09. Lighting stands and supports

Sturdy and reliable lighting stands are essential for any photographer working with  studio lights. To control light, we need to be able to get it in the right position, whether this be on a boom arm, floor stand or C-stand.

Building from the smallest floor stands to the towering giraffe booms, Karl reviews some of the supports he uses in studio while also providing valuable tips on how to make the best use of them.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • Various size lighting stands
  • Lighting stand accessories and attachments
  • Speciality grips
  • Custom modifications and attachments
  • Working safely with stands and supports
  • What to consider when buying stands and supports

NOTE: This photography class is available with English subtitles.


  1. Hi Karl: Two questions. What is the brand/model of the suction pump stand you showed, and where can I leave a recommendation for this entire course (not just this segment)?


    1. Hi Phil, the suction pump is Manfrotto 241 Pump Cup (thats a newer version, karl’s is old now) I’ve added it into equipment list as well, as for the recommendation for the course I’m afraid there isn’t away, however if you want to leave your thoughts on here we can add it as a testimonial, hope your enjoying everything 👍

  2. Hello!
    I’m absolutely loving all of these tutorials, so informative and straight to the point.

    I was wondering, though, what C-Stand brands would you recommend? Are there any bad quality C-stands we should be avoiding?

    Thank you!

    1. Manfrotto avenger C-stands are the best, from our experience their items like these always seem to be the highest quality, plus you get the 15% off so being a member on here, I don’t think there is any particular brand you should overly avoid though

  3. Hi Ben, the draft boom with the extension tubes looks really interesting, but I can’t find it at Manfrotto. Could you tell me the identification number please? Thanks in advance, Uwe

  4. hello Karl,
    What is the arm you put into the Avenger rotule grip
    D200 over the c-stand ?
    Thank you very much

  5. I forgot top press the notify me button

    hi Karl , what stand is best for reflectors , to give good stability and the best freedom to adjust the direction of reflector etc , im using 95cm Lastolite 48″ White/Silver Collapsible

    1. Hi Steve, I find a good C-stand to be the most steady/strongest and then you can attach a Lastolite reflector holder to the C-stand. Just make sure the Lastolite reflector holder/arm is the right dimension/adjustable etc.

  6. Hi Karl,
    Why don’t you use Foba system?
    I know that it is most expensive stands, but I also found them very convenient to use in studio.

    1. Hi Leonid, I’ve used Foba before they are very good. A bit pricey but very good. I use Manfrotto for nearly everything and they are superb too.

  7. Hi Karl, I think it’s worth mentioning that unlike tripods, C-stands can be placed side-by-side with the legs overlapping due to them having different heights.

    1. Hi Jens, at 12:00 that is an Avenger (short) C-stand with a Grip. (it’s called a grip but it’s basically a metal rod and clamping system to the C-stand). Sometimes you can buy them together as a kit and sometimes separately. I’ll check in the studio tomorrow and see exactly which height etc it was as they do a few different sizes.


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