Learning About Grip Heads
Grip heads may be small, but they're very important when lighting a film set or photo studio. Also known as gobo heads, these components help you carry out a wide range of lighting functions. Understanding what they do and how to choose the right grip heads for your needs will help your buying decisions.
What Does a Grip Head Do?
Grip heads sit on top of light stands or C-stands, or they attach to rigging clamps. These mounts allow you to connect lighting equipment, such as lights, flags, nets, props, and accessories, via 5/8-inch or 3/8-inch rods.
Types of Grip Heads
There are many different types of grip heads to consider. Gag gobo grip heads offer an additional grip head for greater versatility, allowing you to add more components. Some grip heads feature "knuckle-saver handles," which help you lock components securely into place with just one hand. Unlike normal C-stand grip heads, mini grip heads are ideal for 5/8-inch baby studs. There are even micro gobo heads with a diameter of only 32mm, which are useful for tabletop shooting or miniature work.
Grip Head Features
Build your setup exactly how you want by choosing gobo heads with the right features. Heads with swivel pins are ideal if you want to achieve a larger range of motion, including tilting action. Some models feature V-jaws and oversized T-handles that you can easily attach to 2-inch trusses and other tubing. Choose heads with strong, nonslip super clamps if you want to attach them to elevated equipment that is inaccessible by C-stands.