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Chapter Two. Using Your Studio Like a Pr... > Why You’ll Love Rolling Light Stands

Why You’ll Love Rolling Light Stands

At some point, you’re going to wind up buying light stands for your studio, so here’s a bit of advice that will make life in your studio much easier: buy light stands with wheels. There are two big reasons you’ll want to do this: One is pretty obvious—you’ll be moving your lights a lot, and it’s much faster and easier to roll them around than pick them up and move them. Plus, I’ve found (and I’ve seen firsthand with other photographers) that you’re more likely to move your lights, and experiment, if they’re on wheels. The second advantage is safety. Lights are top-heavy, and all the weight—the strobe, the softbox, and any accessories—is at the top of the stand. When you pick one up to move it, it’s easier to bang it into something, or lose balance and topple the whole rig over, than you’d imagine (believe me—I’ve seen it). Whatever it costs you for wheels, you’ll make back quickly by avoiding repair bills, potential injuries on the set, and visits to the chiropractor.


  

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