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Workshop Review: Grip Gear 101 by Tony Chicas

22 Sep 2023 8:48 AM | Kathleen Kinser, CPP (Administrator)

The Grip Gear 101 Workshop by Douglas N. Burns was an enlightening experience for all photography enthusiasts hosted by the Professional Photographers Guild of Houston. Mr. Burns, with his extensive background in both Film and Still Photography, shared a wealth of knowledge that left participants inspired and better informed about the often-overlooked role of a "Grip" in the industry. Throughout his many years of experience, he showcased how the responsibilities of a Grip in the Film industry seamlessly translate into the realm of Still Photography.

Mr. Burns' workshop began by answering a fundamental question: What is a Grip? He explained that a Grip plays a pivotal role in setting up, rigging, and dismantling lighting equipment on a set. Moreover, Grips are responsible for maintaining equipment and ensuring it remains organized. In the Film industry, the Key Grip serves as the department's boss, while Dolly Grips assist the Camera department by skillfully moving the dolly. This comprehensive overview shed light on the crucial behind-the-scenes work that makes both film and photography projects come to life.

But what truly set this workshop apart was Douglas N. Burns' commitment to practicality. He not only explained the concepts but also showcased various useful tools and items he has utilized in his commercial work, film projects, and even his own portrait studio. From different light modifiers available in the market to the ones he personally crafted through DIY ingenuity, Mr. Burns provided a treasure trove of insights. This workshop became a true goldmine for photographers, offering a plethora of ideas and tools to elevate their craft.

As a participant, I can wholeheartedly attest that this workshop was an absolute gem. Douglas N. Burns' passion for the subject matter was infectious, and his ability to bridge the gap between the Film and Still Photography worlds was invaluable. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned photographer, this workshop is a must-attend event that will undoubtedly enrich your skills and deepen your understanding of the art.

Tony Chicas 

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