May 26, 2017
Mic stands can do a whole lot more than hold microphones.
Typically if you’re trying to mount lights or fly modifiers, a C-stand is the piece of equipment you look for. However, these things are expensive, heavy, and difficult to transport, so having another more affordable, less labor intensive option would make any filmmaker’s life a little easier. Enter the mic stand. They’re cheap, portable, and easy to set up on the fly, and in this video, Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter shows you four alternative on-set uses for them, from holding diffusion to flying flags.
There’s a reason that C-stands are the go-to piece of gear for lighting equipment. They’re rugged, sturdy, and yes, heavy enough to handle big, bulky lights. However, if you’re working with lighting equipment that doesn’t weight very much, like LEDs and modifiers, mic stands are more than capable of handling the job.
Here are the four alternative uses for mic stands Pike mentions in the video: