There are two types of stands to concern yourself with. The first being the camera stand the the second being the light stand. There are many various types and setups for both. I will give you a brief overview of the types but for this course you just need a way to mount your camera and have some desk lights.

Camera Tripod:

Camera Tirpods are the standard way around the world for artists and photographers to have a stable platform for their cameras to operate. The tripod typically has 3 legs and a mount for the camera. They range in price form cheap $15usd stands to thousands of dollars.

Desktop Stands for Webcameras and Phones:

Web Cameras and Smart Phones are very popular and have created a need for stands that can be used to photograph images. The selfie stick is a great example. There are many types of stands to choose from online that you can purchase that will serve you well in this course if you are using a web camera, phone or tablet. I would highly suggest you search Google or Amazon for something that is both stable and versitile. Alternatively you can also make a stand out of wood or cardboard.

Down Shooter or Rostrum:

Down Shooters and Rostrums are setups where the camera is suspended over a table and the cameras lens is directed down toward the table. They are used in cel animation, paper animation, and clay animation. The advantage of this is that the camera is stable and fixed to a position.


C-Stands are professionally made metal stands used to hold all sorts of things such as lights, reflectors, defusions, motion control sliders, and even cameras. They are essential for professional level productions but not necessary for this course.

Cheap Plastic Photo-flood stands:

There are a lot of cheap plastic stands on the market used for holding lights. These are typically sold with lights as a kit that is very accessible for the amatuer photographer or animator. Be careful though because they tend to tip over when being moved around.



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