No Kinky Cords

The first thing that one learns as a photo assistant is to keep the photographer who is employing you from looking bad. The worst thing that can happen on any set is a preventable injury. Someone tripping over a cord is the most likely peril.

If there’s such a thing as a cord snob society, I am certainly going to be the president. This sensibility was nurture, not nature and I blame a particular photographer who demanded perfection with every detail of his lighting setup.

Watching someone roll up a cord using that raised palm and lowered elbow technique drives me crazy. This method will lead to kinky cords over time and nobody wants that.

All cords get taped to the ground. Kinky cords need to be double taped which slows things down. This is why there’s so much emphasis on prevention.

In my world, everything runs on batteries now so cord management is long gone.

Once in a while, I’ll encounter a situation that calls out for some attention like this fellow’s workspace in lower Manhattan. I resisted the urge to straighten it up but it wasn’t easy.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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