Main Parts of a Tripod: Head, Legs, and Spread.heavy-tripod-hero

The Head uses the clip to hold in the camera. Always put the clip back into the head after using the tripod. The head allows for a Pan and Tilt movement during filming or just a stabilized still shot. The drag control will allow you to adjust tension and lock down the specific angle desired. There are three legs that are adjustable and support the head. The Spread is what hold the legs together at the bottom. Tripods can have a wheel mount on the legs and do a dolly movement as well as attaching a track to achieve this camera movement.

construction-helmet-and-glovesHealth and Safety:

When rigging up lights in the studio or on set, be sure to wear helmets to avoid falling objects, as well as thick gloves to avoid burning yourself from hot lamps. When climbing ladders to set up lights in the
studio be sure someone is holding the ladder so it is stable and wont tip over. Watch out for exposed wires and always tape down loose cables to avoid tripping over and injuring yourself. Although everyone is held liable for there own health and safety, ultimately it is up to the director to make sure everything is done properly.


Amps= watts divided by volts. Example: A 1000 watt lamp divided by 250 volts (in England) equals 4 amps. About 3, 1000 watt lamps can be used on a single socket as wall sockets can handle up to 13 amps. 4 amps multiplied by 3 equals 12 and you wouldn’t want to risk another lamp as it would blow the socket. Be cautious of 3 phase power in big industrial buildings as some could have 2 or more phases, and if they do, stay away and do not touch both as you would risk getting an electric shock. Make sure there is always an escape plan if worse comes to worse and an electrical fire begins.