen one before, there are a few things you should know about these multi-functional stands. The C-stand or Century stand can be used to hold lighting, cameras, and all sorts of other equipment, all of which are probably very expensive. If you make a mistake setting up one of these stands, it can result in injury to you, your crew, or worst of all your equipment, which may not actually be yours. I can pretty much guarantee that if you break a Photographer's equipment, because you didn't set up a C-Stand correctly, he or she is probably going to be very upset with you. To avoid any common mistakes, check out this video from the guys over at Rocketjump Film School showing you how to properly set up a C-stand.
A few months ago, I wrote an article on getting paid to learn. The article basically goes over reasons why you should spend time as an assistant. I will be honest, the first time I worked on a large set I had know idea how to correctly use a C-stand. In the video, the guys show you how to properly set up a stand, tighten the knuckles so they won't come loose, weigh down the stand so it won't fall over, and store multiple stands so the photographer, director, or whoever is in charge won't call you out for being a sloppy assistant. Like I said, I know some of you may think it is common sense, but when you are working with another photographer, a production company, or a high end client, you want things to go smoothly. The last thing you want is someone to get injured because of a stupid mistake. Take a second and check out this basic video on how to use one of the most common tools on set.