Get a Grip!

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Grip equipment is made specifically for professional video, cinema, and photography industries. It is designed to hold a light, a flag, a scrim, a foam-core board a fill card (or reflector), or even a camera securely in a specific place and at a specific attitude for the duration of the imaging creating process yet still be able to be easily readapted or broken down to be stored or reused at another time, in another way!

But, if a cinematographer, videographer, or a professional photographer doesn’t live in a major population center or a major center of professional imaging, where he or she can see this type of equipment in action, chances are good the aspiring professional might not even know this equipment exists! Just knowing about some of the specialized grip equipment available to the professional image making industry, leads the inexperienced image maker to have ideas about how to complete specific tasks on an image making set, and exposes him or her to solutions that he or she didn’t even were available.

While many pieces of professional grip equipment will seem to be very specialized in their application, many of the pieces are the kind of things that a young image-maker will look at and just know they must have! This video shows how to use and combine some of the very specialized, and very useful grip equipment displayed on the Set Shop’s showroom floor. Let’s go!

Steve Sint

Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, and Style

Steve Sint has spent a great deal of his life walking down aisles backwards. Over a 40 year career, he has photographed over 4,000 weddings, taken over 2 million photographs, and shot over 1 million portraits for his own studio and others in the New York metropolitan area. As a commercial photographer he has photographed thousands of executives and still life subjects. His client list includes, or has included, the American Broadcasting Company, Time Inc., Hearst Publications, Yves St. Laurent, AT&T, NCR, National Semiconductor, Miller Freeman Publishing, MacGroupUS, and Hachette-Filipacchi Magazines. His photographs have appeared on the covers of over 60 national magazines including LIFE, Omni, Stereo Review, and Modern Photography.

As a columnist and contributor his words and photographs have also appeared in Studio Photography, Lens Magazine, Modern Photography, Popular Photography, View Camera Magazine, Railroad Model Craftsman, and he has authored 7 books on photography. In his most recently published book, Digital Wedding Photography: Art, Business, and Style, he shares his experience with his readers in the breezy, knowledgeable, and accessible style his writing is known for. At this point in his career he limits his assignments to 50 per year for a select New York clientele, photographs and writes about things he enjoys, and still finds time to lecture on professional photography, create and produce tutorial videos, conduct workshops on wedding, portrait, and still life photography, while still finding time to work on his model railroad.

His newest book, Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, and Style, was released in January 2013.