You don’t have to stand on the table to get those beautiful overhead photographs of your latest fabulous food creation. Forget the tripod and pull out the multipurpose C-stand.
In this video from The Bite Shot, Joanie Simon provides a quick lesson on why you might want to use a C-stand instead of a tripod and how to go about setting one up. While Simon may not know why it is called a C-stand (it’s short for century stand) and she might not use the highly recommended sandbag, the video does give a good overview.
I love my C-stands, and like most people, I usually use them for holding my lighting and modifiers. However, when I’m doing overhead food photography, I always pull out one of my C-stands to keep my camera over the food. I’ve found for me, they give me a very sturdy platform to hold the camera while also giving me lots of adjustability to get my camera in just the right position. As mentioned above, I always use at least one sandbag on the C-stand. Not only does this provide some weight to counteract the camera hanging off the other side, but it also helps to keep the C-stand from moving when I accidentally bump it when I’m positioning the food. This always happens at least once during the shoot.
So the next time you are doing an overhead shot of either food or some other product, think of using your C-stand instead of that tripod.