Understanding C Stands

In both photography and video production, one practically cannot survive without the ever-dependable C Stands. C Stands, or Century Stands, are a must-have for all your lighting needs and fixtures. Grips are most accustomed to handling these pieces of equipment.

History of C Stands

When film and photography were still in its infancy, the sun was the sole source of lighting. In order to best control this light source, professionals relied mostly on reflectors. Stands were used in order to hold up and angle the reflectors – the most popular of which was the 100-inch, or the Century (hence the origin of the term C Stand).

Parts of a C Stand

A C Stand has to be first and foremost sturdy. Often, expensive lighting equipment is attached to it. The basic parts of a C Stand are the base, the base, the stand, the gobo head and the gobo arm. The base consists of 3 legs that help keep the stand steady. The stand is often composed of several risers, to best control the height of the whole thing. The gobo head is an apparatus that attaches to the stand and has provisions for the gobo arm. This is an extension of the stand that can be tilted up and down.

The C Stand can still function without the last two parts, but of course it becomes a more versatile equipment if it is complete.

Uses of a C Stand

The most common use of a C Stand is to attach lighting equipment to the gobo head. You can attach redhead or blondie lights, and be able to control the angle. C Stands are also great for holding up reflectors, boom microphones, flags, and even backdrops and Chroma sheets. Many photography and videography equipment will be constantly upgraded, but the C Stand will remain one of the most reliable pieces of equipment a visual professional can have.